Get to Know an Agent in Attendance: Ismita Hussain of Great Dog Literary

Ismita Hussain is a literary agent with Great Dog Literary.

“I am seeking literary fiction, health-related non-fiction, YA, and short story collections. Some of my favorite authors are Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Oscar Wilde, and Tom Perrotta. I am especially drawn to fiction with a Southern setting, gritty realist writing, and any books that explore health or disability. Ultimately though, I’m a sucker for writing with a great sense of humor.”

A Little More About What I’m Looking For:

– Satire, and humorous fiction that comes with a message or reveals a truth about people/society

– Retellings of classic stories that haven’t been redone to death and that provide a twist or a fresh new take

– Narrative nonfiction that discusses medicine or health in a way that is accessible and well researched

– Nonfiction that makes the reader see their body in a different way

– Cookbooks that explore a niche ingredient/theme and cookbooks that tell a story

– Quirky and visually stunning coffee table books

Fun facts about me:

“I am a Georgia native and graduate of Emory University, where I studied Human Health and Italian. During college, I also worked for various Atlanta area hospitals in departments ranging from neonatal to geriatric care. In my Desi household, I grew up speaking Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu.”