OUR MISSION

Avid Reader Press, a new division of Simon & Schuster, is built on the idea that the most rewarding publishing has three common denominators: great books, published with intense focus, in true partnership. The staff at Avid Reader Press, a small band of cheerful literary warriors, strives to publish every book with avidity.
jofie ferrari-adler
Vice President and Publisher | jofie.ferrari-adler@simonandschuster.com
Before co-founding Avid Reader Press in 2018, Jofie Ferrari-Adler spent eight years at the Simon & Schuster imprint. Previously he worked at Grove Atlantic, Viking Penguin, and the independent publisher Four Walls Eight Windows, and before that as a bookseller. He acquires both fiction and narrative nonfiction, with an emphasis on politics, current affairs, American history, and a range of narrative journalism. In recent years he has edited the #1 New York Times bestsellers Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, Principles by Ray Dalio, The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, The TB12 Method by Tom Brady, and Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. Other authors with whom he’s worked include: Jack Antonoff, Michael Bamberger, Gregory Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Marie Brenner, Ed Caesar, Ian Caldwell, Tom Coyne, James Dodson, Michaeleen Doucleff, Bob Dylan, Craig Fehrman, Emily Gould, Garrett M. Graff, Bruce Handy, Boris Kachka, Farhad Manjoo, Karl Marlantes, New York magazine, T. J. Newman, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Poets & Writers magazine, Joe Posnanski, Peter Sagal, Martin Cruz Smith, Tommy Tomlinson, Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, Chris Wallace, and Don Winslow.  Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Jofie is also a contributing editor to Poets & Writers magazine, and he served for a decade on the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee.
ben loehnen
Vice President and Editor in Chief | ben.loehnen@simonandschuster.com
Before co-founding Avid Reader Press in 2018, Ben Loehnen worked at the Simon & Schuster imprint for eight years, most recently as executive editor. He worked previously at HarperCollins and Random House. He edits books across a range of subjects, including business, economics, psychology, science, religion, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. The authors with whom he has worked include: Andy Borowitz, Frank Bruni, James Lee Burke, Steve Case, Robert Cialdini, Ross Douthat, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Fishman, Justin Fox, Jacob Hacker, Morten Hansen, Oona Hathaway, Chip and Dan Heath, Virginia Heffernan, Adam Higginbotham, A.J. Jacobs, Ezra Klein, Sarah Lewis, Alec MacGillis, Paul Pierson, Gerald Posner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Riedel,  Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Scott Shapiro, Dan Slater, Benn Steil, Andrew Sullivan, Gillian Tett, and Stephen Tobolowsky. A native of Montana and an avid birdwatcher, he is a graduate of Harvard College.
MEREDITH VILARELLO
Vice President and Associate Publisher | meredith.vilarello@simonandschuster.com
Meredith worked at the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster for nine years. She oversees all publishing office and the sales and marketing of all Avid Reader Press titles, and acts as liaison between the imprint and the Simon & Schuster sales, corporate marketing, managing editorial, production, and supply chain departments. She also manages inventory, reprints, and marketing initiatives for the Touchstone backlist publishing program. Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, she worked as Touchstone’s Associate Publisher and Associate Director of Marketing, managing integrated and digital marketing campaigns for authors including Reese Witherspoon, Peter Ames Carlin, Allie Brosh, Cecile Richards, Denise Kiernan, and Vaddey Ratner. Before coming to Simon & Schuster, Meredith worked on marketing art and photography titles at the Crown Publishing Group, sales and marketing at the Overlook Press, and editorial acquisitions at Random House Audio & Large Print. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she graduated from Middlebury College, where she studied English and art history.
Lauren Wein
Vice President and Editorial Director | lauren.wein@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, where she oversees the imprint’s fiction and memoir program, Lauren spent more than two decades as an editor, first at Grove Atlantic, where she also served as rights director, and then at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Since arriving at Avid Reader, she has published two Reese’s Book Club selections—Group by Christie Tate and Infinite Country by Patricia Engel, both New York Times bestsellers. Other notable publications in recent years include Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth (one of Obama’s favorite books of 2022) and Julia May Jonas’s Vladimir (an Amazon best book of the month and Book of the Month main selection), Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game (an Amazon and People Magazine top-ten book of the year), and Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon top-ten book of the year).
Carolline Sutton
Caroline Sutton
Vice President and Editorial Director | caroline.sutton@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, Caroline spent almost 15 years at the Penguin Publishing Group, most recently as editor-in-chief of Avery Books. She has also worked at Random House, Ballantine, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin.  Focusing on nonfiction with a strong takeaway, she has edited many best sellers include The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen, Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer, The Beauty of What Remains by Rabbi Steve Leder, The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi, Mastering Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro, Lessons by Gisele Bündchen, Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds,  Mindset by Carol Dweck, and Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley. Her other distinguished authors include Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Dean Ornish, Tara Parker-Pope, Deborah Tannen, David Kessler, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Andrew Weil. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of Harvard College, where she studied Comparative Literature.
