Dana Murphy is a literary agent at The Book Group. After studying critical film theory and sociology at New York University, Dana began her literary career assisting Brettne Bloom and Elisabeth Weed. In 2015, The Book Group was founded, and Dana began building her own list alongside that team.
Dana is hungry for writing that is immersive and surprising, with a voice so distinct it makes her cancel plans and read through meals. She is attracted to upmarket and literary fiction for both adults and young adults, and smart narrative nonfiction, journalism and essay collections about pop culture, social issues, science, feminism, race, gender, film and television, music, comedy, religion, and place. Across genre, she is interested in finding marginalized voices that speak to the radical change our world is searching for. Right now, she’s looking for journalism that looks at cultural phenomena through a fresh lens, cultural criticism with an eye towards historically maligned pop culture, and a really fantastic romantic comedy that’s genuinely funny. Dana does not represent picture books, middle grade, screen plays, or poetry.
Born and raised in Long Island, Dana lived in New York City for a decade before moving to Philadelphia last year.