Elise Capron


Elise Capron is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, which was established over 30 years ago and is known for guiding the careers of many best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, including Amy Tan, Lisa See, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chitra Divakaruni, Eric Foner, Marcus Rediker, and many more. A graduate of Emerson College, Elise holds a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. She has been with the Dijkstra Agency since 2003.On the fiction side, Elise is interested in serious character-driven literary fiction with unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge, and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. On the non-fiction front, she is looking primarily for well-written narrative nonfiction, particularly history. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. A few of Elise’s recent and soon-to-be-published books include Courtney Brkic’s The First Rule of Swimming (Little, Brown), Tiphanie Yanique’sThe Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead) and How to Escape From a Leper Colony (Graywolf), Jane Vandenburgh’sThe Wrong Dog Dream: A True Romance (Counterpoint), Jonathon Keats’ Forged: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (Oxford University Press), Maureen McHugh’s After the Apocalypse (Small Beer Press) which was picked as a “Top Ten Book of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, Billy Smith’sShip of Death: The Voyage That Changed the Atlantic World, Jack Shuler’s upcoming The Noose: A History (Public Affairs), and many more.


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