Deborah Ritchken has a broad based knowledge of the book world. After college she managed a chain of bookstores in the Midwest; learned editing and production with a small LA-based publishing house, and had positions as a marketing manager at major publishing houses. Deborah was previously with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and the Castiglia Literary Agency.
Deborah is currently looking for lifestyle books, specifically in the areas of food, design and entertaining; pop culture; women’s issues; biography; and current events. Her niche interest is projects about France, including fiction.
A few of her current projects are Cuisine Niçoise, French Comfort Food Le French Oven and French Desserts by food and travel journalist Hillary Davis (Gibbs Smith); Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist and his Kitchen Garden at Giverny by Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell (Gibbs Smith); The Portable Feast by cookbook author and former Bon Appetit Contributing Editor Jeanne Kelley (Rizzoli); My Paris Market Cookbook by Emily Dilling (Skyhorse); Ernesto: Hemingway’s Life in Cuba by literary scholar Andrew Feldmabr One); Hungry for France (Rizzoli); Preservation Pantry: Getting the Most from Your Produce: Root-to-Top, Stem-to-Core by Sarah Marshall (Regan Arts); The Vegan Bible by Jean-Christian Jury (Phaidon); Beach House Brunch and Farm-to Table Desserts by Lei Shishak and Open-Faced: 65 Sandwich Recipes From Around the World by Karen Kaplan, 20-year alum of Bon Appetit.
Follow Deborah on Twitter at @DeborahRitchken.