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Jessica Papin

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Literary Agent
Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B. With a background on both sides of the desk, she loves working collaboratively with clients to shape and refine their work. Her stay in the Middle East has given her an abiding interest in the history and politics of the region, as well as the broader Islamic world. She is interested in plot-driven literary and smart commercial fiction, and narrative non-fiction across a range of subjects, including history, medicine, science, economics, and women's issues. In every case, she looks for passion, erudition, and storytelling skill. A wry sense of humor doesn't hurt. A sampling of projects include Mychal Denzel Smith’s Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching; Therese Oneill’s Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady's Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners; Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution; Qais Akbar Omar’s A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story; Christopher Yates’ Black Chalk and Grist Mill Road and Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell, Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson, and In Search of the Canary Tree by Lauren Oakes.