Our Agents

Barney Karpfinger

Barney Karpfinger studied English at Columbia University while supporting himself by working as a paralegal.  Before establishing the agency in 1985, he ran the contracts department of a major New York publishing company. 

Over the years, Barney has represented more fiction than non-fiction.  Recently, though, he’s worked on a bit more non-fiction—work as varied as a philosopher’s take on procrastination, a dance critic’s look at grace in all of its manifestations and an investigative reporter’s examination of the big-money business of college football.  The writers Barney works with share an ease with language and the ability to tell a compelling story.