Our History

Meet Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan: co-owners of Riffraff.

Tom grew up in Connecticut and served in the Peace Corps before landing in New York, where he worked in a variety of roles in the book world: bookseller at McNally Jackson; managing editor at A Public Space; editor at Penguin Books; publicist and bookstore liaison at New Directions; and deputy director at Albertine Books. Some of his favorite authors are Don DeLillo, Maggie Nelson, and Philip K. Dick. His favorite drink is a scotch on the rocks. 

Emma studied comparative literature at Brown University before completing a master's degree in translation at the American University of Paris. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, where she worked translating a number of Moroccan writers from French into English. Her translations also include the genderless novel Sphinx by Anne Garréta. Some of her favorite authors are Marguerite Duras, Anne Carson, and Marie NDiaye. She's recently become a big Mezcal fan.