Linda Chester began her publishing career at Doubleday. After earning a Masters in Communications, she established the The Linda Chester Literary Agency in La Jolla, California. In 1992, Linda opened a new headquarters in New York City, and today the firm is one of the few bi-coastal agencies. Linda represents books in the areas of literary and commercial fiction, biography/memoir, history, current events/politics, health and beauty, the fine and performing arts, and business. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of the Salk Institute and the Board of Directors for The La Jolla Playhouse.
Laurie Fox, who joined the agency in 1989, is our West Coast Associate. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Writing and Theatre Arts), she is a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books); and two novels, My Sister from the Black Lagoon (starred Publishers Weekly review; San Francisco Chronicle bestseller) and The Lost Girls, both published by Simon & Schuster. She represents books in the areas of literary fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture/quirky humor, upmarket spirituality, and cutting-edge science.
Gary Jaffe, Executive Manager, has a bachelor's degree in theatre and music from Syracuse University. With a varied background in the arts and office management, he lends both his literary and theatrical talents to the agency.
A Sampling of Our Celebrated Titles:
With a client list that includes novelists, historians and journalists, the Linda Chester Literary Agency is extremely proud to represent national treasure Wally Lamb and his two New York Times bestselling novels and Oprah Club selections, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True. The agency also represented two of the last books by bestselling author (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff) Richard Carlson, as well as wildly popular novelist Jennifer Weiner's Good In Bed and In Her Shoes. We are delighted to represent international Buddhist author/teacher Thich Nhat Hanh's The Art of Power; James R. Hansen's authorized biography of Neil Armstrong, First Man, a NYT bestseller; Winston S. Churchill's collection of his grandfather's speeches, Never Give In; acclaimed New York Times bestselling novelist, Lolly Winston's Good Grief and Happiness Sold Separately; Rosemary Clooney's autobiography, Girl Singer; Jonathan Kirsch's bestselling The Harlot By the Side of the Road and Moses; Cameron West's New York Times bestselling memoir First Person Plural; Robert Zubrin's classic science book The Case For Mars; Daniel H. Wilson's How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Wired's 2006 Book of the Year; Elizabeth Brundage's literary thrillers The Doctor's Wife and Somebody Else's Daughter; Carolyn Cooke's story collection, The Bostons, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Los Angeles Times "Best Book of the Year"; 3-time BookSense Pick novelist Tim Farrington, author of The Monk Downstairs, a New York Times Notable Book; literary crime novelist David Corbett's New York Times Notable novel Done for A Dime, as well as The Devil's Redhead, nominated for both an Anthony and Barry Award, and his Blood of Paradise, nominated for the Edgar; the classic parenting guide, The Wonder of Boys by Michael Gurian; international yoga star Donna Farhi's The Breathing Book and Yoga Mind Body and Soul; and Pamela Keogh's illustrated AudreyStyle and What Would Audrey Do?
Barbara Schoichet has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied with Grace Paley. She has taught Creative Writing at Stephens College, Santa Fe Community College, and one year abroad in Lancaster, England, as well as 19th Century Russian Literature and Creative Writing at Denver University.
Barbara's publications include a nonfiction book entitled The New Single Woman: Discovering a Life of Her Own (Contemporary Books) and two children's books for Price, Stern, Sloan's Amazing Maze series. Her short stories have appeared in MSS, a literary magazine founded by John Gardner, and the Sarah Lawrence Literary Review. In addition, she took second place in the Westword Fiction Contest, and was the winner (along with Charles Baxter) of "Three Stories by Three Writers" in Permafrost, a literary magazine published in Alaska.
While completing her PhD in England, she delivered an academic paper entitled: Why Write? Finding Truth or Writing Lies at the 2010 Great Writers Conference in Bangor, Wales. She also published a book review in the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies entitled: "Roads of Her Own: Gendered Space and Mobility in American Women's Road Narratives." Her PhD dissertation, Uniting the Split Protagonist, is now bound and available in the Lancaster University library.
An avid biker, Barbara has owned three Harley-Davidson motorcycles and logged in more than 10,000 miles, including a 3,988-mile cross-country trip she made from New York to Los Angeles on a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom. Both she and the bike completed the journey unscathed, even though - like her protagonist - she took the motorcycle to 100 mph every day (just to say she did it). Unfortunately, one week after arriving in Los Angeles, she was listening to Bob Dylan's Tangled Up in Blue, going a leisurely 50 mph, when she slid 40 feet trying to avoid a collision with a car. She survived to write her novel, Don't Think Twice (Putnam, December 6, 2016); the bike, however, didn't make it.
A bit of a wonderer, Barbara has lived in seven states, fifteen cities, and three countries. She currently resides in New York City, where she is working on her next book, tentatively entitled, New York Transplant.