Meg Thompson (Founder) grew up in Lubbock, TX and moved to NY in 1998 to attend New York University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a degree in British and American Literature. She started in publishing in 2002 working for President Bill Clinton in his Harlem office as a researcher and fact checker on his memoir, My Life. She then went to work for Charlie Rose as a writer and researcher at his legendary PBS show before joining LJK Literary Management in 2005. She worked at LJK for six years before founding her own agency with Susanna Einstein, the Einstein Thompson Agency. After three successful years at ETA, Meg decided to launch her own agency, Thompson Literary LLC. Her clients include #1 NY Times bestselling cookbook author Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food, NY Times bestsellers Ken Denmead, Kelle Hampton, and Jeremy Rifkin, NY Times and New Yorker essayist Tim Kreider, Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown, Daily Rituals author Mason Currey, Mapping Manhattan author Becky Cooper, adventure reporter and Ghost Wave author Chris Dixon, caterer to the stars Mary Giuliani, author of the Gypset series and NY Times Style reporter Julia Chaplin, James Beard Award-winner Alan Tardi, New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake, designer Ayse Birsel, Octopus! author, NPR, and Scientific America journalist Katherine Harmon Courage, Missy LeHand biographer Kathryn Smith, and memoirist and women's rights activist Maria Toorpakai. She is interested in biography, memoir, music, popular science, politics, blog-to-book projects, cookbooks, sports, health and wellness, spirituality, fashion, art, and popular culture.
Molly Reese Lerner (Associate Agent) graduated cum laude from the Gallatin School at NYU, where she studied literature and languages. Since working in publishing she has represented such clients as NYT Bestseller Stephanie McAfee and the estate of the prolific Donald E. Westlake. At TLA she will handle audio and ebook rights while looking for clients in the realms of food, memoir, literary fiction, and anything she can't stop reading.
John Thorn (Affiliate Agent) brings to TLA more than four decades in the book industry, as a publisher, author, and literary representative. He is the Official Historian of Major League Baseball. Apart from his creation, with Pete Palmer, of the fondly recalled encyclopedia Total Baseball, he is often visible on ESPN, The History Channel, and other television outlets. He was also a major on-screen presence in and chief consultant to Ken Burns's PBS documentary, Baseball. He has served as curatorial consultant and literary representative to the Museum of the City of New York, for whom he created New York 400, and currently works with the National Museum of American Jewish History and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is interested in sports projects, of course, and historical nonfiction of all sorts.