Max SinsheimerMax Sinsheimer represents a wide range of adult nonfiction, with a particular interest in popular science, history, biography, food and cookery, travel/adventure, (light) true crime, and social issues. He loves when an author has a personal angle into a larger societal story, as in Disposable City, which is about Miami’s sea level rise crisis, but begins with the author’s decision to buy a home in the city he grew up in, only to realize that the properties he’s viewing would literally be under water within a 30-year mortgage term. 

Max is also on the lookout for great place-specific narratives. A recent example from his list would be Mars on Earth (forthcoming 2024), where the author goes on a 1,200-mile journey deep into the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, searching for a deeper understanding of his partner and his adoptive homeland. Finally, he is keen to work with more investigative journalists like Steve Hendricks, who tenaciously researched the suspicious death of the American Indian activist Anna Mae Aquash in The Unquiet Grave, going so far as to sue the FBI for unseen documents over a period of years.

Prior to founding his DC-based agency, Sinsheimer Literary, LLC, Max managed Oxford University Press’s influential food and drink Companion series, multi-authored, subject-defining works such as The Oxford Companion to Beer (2011) and The Oxford Companion to Cheese (2016). The series has won or been nominated for numerous James Beard, IACP, Gourmand, and other food writing awards. He retains a soft spot both for stories that see food through a cultural lens, and for academics who have the writing chops to reach general readers.