Rachel Ekstrom Courage has spent her 15-year publishing career working with debut, bestselling, and award-winning writers. She started out in the publicity departments of St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Penguin and is currently an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Rachel is the cofounder of Littsburgh, which showcases Pittsburgh’s vibrant literary scene.

We talked to her about favorite books,  why she co-founded Littsburgh and what it’s like being a woman in the publishing industry.