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Emily Bell

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty, 2018

Emily Bell is a Senior Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the Director of FSG Originals. She publishes Lucia Berlin, Amelia Gray, Catherine Lacey, and Laura van den Berg, among others. Prior to FSG she worked at Riverhead Books.


Selected Media

"In Conversation with Emily Bell." Callie Collins, Midnight Breakfast 12.

"But ultimately the most important thing to me is the writing. That it’s unlike pretty much anything I’ve ever read before. And it’s usually funny. Not everything I publish is funny, but I think that this world is so fucked up that there’s so much room to laugh about the sadness and the darkness and the fact that we’re all going to die. It’s pretty funny to me! Some people get real, real worried about it, but I just think it’s pretty funny. That has to come through in the writing within the first, say, twenty pages of a manuscript. Though I’d say that within three or four pages, I know whether I’m going to be interested or not."

"Farrar, Straus & Giroux Gets 'Original'." Rachel Deahl, Publishers Weekly (Jan 17, 2014).

"The books coming out of FSG Originals have crossed genres—titles have swung from nonfiction to hard-boiled noir to science fiction—and, ultimately, it’s about the writing, and the story, for [senior ediotor Sean] McDonald. “They’re all books driven by strong, distinct, unusual voices, crafted with obsessive care, powered with a bit of manic energy,” he said."

FSG Originals

"FSG Originals are driven by voices that insist on being heard, stories that demand to be told, writers who are compelled to show us something new. They defy categorization and expectation. They are, in a word, original."


Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Farrar, Straus and Company was founded in 1946 by Roger W. Straus and John C. Farrar. In 1964 Robert Giroux’s name was added to the roster and the company became Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The firm is renowned for its international list of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books. Farrar, Straus and Giroux authors have won extraordinary acclaim over the years, including numerous National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and twenty-two Nobel Prizes in literature."