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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
Jofie Ferrari-Adler spent eight years at the Simon & Schuster imprint, most recently as executive editor. 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, Bob Dylan, