About the Author
At The New Yorker, Daniel Menaker was the first editor to publish such newcomers as Michael Cunningham, David Foster Wallace, Susan Minot, George Saunders, Ann Packer, Michael Chabon, and Allegra Goodman, and he also worked with well-recognized authors such as Max Frisch, Stanislaw Lem, Alice Munro, Elmore Leonard, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Pauline Kael. In 1995, he moved to Random House as Senior Editor, and in 2001 he became Executive Editor at Harper Collins, returning to Random House as Executive Editor–in-Chief in 2003 and working with such authors as Billy Collins, Elizabeth Strout, Gary Shteyngart, Curtis Sittenfeld, Nassim Taleb, Benjamin Kunkel, Reza Aslan, Colum McCann, and Sister Helen Prejean. He left Random House in 2007.
Menaker is the author of two books of short stories (two of which won O. Henry Awards) and a novel, The Treatment, which in 2006 was made into an independent film starring Famke Janssen and Ian Holm. He has written journalism, essays, and humor for many prominent magazines and newspapers, especially The New Yorker. He was a judge for the 2008 Story Prize and has also taught graduate writing courses at the City University of New York and UCLA, was the Editorial Producer and Presenter for the online book program Titlepage (titlepage.tv), has served as an expert witness in a libel trial, and has conducted interviews with writers at Symphony Space and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Recently, he has begun an editorial consultancy with Barnes & Noble’s e-reader, the nook.