Kate Napolitano is an Executive Editor at Atria Books, working on non-fiction in the categories of memoir, narrative non-fiction, pop culture, and humor. She aims to publish books that entertain and inform, and is passionate about working with authors who can shape our cultural conversation about race, gender, and socioeconomics in an accessible way. Kate is particularly interested in working with writers who challenge the dominant discourse and illuminate social inequities (“good troublemakers”), creatives from unusual and surprising backgrounds, and cultural critics who blend highbrow/lowbrow analysis with voice and verve.
Prior to joining Atria, Kate held positions at HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Penguin Random House, where she acquired and edited bestselling and critically acclaimed works including Love, Pamela by pin-up and activist Pamela Anderson; She Memes Well by actress/producer Quinta Brunson; No One Asked for This by humorist Cazzie David; Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by journalist Michael Harriot; Gone ‘TilNovember by rapper Lil Wayne; Sellout: The Major Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore by music journalist Dan Ozzi; Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by culture critic Anne Helen Petersen; The Last Book on the Left from the horror-comedy podcast of the same name; The 99% Invisible Field Guide to the City by podcasters Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt; and You Can’t Touch My Hair by comedian/actress Phoebe Robinson. Forthcoming titles include To Catch a Fascist by political reporter Christopher Mathias, An American Girl: How a Billion Dollar Doll (And Its Unlikely Founder) Changed Girlhood Forever by journalist Amanda FitzSimons, No Sense in Wishing by culture writer Lawrence Burney, and a new memoir from Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.