Restless Books Team

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Ilan Stavans, Publisher

Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed Words, Spanglish, Dictionary Days, The Disappearance, and A Critic’s Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, among dozens of other volumes. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Chile’s Presidential Medal, the International Latino Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans’s work, translated into twenty languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. A cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and Dublin, he is the host of the NPR podcast "In Contrast."


Nathan Rostron, EDITOR AND Marketing DIRECTOR

Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director of Restless Books. Previously, as an online literary editor, he helped to launch Bookish, an innovative book discovery startup. Prior to that, as an editor at Little, Brown and Company, he edited several award winners and New York Times bestsellers. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Nathan holds a BA in English from Pomona College and a Masters in English and Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Benjamin Samuel, Managing Editor

Benjamin Samuel is the Managing Editor of Restless Books. He has an MFA from Brooklyn College, and his writing has been published by McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Publishers Weekly, Men's Journal, Atticus Books, and elsewhere. He is the Co-Founder of Electric Literature's weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, and the former Director of Programs at the National Book Foundation. He volunteers with the Brooklyn Book Festival, where he serves on its Literary Council and its Fiction Committee. Most days, you can find him in Brooklyn and at @benasam.


Alicia LÓpez, Editorial Assistant

Alicia López grew up in Costa Rica and holds a BA in English and Art from Amherst College.  She joined Restless Books in 2017.



Annette Hochstein served as president of Mandel Foundation-Israel from 2002 to 2010. Prior to joining Mandel, Annette worked at Jerusalem's municipal planning department. She was appointed by Mayor Teddy Kollek as director of Project Renewal in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood. As a co-founder of Nativ Policy and Planning Consultants, she contributed to projects including the West Bank Data Project, the Israel Experience Project and the Commission for Jewish Education in North America. Annette holds an MA from the New School for Social Research in urban affairs and policy analysis. She was a Humphrey Fellow at MIT. She serves on the board of the National Library of Israel.
















Founding Staff

Ilan Stavans, CO-founder

JOSHUA ELLISON, co-founder


Michael Berk, Digital Director

Brinda ayer, Managing Editor

Jackson saul, assistant editor


Equal Employment Opportunity StATEMENT

Restless Books is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, Restless Books does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.