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William Boggess

William Boggess started his career at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill before joining Barer Literary, where he worked on bestselling titles such as Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed, Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang, and Madeline Miller’s Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles.

After a few years, he moved to the editorial department at Little, Brown and Company, where he worked on a broad range of fiction and nonfiction, including Annie Jacobsen’s Area 51, Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb, and fiction from legendary authors such as Tom Wolfe, Daniel Woodrell, and Edna O’Brien.

He returned to Barer Literary as an agent, representing literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, and worked editorially on some of the most acclaimed books of 2014, including Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Joshua Ferris’s Booker-shortlisted To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and Lily King’s Kirkus Prize-winning Euphoria.

William’s select booklist can be found below.


New York Times Bestseller

“A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920’s…”

“A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose story needed to be told.”

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

“Some books simply carry you along on the strength and energy of the author’s invention and unique view of the world. this is one of those books.”
—Stephen king

“Gut-bustingly funny… so clever and its reach so big … a major achievement.”
—Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe’s previous bestselling novels, Back To Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.”

“back to blood is a return to form, a work that solidifies Wolfe’s stature as one of the best … this is a book that will do for Miami what Wolfe’s mega-hit the bonfire of the Vanities did for New York.”
—Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

Editors’ Choice
—Times Book Review

A Best Book of 2013

A Best Book of 2013
—Washington Post

An NPR 2013 “great read”

“Edna O’Brien writes the most beautiful, aching stories of any writer, anywhere.”
—Alice Munro, Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature

“O’Brien mixes her trademark lyricism with a brutal depiction of lives marred by violence.”
—Publishers Weekly

New York Times Bestseller

Amazon Best Book of the Month

Top 10 book of 2011 in People magazine, Time magazine, Esquire magazine, and Booklist.

“Kevin Wilson’s debut brims with just-so observations about the anxiety of influence, parental and artistic.”
—Financial Times

Now a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, and Christopher Walken.

“One of the best books of the year.”
—Publishers Weekly

“St. Germain has created a work of austere, luminous beauty. . . . In his understated, eloquent way, St. Germain makes you feel the heat, taste the dust, see those shimmering streets. By the end of the book, you know his mother, even though you never met her. And like the author, you will mourn her forever.”

National Bestseller

“Kean’s thoughtful, humorous book is a joy to read.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A science journalist with a flair for words…[Kean’s] language is fluid and accessible, even for the science-challenged.”
Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

National Bestseller

‘Her research is compellingly hard-hitting … the book is noteworthy for its author’s dogged devotion to her research … it makes an indelible impression.’
New York Times

“An informative history…about the creativity, political acumen, and courage of the high-flying Cold Warriors who sought to protect the free world in the decades after World War II.”
—Bloomberg, Andrew Dunn 

“With revealing observations on the centuries-old link between Jews and the diamond industry, and sparkling accounts of her familial ties to the business…. Oltuski, daughter of a diamond dealer, brings clarity in this study of the industry.”
Publishers Weekly 

“A piercing, intensely readable book. Ms. Oltuski guides us through New York’s diamond business, one of the world’s most fascinating and hard-to-penetrate communities, with great aplomb.”
Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story 

“Alicia Oltuski is an intrepid journalist able to write with precision and insight about the big issues in the diamond trade and the intimate details of life on Forty-Seventh Street.”
Tony Hall, U.S. Representative

More Books

“Fast, true and incredibly rewarding…A remarkable achievement.”
―USA Today

“Wildly romantic and surprisingly suspenseful….bringing those dark figures back to life, making them men again, and while she’s at it, using her passionate companion piece to The Iliad as a subtle swipe at today’s ongoing debate over gay marriage. Talk about updating the classics.”
―Time magazine

“One of the best novelistic adaptations of Homer in recent memory, and it offers strikingly well-rounded and compassionate portrait of Achilles….[Miller] injects a newfound sense of suspense into a story with an ending that has already been determined.”
―Wall Street Journal

A New York Times Bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize

Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction

New York Times Bestseller

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Winner of the Alex Award

Winner of the APALA Award for Fiction

NEA Big Read Selection