Shannon Welch
Shannon Welch
Vice President and Editorial Director | shannon.welch@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press in 2024, Shannon Welch was Editorial Director of Harper One, a division of HarperCollins. Previously she worked at Penguin Random House, Scribner, and Rodale Books. She edits a broad range of nonfiction with an emphasis on books that expand the mind, enhance the spirit, and foster a greater sense of connectedness. Some of her New York Times bestsellers include: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Relentless by Tim Grover, How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King, and A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston. Other authors with whom she has worked include Cleo Wade, John and Julie Gottman, Adele Faber, Mary-Frances O’Connor, the estate of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Trevor Moawad, Susan Blum, Rosalynn Carter, Ross Greene, Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, Dr. Francine Shapiro, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, and Jim VandeHei. Shannon is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Margo Shickmanter
Executive Editor | margo.shickmanter@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader in 2022, Margo spent eight years at Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and two years as a scout at Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting. She acquires literary and upmarket fiction along with select memoir and narrative nonfiction. She’s always on the lookout for bold voices, fresh and wild concepts, and books that question the status quo in ways both big and small. At Doubleday she edited the instant New York Times bestseller and Today Show Book Club Pick Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood, both Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ The Man Who Could Move Clouds (a National Book Award Finalist) and Fruit of the Drunken Tree (a national bestseller, a B&N Discover Pick, and an ALA Top Ten Novel of the Year), Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer (Amazon Debut of the Month, winner of the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Prize, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and longlisted for the Booker Prize), Rachel Yoder’s Nightbitch (an Esquire and Vulture Best Book of 2021, Amazon Debut of the Month, longlisted for the PEN Faulkner Debut Novel Prize, and soon to be a film starring Amy Adams), and Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure (a Los Angeles Times bestseller and longlisted for the Booker Prize). Other authors she has acquired and edited include Ariel Lawhon, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Julianne Pachico, Paul Mendez, Polly Rosenwaike, Rebecca Watson, Stephanie Scott, and Timothy Schaffert.
JULIANnA HAUBNER
Editor | julianna.haubner@simonandschuster.com
Julianna spent four years at the Simon & Schuster imprint before joining Avid Reader Press in 2018. She enjoys a wide range of books, but seeks to acquire works of journalism, biography, women’s history, and upmarket and literary fiction that explore dynamics between people, places, and cultural/political moments in order to answer life’s big questions. She has edited bestselling books including Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin, Big Friendship by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, and Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky and Watergate (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history), as well as When Women Lead by CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin and Butts: A Backstory by writer and Radiolab contributor Heather Radke. Her forthcoming narrative nonfiction projects include explorations of the 1968 Miss America protests, the debate surrounding the closing of Rikers Island, and the decades-long fight to reunite families in the wake of the Argentinian Dirty War. A native New Yorker and part-time Vermonter, she graduated with honors from Colby College, where she studied English and history.
carolyn kelly
Associate Editor | carolyn.kelly@simonandschuster.com
Carolyn Kelly joined Avid Reader Press in January 2019 after interning for Writers House, the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, and W. W. Norton & Company. Her titles include 100,000 First Bosses: My Unlikely Path as a 22-Year-Old Lawmaker by Will Haskell and Pretty Baby by Chris Belcher. In her time at Avid, she has assisted on bestselling projects by Lisa Taddeo, Frank Bruni, Ezra Klein, and more. She is interested in editing literary and upmarket fiction with an emphasis on familial sagas, big-hearted storytelling at the intersection of grief and humor, and speculative stories, as well as memoir from original voices and perspectives. A native Chicagoan and lifelong Cubs fan, Carolyn moved to New York after graduating from Princeton University summa cum laude with a degree in English.
Amy guay
Assistant editor | amy.guay@simonandschuster.com
Amy Guay is an assistant editor at Avid Reader Press. She is passionate about literary fiction that unites a strong, singular voice with emotional depth and precision, as well as a sharp sense of humor. She is drawn to a use of language that feels fresh, and to projects that explore the relationships that we have with others and ourselves—particularly if the characters have perspectives that are underrepresented in the market. In her time at Avid, she has provided editorial notes on critically acclaimed titles like Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones, Human Blues by Elisa Albert, and One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank. She grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University.
