Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency

We are a full-service, highly selective literary agency based in New York City. Every day we draw on our expertise as former publishers to ensure that the material we submit stands out. We’re fascinated by how books and ideas spread, and so we’re deeply involved in all aspects of maximizing a book’s life in the marketplace – including the digital, film and licensing worlds.

We’ve helped journalists and academics discover the nonfiction book they're truly excited to write – and that mainstream publishers are eager to acquire. We’ve re-built careers and we’ve launched first-time novelists. Many of our titles are award winners. We’ve had great success in the international market. Last year, three of our titles were on the New York Times bestseller list, for a total of seventy-two weeks. Our goal is to build long-lasting careers.

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee


At the age of ten, Shallee McArthur first read Lois Lowry's The Giver, and knew she would someday write her own story about the power of human memory. Over fifteen years later, she wrote her debut YA sci fi novel, The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. It focuses on a teenage girl who stores her memories in external objects and must hunt down a memory thief with the help of the only person she's ever forgotten. Featuring themes of identity, prejudice, and the complications of family love, it was praised by Kirkus for its "sensitive handling of emotional details...For anyone fascinated with thoughts of omniscience and total social connection—and who isn't?—McArthur's debut suggests fascinating and chilling possibilities.

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee