Restless Books Team

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Ilan Stavans, Publisher

Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include On Borrowed WordsSpanglishDictionary DaysThe Disappearance, and A Critic’s Journey. He has edited The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature, the three-volume set Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected StoriesThe 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, and the Jewish Book Award. Stavans’s work, translated into a dozen languages, has been adapted to the stage and screen. He hosted the syndicated PBS television show Conversations with Ilan Stavans. He is a cofounder of the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst, Stanford, and Oxford. 


Nathan Rostron, EDITOR AND Marketing DIRECTOR

Nathan Rostron is the Editor and Marketing Director at Restless Books, overseeing marketing, publicity, sales, and distribution. 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.


Brinda Ayer, Managing Editor

Brinda Ayer manages Production and Operations at Restless Books. She moved to Brooklyn in 2013 from the UK, where she earned an MA in Early Modern English Literature from King's College London, and grew up in Los Angeles, where she completed a BA in English and Economics at UCLA. 


Jackson Saul, Assistant Editor

Since graduating from Williams College in 2013, Jackson Saul has lived in Brooklyn and worked for Restless Books. 


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.


JOSHUA ELLISON, co-founder

Joshua Ellison is the author, with Ilan Stavans, of Reclaiming Travel (Duke University Press, 2015). Before co-founding Restless with Stavans, he was the founding editor of Habitus, an international journal of Diaspora culture and literature. His work has appeared in The New York TimesWorld Policy Journal, on National Public Radio, and elsewhere.