David Kass
Senior Director of Publicity | david.kass@simonandschuster.com
Dave joined Avid Reader Press in 2022, having spent sixteen years at the prestigious literary public relations firm of Hilsinger Mendelson, and Rogers & Cowan before that. His passion lies in orchestrating meaningful publicity campaigns for titles that serve a larger propose, uncover truths, and tell great stories. Jeff Benedict’s The Dynasty, Garrett Graff’s Watergate, and Joe Posnanski’s The Baseball 100 are among the recent Avid Reader titles that he’s guided toward the New York Times bestseller list. Other personal highlights include working with Sir Harold Evans, Evan Osnos, Tina Brown, Monty Burke, George Packer, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Erin Brockovich, Ethan Russell, Vicky Ward, Senator Bob Graham, Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Congressman Tim Ryan, Jorge Posada, and Reggie Jackson, among others. A self-proclaimed media junkie, Dave lives for the rush of seeing his authors on screen and in print. He sees book publishing and the associated media campaigns as an opportunity to truly change minds. A born and raised New Yorker and die-hard Yankee fan, Dave maintains that his greatest thrill is making his two daughters laugh.
Alexandra Primiani
Associate Director of Publicity | Alexandra.primiani@simonandschuster.com
Alex joined Avid Reader Press in 2019. During her time here, she has spearheaded publicity campaigns for such high profile journalists as Andy Borowitz , Frank Bruni, Michaeleen Doucleff, Ezra Klein, and Gillian Tett, as well as internationally bestselling authors Dan and Chip Heath. She also publicized the New York Times bestselling novel Infinite Country by award-winning novelist Patricia Engel; the Los Angeles Times bestseller—and an official Barack Obama Book Pick for 2022—Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson; Elisa Albert’s provocative and “revolutionary” (NPR) Human Blues. Alex previously worked at Melville House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Penguin Random House, helping launch thought-provoking nonfiction and literary fiction. Originally from Miami, FL, she has a German literature degree from Reed College.
Rhina Garcia
RHINA GARCIA
PUBLICIST | rhina.garcia@simonandschuster.com
Rhina Garcia joins from the Countryman Press imprint at W.W. Norton where she worked on a variety of cookbooks and lifestyle titles including Toya Boudy's Cooking for the Culture, Mary Beth Albright's Eat & Flourish and New York Times bestsellers My Vermont Table by Gesine Bullock-Prado and RecipeTin Eats Dinner by Nagi Maehashi. Prior to that, she worked at the William Morrow imprint at HarperCollins with authors such as Alexis Daria, Karin Slaughter, Rob Kenney, and Rosalind Miles. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Publishing from New York University. Originally from Miami, she currently lives in Brooklyn and enjoys live music, film photography, and bodega cats.

Eva Kerins
Publicity Assistant | eva.kerins@simonandschuster.com
Eva Kerins joined Avid Reader Press in 2024, after interning at The Dial literary magazine and working as a research assistant for published authors. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley, with special emphasis in postcolonial world literature, journalism, and classical studies. She received the SURF Fellowship Award, participated in the Dickinson Critical Institute for the Emily Dickinson International Society, and was longlisted for the Bridport Short Story Award. Through her artistic pursuits, she was awarded opportunities to study in Rome, Crete, London, and Madrid. Some of her notable work includes copyediting various articles for The Dial, conducting in-depth interviews with international authors, and providing publicity assistance to developing businesses. Originally from Southern California, she now resides in the Lower East Side, where she enjoys creating oil pastel portraits, rearing houseplants, and developing extensive Spotify playlists.
Caroline McGregor
Marketing Manager | caroline.mcgregor@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Caroline spent over three years on the Marketing & Events Team at Books & Books in Miami, FL. where she assisted with hundreds of author events a year, managed their social media, contributed to their daily newsletter, and worked with organizations like Miami Book Fair, Design Miami/, SOBEWFF, and more. At Avid Reader Press, she assists the team in executing marketing campaigns and social media strategy. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, and Miami, FL, Caroline loves travel, hiking, and art. She studied English and Latin American Studies at The College of William & Mary.
Nicholas Rooney
Nicholas Rooney
Marketing Manager | nicholas.rooney@simonandschuster.com
Nick managed the Simon & Schuster social accounts for five years before joining Avid Reader Press as a Marketing Manager. During his tenure, he honed his skills as a social media expert, data enthusiast, (aspiring) actor, and more. His self-starring videos garnered over a million views, including his “TBR Assistant” series and a collaboration with Ken Jennings for is book 100 Places to See After You Die. His reading taste includes self-help, science, memoir, and mind-bending fiction. He doesn’t shy from reading multiple books at once, in multiple formats. In his free time, you can find him rock climbing, watching his beloved New York Jets, sewing, and playing on the Simon & Schuster softball team.
Emily Lewis
Emily Lewis
Marketing Manager | emily.lewis@simonandschuster.com
Emily joined Avid Reader Press in January 2024, coming from Simon & Schuster’s Off the Shelf blog, where she managed a team of freelance writers and wrote book listicles. Before that, she executed title marketing campaigns across a wide range of books at Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. At Avid Reader Press, she assists the team in executing marketing campaigns and strategizing on social content. She studied English and Creative Writing at Occidental College. She enjoys alternating between reading literary fiction and fantasy novels, and in her free time she loves seeing as many Broadway musicals as possible, watching cat videos, and playing guitar.
