Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 21, 2021

Goodbye Gary Paulsen – New Agency: Trellis Literary Management –

Obituary: Gary Paulsen

Gary died suddenly last week at the age of 82. Inspired by a sense of adventure, including two Iditarod runs, he was the author of more than 200 books, which have sold more than 35 million copies. Farrar Straus Children’s will publish his final novel, Northwind, in January.

I was lucky to meet Gary and to have the pleasure of reading his books. If you missed reading Hatchet, you’ve missed reading a very good book. Gary, you will be missed!




Agents Michelle BrowerStephanie Delman and Allison Hunter launch a new agency, Trellis Literary Management, last Thursday. Hunter arrives from Janklow & Nesbit; Delman has been at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates; and Brower, who was most recently an agent at Aevitas Creative Management, will join the team on November 2.

“We are really devoted to bringing in new voices, underrepresented voices, and not only bringing them in, but supporting those careers in a really holistic, long-term way,” Brower told PL. “And that’s everything from actual people in stories we’re representing to the mechanics of it. We want to be on the vanguard of what we’re able to get for our clients from publishers so that they can be most successful.”

Allison Malecha will start in December as director of foreign rights in addition to building her own domestic clients; she is currently a senior scout at Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting. Two additional agents will join in November, Danya Kukafka at Aevitas and Mariah Stovall at Howland Literary, along with Natalie Edwards, who is currently a literary assistant at Janklow & Nesbit and will assist Hunter and Brower as well as develop her own client list.

The agency wrote in its press release that it will represent genres ranging from “literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction, to narrative, memoir, and pop culture nonfiction and select YA.” The partners and agents each bring their full client lists with them.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. That’s fun to hear about the new agency and why they chose that name. Very clever.

    I was sad to read about Gary.

    Thanks, Kathy.


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