Tequila’s popularity shows no sign of slowing. Inspired by National Tequila Day, DeLeón Tequila has worked with star bartenders
in New York, LA and Miami to create secret off-menu cocktails that
highlight DeLeón Platinum, a handcrafted Blanco with a smooth fruity
palate. Insiders can ask for them from coast-to-coast, or make them for
friends at home.
Behind the Scenes of Riverhead: Meet Danya Kukafka!
It’s time for another BEHIND-THE-SCENES at Riverhead Books!
We love introducing you to our amazing staff who do so much hard work here to
get our books into the world. Today we introduce you to Danya Kukafka, an
Assistant Editor who is not only an incredibly warm, lovely colleague and a
brilliant editor, she is also a talented writer herself. Her debut novel Girl in Snow comes this August from
Simon & Schuster. It’s an addictive, page-turning thriller about the
mysterious murder of a small town golden girl; Girl in Snow already being called “suspenseful and electrifying”!
Meantime, we sat down with Danya and asked her to share more
of her personal story.
Where did you go to college/what
was your major?
I went to
New York University, where I studied fiction writing.
How did you get started in book
reading for a literary agency (The Book Group) while I was still in school.
They would give me a manuscript every week, and I’d write a report then come in
for a discussion. They always provided cookies and coffee— I knew right away
that publishing was the place for me.
What are some interesting things
you do as part of your job?
I love reading
manuscripts before they become books, of course, but there are so many things
that make being an editor at Riverhead so special. Between designing cocktails
with NYC restaurants to match our books (check out the #RiverheadBar),
attending screenings of major motion pictures (The Girl on the Train, anyone?) and crash-reading next year’s big
book in the middle of the night, I also get to have wonderful interactions with
authors I deeply admire. The most interesting aspect for me is talking to
authors about the shape of their books before they’re fully formed, and helping
them mold their stories into fully realized universes.
What do you look for when looking
at manuscripts on submission?
I look for
books that absorb me completely—that take me so far into new worlds that I
forget where I am. I look for stories that have a reason to exist, an
underlying fundamental purpose that screams out from the page, and says
something specific and unique and affecting to the reader. This isn’t always
obvious, usually more of a feeling than a strategy, and I’m still learning the
art. But I think there’s an electricity to a good book, and as an editor it’s
hard to find— when we do find it, it takes us over entirely and that’s the most
Any favorite highlight of working
at Riverhead so far?
French food with Meg Wolitzer and Lauren Groff for Riverhead Table! It was a
day filled with champagne and lovely company. A guitar and a Joni Mitchell
songbook even made an appearance.
In Los Angeles, bars are getting big. High-end real estate
agents are frequently seeing hulking cocktail bars large enough for
bellying up. Some brokers in New York are also noticing an uptick and Manhattan owners are adding them on their own.
It’s the weekend, so here’s a collection of some of the “Bar Tabs” pieces I’ve done for the New Yorker over the past year! They each accompanied a short review featuring an interesting place to have a drink in the city. From top to bottom: The Happiest Hour, 67 Orange Street, Loosie Rouge, Kilo Bravo, Standings, Sunrise Sunset, Threes, Tropical 128, The Duck, and Stay Classy New York. Thanks as always to my AD Deanna Donegan, and the New Yorker!
Now go out and have a delicious cocktail! It’s Saturday!
You know how swiss army knives are super dope bc they’re the perfect tool for all occasions? Thats exactly what Virigina’s is. It’s the perfect resto for anything. Proposal? Yea. Chill drink in a heatwave? Ya. CUTTLEFISH??? YE. It’s perfect in a super lit cool way, like when swiss army was considered a fire brand. I remember when my mom would take me to shop at the store in Soho and I’d get all this rad gear. I looked really safari ready tho with waterproof blazers and ripstop backpacks; I even had a watch with a flashlight on it. You’d never think i was shopping for 6th grade, but I didn’t mind dripping in over a G of v technical gear. They had this dope lifetime guarantee on shit too, so every year I’d break a zipper on my bag to get the newest version of that backpack. That’s some very Life Hack Style Living℠. TWEET IT.
Tip: very cozy vibes here. If you’re a baller get the moon shaped table in the second room by the window. Capone status
Tip: drinks are 10 alarm fire refreshing especially the sunny girl
Tip: they have fire specials here.
Tip: gnocchi is dope.
Pricing: gnocchi ($18), seared cuttle fish ($14), sunny girl ($9)
When to come here: date, chill east village vibe with culinary realness, dinner with parents if they’re cool, intimate dinners.