Katya Buresh
Marketing & Publishing Assistant | katya.buresh@simonandschuster.com
Katya Buresh joined Avid Reader Press in July 2022 and assists the marketing team and the publishing office with the execution of campaigns, outreach, and administration. Prior to joining Avid, she worked as a publicist for the Santa Fe Writers Project and completed internships with Mason Jar Press, Folio Literary Management, and Writers House. She has published book reviews and author interviews with such publications as BOMB, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Publishers Weekly, and is delighted by every opportunity she gets to promote brilliant new (and old) books. Born and raised in Maryland, she studied music and English at Towson University, and loves hiking, gardening, and art.
Alison forner
Senior Art Director | alison.forner@simonandschuster.com 
Alison Forner has been an art director at Simon & Schuster since 2015. Previously she worked as an art director at Penguin Random House and a designer at Ecco/HarperCollins. Over the course of her career, Alison has had the privilege of designing jackets for such notable authors as Jimmy Breslin, Elizabeth Gilbert, A.M. Homes, Peter Matthiessen, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Pullman, and Sarah Waters. Her work has been recognized by AIGA in their 50 Books/50 Covers Show, the New York Book Show, and in PRINT’s Regional Design Annual. She was selected for inclusion in The Best of Cover Design published by Rockport in 2011. Her work was also featured in Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, published by Penguin Random House in 2016. A graduate of Barnard College, Alison was a professional dancer, a poet, and a print production manager before moving on to a career in graphic design.
Clay Smith
Senior Designer | clay.smith@simonandschuster.com
Clay joined the Simon & Schuster art department in 2021. Previously, she spent three years working as a designer at Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan. While she was there, she had the pleasure of working on covers for incredible authors such as Jane Goodall, Alex Michaelides, Steve Martin, Roz Chast and many more. In her current role at Simon & Schuster, she works closely with Alison Forner to design book covers and jackets for Avid Reader Press and the S&S imprint. Clay grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She currently lives in Brooklyn and in her free time loves to paint, travel, and make ceramics.
Paul O’Halloran
Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights | paul.ohalloran@simonandschuster.com
Paul O’Halloran oversees international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for Avid Reader Press, the Gallery Publishing Group, and the Scribner Publishing Group, after having worked in a number of subsidiary rights positions since joining Simon & Schuster in 1995. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, he was rights director for The Free Press and the Putnam Berkley Group and has worked for Warner Books, Houghton Mifflin, and Gale Research.
Fiona Sharp
Fiona SharP
Senior Associate, Subsidiary Rights | fiona.sharp@simonandschuster.com
Fiona Sharp joined Avid Reader Press in 2020 after interning at the literary agency, Writers House. She graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a BA in International Literary and Visual Studies. Fiona works with Paul O’Halloran, doing international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for the Gallery, Scribner, and Avid Reader Press imprints. In her free time, she is an avid political organizer and plays the alto saxophone in three brass bands.
Jessica Chin
Copyediting Manager | jessica.chin@simonandschuster.com
Jessica Chin manages and oversees the copyediting for Avid Reader Press and is also currently with the Simon & Schuster imprint. In recent years, she oversaw the production editing of #1 New York Times bestseller Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, which sold 950,000 copies on its first-day sales and broke Simon & Schuster’s company record for first-day sales of print books, ebooks, and audiobooks combined, and Lisa Jewell’s first #1 New York Times bestseller, Then She Was Gone. Her other New York Times bestsellers include Countdown 1945, What It Takes, Big Friendship, White Ivy, and The Family Upstairs. She has worked with notable authors, including Ray Dalio, Craig Fehrman, Patricia Engel, Shania Twain, Kevin Costner, Rachel Brathen, Dominique Ansel, Patricia Heaton, Susie Yang, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Wm. Paul Young. Jessica successfully managed the Howard imprint for many years. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she was at HarperCollins. She is a true New Yorker and was raised in Nolita, New York City.
Allison Green
Managing Editor | allison.green@simonandschuster.com
Allison Green began her career at Simon & Schuster in September 2018 as the Managing Editorial Assistant for the Gallery Books imprint. Prior to that, she earned a BA in English with a Spanish minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Allison joined Avid Reader Press in May 2022 and oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book.
Alicia Brancato
Production Manager | alicia.brancato@simonandschuster.com
Alicia Brancato joined Avid Reader Press in 2021. She started her career at Simon & Schuster as a bound galley assistant in 2009, as a recent graduate from Mount Saint Mary College. Over the years, she’s worked her way across all imprints from Scribner, to Gallery, Atria, and S&S Canada before joining the Avid team. She handles all aspects of book production, working with departments like Managing Editorial/Copyediting/Design, to the printers that print and bind the physical book.

