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agent :
Janis Donnaud
Janis A. Donnaud & Associates, Inc.
77 Bleecker Street - Suite C1-25, New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-2664

JANIS A. DONNAUD & ASSOCIATES, INC. was founded over 20 years ago by Janis Donnaud, who had previously been Vice President and Associate Publisher of the Random House Adult Trade Group.

The agency develops and represents a wide range of commercially successful properties. It negotiates publishing agreements with the top trade houses in the U.S., licenses all subsidiary rights, including UK and translation rights, and film and performance rights. The agency’s varied list is concentrated mainly on nonfiction for the general reader, with an emphasis on the culinary, narrative non-fiction, health/wellness and medical books, cultural subjects, contemporary society. Does not represent fiction and/or children’s books.

years experience: over 20 years as an agent
Biography, Business/investing/finance, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Lifestyle, Cookbooks, African-American, Science, Cookbooks, Food Writing, Memoir, Health, Lifestyle, Science, Narrative Non-Fiction, Cultural Subjects, Animal Books, Contemporary Social Issues, “Big Think” Books, Women’s Issues
My agency has a strong and varied list of best-selling, award winning non-fiction authors active in the fields of food writing, health/wellness, memoirs, cultural subjects and social issues including Melissa Clark, weekly New York Times culinary columnist and author of the forthcoming Dinner (Clarkson Potter/Crown); Gina Homolka, author of the New York Times/ USA Today Best-Seller THE SKINNYTASTE COOKBOOK (Clarkson Potter/Crown); internationally known endocrinologist Robert H. Lustig, M.D., whose expose of the connections between sugar and processed food and obesity and chronic disease FAT CHANCE (Hudson Street Press/Penguin) was a New York Times Best-Seller and the subject of a major documentary film; Susan Blum, M.D., head of the Blum Center for Health, for her groundbreaking book THE IMMUNE SYSTEM RECOVERY PLAN (Scribner); and renowned Cornell University gerontologist and founder of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, Dr. Karl Pillemer for his books 30 LESSONS FOR LIVING, an international bestseller, and 30 LESSONS FOR LOVING, (both Hudson Street Press/Penguin); and B. Smith and Dan Gasby for their NYT bestselling memoir BEFORE I FORGET (Harmony) written with Vanity Fair journalist Michael Shnayerson; The NYT Bestseller THE DOGIST by Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan).

I also have an extensive list of high-profile, best-selling culinary books by prominent master chefs and TV food stars, including Carla Hall of ABC’s hit show “The Chew; James Beard Chef Of the Year winners Los Angeles chefs Suzanne Goin, of Lucques and A.O.C and Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza, Amy Thielen, whose debut book, THE NEW MIDWESTERN TABLE, won a James Beard book award and was selected as one of the best cookbooks of the year by NPR; Donald Link, chef/owner of Herbsaint and Cochon in New Orleans and James Beard Award winning author of REAL CAJUN and DOWN SOUTH; chef Jody Williams, author of BUVETTE: The Pleasures of Good Food and Jim Lahey, author of the ground-breaking books, MY BREAD and MY PIZZA, and Carla Hall co-host of the hit TV show The Chew and author of two cookbooks.

In addition, I represent numerous noted national culinary brands, such as Blue Apron, Forks Over Knives and Sur La Table.

SKINNYTASTE - FAST AND SLOW by Gina Homolka (Clarkson Potter); DINNER by Melissa Clark (Clarkson Potter/Crown); THE BLUE APRON COOKBOOK (HarperWave); FORKS OVER KNIVES GLOBAL FLAVORS (HarperWave); THE LITTLE DOGIST by Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan).
The agency is a member of both the Authors Guild and the Association of Authors Representatives. I was the V.P. Associate Publisher of the Random House Adult Trade Group, before starting my agency.
UK – Abner Stein Agency
(contact: Anna Carmichael

Germany – Liepman Agency
(contact: Hannah Fosh

France – Eliane Benisti Agency
(contact: Noemie Rollet

Italy – Berla & Griffini (contact: Erica

Scandinavia, Spain, Latin America, Portugal, Brazil - Lennart Sane Agency
(contact: Philip Sane

Netherlands –Sebes & Bisseling
(contact: Willem Bisseling -

Eastern Europe/Baltic – Graal Agency
(contact: Michal Landsberger

Japan – Tuttle-Mori Agency
(contact: Shoko Kobayashi

Chinese - Big Apple Agency
(contact: Vincent Lin (Taiwan) & Wendy King (PRC)

Korea – Shin Won Agency
(contact: Tae-Eun Kim

Turkey – Kalem Agency
(contact: Nazli Gurkas

Janis A. Donnaud, President
Teresa Cavanaugh, Rights Manager
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