Amanda Montell

is a writer, linguist, and podcast host living in Los Angeles. She is the author of three nonfiction books, Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, and The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality (forthcoming April 9, 2024 from OneSignal). She is also a creator and host of the hit podcast, Sounds Like A Cult. Amanda’s books have earned praise from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Cultish was named a best book of 2021 by NPR, was shortlisted for several prizes including the Goodreads Choice Awards and getAbstract International Book Award, and is currently in development for television. Sounds Like A Cult won “Best Emerging Podcast” at the 2023 iHeart Radio Podcast Awards and was named a best podcast of 2022 by Vulture, Esquire, and others.

Amanda’s essays and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and elsewhere. She was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and holds a degree in linguistics from NYU. Find her on Instagram @amanda_montell or Substack at amandamontell.substack.com. (Photo: Kaitlyn Mikayla)


For inquiries related to The Age of Magical Overthinking: lauren@shrevewilliams.com

For requests about Wordslut & Cultish: sacha.chadwick@harpercollins.com

For other book business: rachel@dclagency.com

For film-related inquiries: olivia.blaustein@caa.com

For speaking engagements: mollyc@harrywalker.com

For writing assignments, collaborations, and misc. press: amandamontellpublicity@gmail.com

For podcast inquiries: dwelborn@wmeagency.com