jofie ferrari-adler
Vice President and Publisher | jofie.ferrari-adler@simonandschuster.com
Before co-founding Avid Reader Press in 2018, Jofie Ferrari-Adler spent eight years at the Simon & Schuster imprint. Previously he worked at Grove Atlantic, Viking Penguin, and the independent publisher Four Walls Eight Windows, and before that as a bookseller. He acquires both fiction and narrative nonfiction, with an emphasis on politics, current affairs, American history, and a range of narrative journalism. In recent years he has edited the #1 New York Times bestsellers Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, Principles by Ray Dalio, The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, The TB12 Method by Tom Brady, and Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. Other authors with whom he’s worked include: Jack Antonoff, Michael Bamberger, Gregory Boyle, Ray Bradbury, Marie Brenner, Ed Caesar, Ian Caldwell, Tom Coyne, James Dodson, Michaeleen Doucleff, Bob Dylan, Craig Fehrman, Emily Gould, Garrett M. Graff, Bruce Handy, Boris Kachka, Farhad Manjoo, Karl Marlantes, New York magazine, T. J. Newman, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Poets & Writers magazine, Joe Posnanski, Peter Sagal, Martin Cruz Smith, Tommy Tomlinson, Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, Chris Wallace, and Don Winslow.  Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Jofie is also a contributing editor to Poets & Writers magazine, and he served for a decade on the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee.
ben loehnen
Vice President and Editor in Chief | ben.loehnen@simonandschuster.com
Before co-founding Avid Reader Press in 2018, Ben Loehnen worked at the Simon & Schuster imprint for eight years, most recently as executive editor. He worked previously at HarperCollins and Random House. He edits books across a range of subjects, including business, economics, psychology, science, religion, fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. The authors with whom he has worked include: Andy Borowitz, Frank Bruni, James Lee Burke, Steve Case, Robert Cialdini, Ross Douthat, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Fishman, Justin Fox, Jacob Hacker, Morten Hansen, Oona Hathaway, Chip and Dan Heath, Virginia Heffernan, Adam Higginbotham, A.J. Jacobs, Ezra Klein, Sarah Lewis, Alec MacGillis, Paul Pierson, Gerald Posner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Riedel,  Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Scott Shapiro, Dan Slater, Benn Steil, Andrew Sullivan, Gillian Tett, and Stephen Tobolowsky. A native of Montana and an avid birdwatcher, he is a graduate of Harvard College.
MEREDITH VILARELLO
Vice President and Associate Publisher | meredith.vilarello@simonandschuster.com 
Meredith worked at the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster for nine years. She oversees all publishing office and the sales and marketing of all Avid Reader Press titles, and acts as liaison between the imprint and the Simon & Schuster sales, corporate marketing, managing editorial, production, and supply chain departments. She also manages inventory, reprints, and marketing initiatives for the Touchstone backlist publishing program. Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, she worked as Touchstone’s Associate Publisher and Associate Director of Marketing, managing integrated and digital marketing campaigns for authors including Reese Witherspoon, Peter Ames Carlin, Allie Brosh, Cecile Richards, Denise Kiernan, and Vaddey Ratner. Before coming to Simon & Schuster, Meredith worked on marketing art and photography titles at the Crown Publishing Group, sales and marketing at the Overlook Press, and editorial acquisitions at Random House Audio & Large Print. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she graduated from Middlebury College, where she studied English and art history.
Lauren Wein
Vice President and Editorial Director | lauren.wein@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, where she oversees the imprint’s fiction and memoir program, Lauren spent more than two decades as an editor, first at Grove Atlantic, where she also served as rights director, and then at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Since arriving at Avid Reader, she has published two Reese’s Book Club selections—Group by Christie Tate and Infinite Country by Patricia Engel, both New York Times bestsellers. Other notable publications in recent years include Antoine Wilson’s Mouth to Mouth (one of Obama’s favorite books of 2022) and Julia May Jonas’s Vladimir (an Amazon best book of the month and Book of the Month main selection), Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game (an Amazon and People Magazine top-ten book of the year), and Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (a New York Times bestseller and an Amazon top-ten book of the year).
Carolline Sutton
caroline Sutton
Vice President and Editorial Director | caroline.sutton@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, Caroline spent almost 15 years at the Penguin Publishing Group, most recently as editor-in-chief of Avery Books. She has also worked at Random House, Ballantine, HarperCollins, and Houghton Mifflin.  Focusing on nonfiction with a strong takeaway, she has edited many best sellers include The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen, Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer, The Beauty of What Remains by Rabbi Steve Leder, The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi, Mastering Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro, Lessons by Gisele Bündchen, Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds,  Mindset by Carol Dweck, and Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain by Sharon Begley. Her other distinguished authors include Richard Davidson, Daniel Goleman, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Dean Ornish, Tara Parker-Pope, Deborah Tannen, David Kessler, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Andrew Weil. A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of Harvard College, where she studied Comparative Literature.
