Laurie Fox is the West Coast agent for the Linda Chester Literary Agency, which has its home office in Manhattan. As Chester’s partner, Fox joined the agency in 1989, and is celebrating 27 years with the agency; before then, she worked at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Laurie is also a published author of fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books, poetry), and two novels: My Sister from the Black Lagoon (Simon & Schuster, a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller; PW Starred Review); and The Lost Girls (Simon & Schuster), a novel inspired by the themes of Peter Pan.
Fox is a former bookseller, creative writing teacher, and freelance literary consultant/editor. For the Chester Agency, Fox acquires, develops, and markets books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, memoir/biography, smart and satirical popular culture, and cutting-edge science. With Linda Chester, Laurie co-agented two-time Oprah Book Club novelist Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True. Other books of Laurie’s include NYT’s bestselling author’s Cheryl Strayed’s first novel, Torch; Lolly Winston's New York Times bestselling novel Good Grief; literary crime novelist and Edgar Award nominee David Corbett's Done For a Dime, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Carolyn Cooke's story collection, The Bostons (NY Times Notable Book of the Year, a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of the Year,” winner of the PEN/Bingham Award); New York Times bestseller, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen; Mars scientist Robert Zubrin's classic The Case For Mars; Michael Gurian's classic parenting book The Wonder of Boys; Donna Farhi's yoga bestsellers, The Breathing Book and Yoga Mind Body and Spirit; the hugely popular Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo; Wired’s Book of the Year, How to Survive a Robot Uprising by roboticist Daniel Wilson as well as 9 of his other books, including the NYT’s bestselling novel Robopocalypse which Spielberg plans to direct as a feature film; and Melissa Cistaro's literary memoir Pieces of My Mother (#1 IndieNext list).