Annik LaFarge is a writer, editor, photographer and lecturer. She is the author of On the High Line: Exploring America's Most Original Urban Park, published in 2012 by Thames & Hudson and winner of the IPPY award for Travel Guidebook. A fully updated & revised edition appeared in 2014 (more info. on the companion website). She also helped develop a companion iOS app with new content, including an interactive map and photography feature; a guide to neighborhood specialty shops, art spaces, restaurants, cafes & bars; and special content for kids.
LaFarge spent 25 years in the book business, beginning as a publicist, and in 1990 launched and ran Random House Large Print, the first industry initiative to publish simultaneous large print editions of major releases. She went on to become vice president and associate publisher at two Random House imprints (Times Books and Villard) and later Simon & Schuster. She was a senior editor at Crown and publishing director at Bloomsbury USA. During those years she was part of the senior management team that oversaw the imprint's marketing and publishing plans and worked with many authors including Marcus Buckingham, Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, Mary Higgins Clark, Jackie Collins, Jeffery Deaver, Pete Dexter, E.L. Doctorow, Eve Ensler, George Foreman, Jon Krakauer, Bill McKibben, George McGovern, The Motley Fool, James Michener, Gore Vidal, Ben Schott, Neil Sheehan, and Daniel Silva. She was also involved in the early efforts to create eBooks and develop strategies for digital publishing.
As an editor LaFarge acquired and edited non-fiction books by Roy Blount, Jr. (Feet on the Street), Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide), Neenah Ellis (If I Live to be 100: Lessons From the Centenarians), Robert Frank (Richistan), Katie Hafner (A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest to Find the Perfect Piano), Scott Huler (Defining the Wind), Garry Kasparov (How Chess Imitates Life), The Onion, Nando Parrado (Miracle in the Andes), Mo Rocca (All The President's Pets), Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life), Emily Rapp (Poster Child), Charles Schwab, Jane Stern (Ambulance Girl), Kara Swisher (There Must Be a Pony in There Somewhere), Bark magazine (Dog is My Co-Pilot, Howl), Benjamin Wallace (The Billionaire's Vinegar), and the gentlemen who wrote the classic I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski, and What Have Have You.
In the late 1990s, at the height of the dot-com boom, she took a year away from publishing to join entrepreneur/journalist Steven Brill in the development and launch of Contentville.com, where she published an original series of eBooks and oversaw the website's bookstore.
In 2008 LaFarge left publishing to start her own consultancy, Title TK Projects, working as a non-fiction editor and writing collaborator and doing project management for author websites, e-commerce sites, blogs and enhanced eBooks.
Recent web projects include two sites for Mitch Albom and Mireille Guiliano, and a website for New York Times "Well" columnist Tara Parker-Pope. She managed three online properties for investment writer Jim Jubak: the free blog JubakPicks.com (2009 winner of the SABEW "Best in Business" Award), the paid subscription blog, JubakAM.com and the mutual fund website JubakFund.com. In 2010 she worked with R.J. Julia Booksellers to manage the online launch of the subscription program JustTheRightBook.com.
Annik LaFarge is a native New Yorker who currently lives in a loft just above the High Line in West Chelsea, where since 2009 she's been writing the blog LivinTheHighLine.com. She also lectures frequently on the High Line and its role in sparking innovative urban placemaking around the world. For more information visit High Line Lectures.
She has written for Bark magazine, Huffington Post, and Publishers Weekly, and her photography has been widely published in print and online publications and been licensed for commercial use.
One parting word: her family is not related to the Lafarge Cement comany. Or to the woman who knits in A Tale of Two Cities (that's Defarge).