Shannon Welch
Shannon Welch
Vice President and Editorial Director | shannon.welch@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press in 2024, Shannon Welch was Editorial Director of Harper One, a division of HarperCollins. Previously she worked at Penguin Random House, Scribner, and Rodale Books. She edits a broad range of nonfiction with an emphasis on books that expand the mind, enhance the spirit, and foster a greater sense of connectedness. Some of her New York Times bestsellers include: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, Relentless by Tim Grover, How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King, and A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston. Other authors with whom she has worked include Cleo Wade, John and Julie Gottman, Adele Faber, Mary-Frances O’Connor, the estate of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Trevor Moawad, Susan Blum, Rosalynn Carter, Ross Greene, Laird Hamilton, Gabrielle Reece, Dr. Francine Shapiro, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, and Jim VandeHei. Shannon is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in the Bay Area with her family.
Margo Shickmanter
Executive Editor | margo.shickmanter@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader in 2022, Margo spent eight years at Doubleday, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and two years as a scout at Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting. She acquires literary and upmarket fiction along with select memoir and narrative nonfiction. She’s always on the lookout for bold voices, fresh and wild concepts, and books that question the status quo in ways both big and small. At Doubleday she edited the instant New York Times bestseller and Today Show Book Club Pick Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country: A Memoir of an Undocumented Childhood, both Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ The Man Who Could Move Clouds (a National Book Award Finalist) and Fruit of the Drunken Tree (a national bestseller, a B&N Discover Pick, and an ALA Top Ten Novel of the Year), Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister the Serial Killer (Amazon Debut of the Month, winner of the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Prize, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and longlisted for the Booker Prize), Rachel Yoder’s Nightbitch (an Esquire and Vulture Best Book of 2021, Amazon Debut of the Month, longlisted for the PEN Faulkner Debut Novel Prize, and soon to be a film starring Amy Adams), and Sophie Mackintosh’s The Water Cure (a Los Angeles Times bestseller and longlisted for the Booker Prize). Other authors she has acquired and edited include Ariel Lawhon, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Julianne Pachico, Paul Mendez, Polly Rosenwaike, Rebecca Watson, Stephanie Scott, and Timothy Schaffert.
JULIANnA HAUBNER
Editor | julianna.haubner@simonandschuster.com
Julianna spent four years at the Simon & Schuster imprint before joining Avid Reader Press in 2018. She enjoys a wide range of books, but seeks to acquire works of journalism, biography, women’s history, and upmarket and literary fiction that explore dynamics between people, places, and cultural/political moments in order to answer life’s big questions. She has edited bestselling books including Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin, Big Friendship by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, and Garrett M. Graff’s The Only Plane in the Sky and Watergate (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history), as well as When Women Lead by CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin and Butts: A Backstory by writer and Radiolab contributor Heather Radke. Her forthcoming narrative nonfiction projects include explorations of the 1968 Miss America protests, the debate surrounding the closing of Rikers Island, and the decades-long fight to reunite families in the wake of the Argentinian Dirty War. A native New Yorker and part-time Vermonter, she graduated with honors from Colby College, where she studied English and history.
carolyn kelly
Associate Editor | carolyn.kelly@simonandschuster.com
Carolyn Kelly joined Avid Reader Press in January 2019 after interning for Writers House, the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, and W. W. Norton & Company. Her titles include 100,000 First Bosses: My Unlikely Path as a 22-Year-Old Lawmaker by Will Haskell and Pretty Baby by Chris Belcher. In her time at Avid, she has assisted on bestselling projects by Lisa Taddeo, Frank Bruni, Ezra Klein, and more. She is interested in editing literary and upmarket fiction with an emphasis on familial sagas, big-hearted storytelling at the intersection of grief and humor, and speculative stories, as well as memoir from original voices and perspectives. A native Chicagoan and lifelong Cubs fan, Carolyn moved to New York after graduating from Princeton University summa cum laude with a degree in English.
amy guay
Assistant editor | amy.guay@simonandschuster.com
Amy Guay is an assistant editor at Avid Reader Press. She is passionate about literary fiction that unites a strong, singular voice with emotional depth and precision, as well as a sharp sense of humor. She is drawn to a use of language that feels fresh, and to projects that explore the relationships that we have with others and ourselves—particularly if the characters have perspectives that are underrepresented in the market. In her time at Avid, she has provided editorial notes on critically acclaimed titles like Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones, Human Blues by Elisa Albert, and One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank. She grew up in Sarasota, Florida, and graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University.
