Stephen Barbara represents books for young readers, and adult fiction and nonfiction. His clients include New York Times and international bestseller Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall, Delirium), Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestseller Laura Amy Schlitz (Splendors and Glooms), #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Ricardo Cortés (Go the F*** to Sleep), Indie bestsellers Lynne Jonell (Emmy & the Rat series, The Secret of Zoom) and Lisa Graff (A Tangle of Knots), Edgar Award nominees Jack D. Ferraiolo (The Big Splash) and Todd Strasser (Give a Boy a Gun, Kill You Last), popular fantasy author Marlene Perez (Dead Is series) as well as the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit and the multimedia arts organization The Story Pirates, among many others.
Stephen grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and later attended the University of Chicago, where he studied English and literary criticism and was a co-founder of the college’s literary magazine. After a stint as a freelance book reviewer and sports writer for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Weekly Standard, Stephen began his publishing career, working first as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins, then spending three years as Contracts Director of the Donald Maass Agency.
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