David Kass
Senior Director of Publicity | david.kass@simonandschuster.com
Dave joined Avid Reader Press in 2022, having spent sixteen years at the prestigious literary public relations firm of Hilsinger Mendelson, and Rogers & Cowan before that. His passion lies in orchestrating meaningful publicity campaigns for titles that serve a larger propose, uncover truths, and tell great stories. Jeff Benedict’s The Dynasty, Garrett Graff’s Watergate, and Joe Posnanski’s The Baseball 100 are among the recent Avid Reader titles that he’s guided toward the New York Times bestseller list. Other personal highlights include working with Sir Harold Evans, Evan Osnos, Tina Brown, Monty Burke, George Packer, Brian Grazer, Jerry Bruckheimer, Erin Brockovich, Ethan Russell, Vicky Ward, Senator Bob Graham, Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Congressman Tim Ryan, Jorge Posada, and Reggie Jackson, among others. A self-proclaimed media junkie, Dave lives for the rush of seeing his authors on screen and in print. He sees book publishing and the associated media campaigns as an opportunity to truly change minds. A born and raised New Yorker and die-hard Yankee fan, Dave maintains that his greatest thrill is making his two daughters laugh.
Alexandra Primiani
Associate Director of Publicity | Alexandra.primiani@simonandschuster.com
Alex joined Avid Reader Press in 2019. During her time here, she has spearheaded publicity campaigns for such high profile journalists as Andy Borowitz , Frank Bruni, Michaeleen Doucleff, Ezra Klein, and Gillian Tett, as well as internationally bestselling authors Dan and Chip Heath. She also publicized the New York Times bestselling novel Infinite Country by award-winning novelist Patricia Engel; the Los Angeles Times bestseller—and an official Barack Obama Book Pick for 2022—Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson; Elisa Albert’s provocative and “revolutionary” (NPR) Human Blues. Alex previously worked at Melville House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Penguin Random House, helping launch thought-provoking nonfiction and literary fiction. Originally from Miami, FL, she has a German literature degree from Reed College.
Rhina Garcia
Rhina Garcia
Publicist | rhina.garcia@simonandschuster.com
Rhina Garcia joins from the Countryman Press imprint at W.W. Norton where she worked on a variety of cookbooks and lifestyle titles including Toya Boudy's Cooking for the Culture, Mary Beth Albright's Eat & Flourish and New York Times bestsellers My Vermont Table by Gesine Bullock-Prado and RecipeTin Eats Dinner by Nagi Maehashi. Prior to that, she worked at the William Morrow imprint at HarperCollins with authors such as Alexis Daria, Karin Slaughter, Rob Kenney, and Rosalind Miles. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Publishing from New York University. Originally from Miami, she currently lives in Brooklyn and enjoys live music, film photography, and bodega cats.
Eva Kerins
Publicity Assistant | eva.kerins@simonandschuster.com
Eva Kerins joined Avid Reader Press in 2024, after interning at The Dial literary magazine and working as a research assistant for published authors. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley, with special emphasis in postcolonial world literature, journalism, and classical studies. She received the SURF Fellowship Award, participated in the Dickinson Critical Institute for the Emily Dickinson International Society, and was longlisted for the Bridport Short Story Award. Through her artistic pursuits, she was awarded opportunities to study in Rome, Crete, London, and Madrid. Some of her notable work includes copyediting various articles for The Dial, conducting in-depth interviews with international authors, and providing publicity assistance to developing businesses. Originally from Southern California, she now resides in the Lower East Side, where she enjoys creating oil pastel portraits, rearing houseplants, and developing extensive Spotify playlists.
Caroline McGregor
Marketing Manager | caroline.mcgregor@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Caroline spent over three years on the Marketing & Events Team at Books & Books in Miami, FL. where she assisted with hundreds of author events a year, managed their social media, contributed to their daily newsletter, and worked with organizations like Miami Book Fair, Design Miami/, SOBEWFF, and more. At Avid Reader Press, she assists the team in executing marketing campaigns and social media strategy. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Managua, Nicaragua, and Miami, FL, Caroline loves travel, hiking, and art. She studied English and Latin American Studies at The College of William & Mary.
Nicholas Rooney
Nicholas Rooney
Marketing Manager | nicholas.rooney@simonandschuster.com
Nick managed the Simon & Schuster social accounts for five years before joining Avid Reader Press as a Marketing Manager. During his tenure, he honed his skills as a social media expert, data enthusiast, (aspiring) actor, and more. His self-starring videos garnered over a million views, including his “TBR Assistant” series and a collaboration with Ken Jennings for is book 100 Places to See After You Die. His reading taste includes self-help, science, memoir, and mind-bending fiction. He doesn’t shy from reading multiple books at once, in multiple formats. In his free time, you can find him rock climbing, watching his beloved New York Jets, sewing, and playing on the Simon & Schuster softball team.
Emily Lewis
Emily Lewis
Marketing Manager | emily.lewis@simonandschuster.com
Emily joined Avid Reader Press in January 2024, coming from Simon & Schuster’s Off the Shelf blog, where she managed a team of freelance writers and wrote book listicles. Before that, she executed title marketing campaigns across a wide range of books at Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books. At Avid Reader Press, she assists the team in executing marketing campaigns and strategizing on social content. She studied English and Creative Writing at Occidental College. She enjoys alternating between reading literary fiction and fantasy novels, and in her free time she loves seeing as many Broadway musicals as possible, watching cat videos, and playing guitar.
Katya Buresh
Marketing & Publishing Assistant | katya.buresh@simonandschuster.com
Katya Buresh joined Avid Reader Press in July 2022 and assists the marketing team and the publishing office with the execution of campaigns, outreach, and administration. Prior to joining Avid, she worked as a publicist for the Santa Fe Writers Project and completed internships with Mason Jar Press, Folio Literary Management, and Writers House. She has published book reviews and author interviews with such publications as BOMB, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Publishers Weekly, and is delighted by every opportunity she gets to promote brilliant new (and old) books. Born and raised in Maryland, she studied music and English at Towson University, and loves hiking, gardening, and art.
Alison forner
Senior Art Director | alison.forner@simonandschuster.com
Alison Forner has been an art director at Simon & Schuster since 2015. Previously she worked as an art director at Penguin Random House and a designer at Ecco/HarperCollins. Over the course of her career, Alison has had the privilege of designing jackets for such notable authors as Jimmy Breslin, Elizabeth Gilbert, A.M. Homes, Peter Matthiessen, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Pullman, and Sarah Waters. Her work has been recognized by AIGA in their 50 Books/50 Covers Show, the New York Book Show, and in PRINT’s Regional Design Annual. She was selected for inclusion in The Best of Cover Design published by Rockport in 2011. Her work was also featured in Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover, published by Penguin Random House in 2016. A graduate of Barnard College, Alison was a professional dancer, a poet, and a print production manager before moving on to a career in graphic design.
Clay Smith
Senior Designer | clay.smith@simonandschuster.com
Clay joined the Simon & Schuster art department in 2021. Previously, she spent three years working as a designer at Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan. While she was there, she had the pleasure of working on covers for incredible authors such as Jane Goodall, Alex Michaelides, Steve Martin, Roz Chast and many more. In her current role at Simon & Schuster, she works closely with Alison Forner to design book covers and jackets for Avid Reader Press and the S&S imprint. Clay grew up in North Carolina and graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She currently lives in Brooklyn and in her free time loves to paint, travel, and make ceramics.
Paul O’Halloran
Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights | paul.ohalloran@simonandschuster.com
Paul O’Halloran oversees international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for Avid Reader Press, the Gallery Publishing Group, and the Scribner Publishing Group, after having worked in a number of subsidiary rights positions since joining Simon & Schuster in 1995. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, he was rights director for The Free Press and the Putnam Berkley Group and has worked for Warner Books, Houghton Mifflin, and Gale Research.
Fiona Sharp
Fiona Sharp
Senior Associate, Subsidiary Rights | fiona.sharp@simonandschuster.com
Fiona Sharp joined Avid Reader Press in 2020 after interning at the literary agency, Writers House. She graduated from Tufts University in 2019 with a BA in International Literary and Visual Studies. Fiona works with Paul O’Halloran, doing international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for the Gallery, Scribner, and Avid Reader Press imprints. In her free time, she is an avid political organizer and plays the alto saxophone in three brass bands.
Jessica Chin
Copyediting Manager | jessica.chin@simonandschuster.com
Jessica Chin manages and oversees the copyediting for Avid Reader Press and is also currently with the Simon & Schuster imprint. In recent years, she oversaw the production editing of #1 New York Times bestseller Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump, which sold 950,000 copies on its first-day sales and broke Simon & Schuster’s company record for first-day sales of print books, ebooks, and audiobooks combined, and Lisa Jewell’s first #1 New York Times bestseller, Then She Was Gone. Her other New York Times bestsellers include Countdown 1945, What It Takes, Big Friendship, White Ivy, and The Family Upstairs. She has worked with notable authors, including Ray Dalio, Craig Fehrman, Patricia Engel, Shania Twain, Kevin Costner, Rachel Brathen, Dominique Ansel, Patricia Heaton, Susie Yang, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Wm. Paul Young. Jessica successfully managed the Howard imprint for many years. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she was at HarperCollins. She is a true New Yorker and was raised in Nolita, New York City.
Allison Green
Managing Editor | allison.green@simonandschuster.com
Allison Green began her career at Simon & Schuster in September 2018 as the Managing Editorial Assistant for the Gallery Books imprint. Prior to that, she earned a BA in English with a Spanish minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and attended the Columbia Publishing Course. Allison joined Avid Reader Press in May 2022 and oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book.
Alicia Brancato
Production Manager | alicia.brancato@simonandschuster.com
Alicia Brancato joined Avid Reader Press in 2021. She started her career at Simon & Schuster as a bound galley assistant in 2009, as a recent graduate from Mount Saint Mary College. Over the years, she’s worked her way across all imprints from Scribner, to Gallery, Atria, and S&S Canada before joining the Avid team. She handles all aspects of book production, working with departments like Managing Editorial/Copyediting/Design, to the printers that print and bind the physical book.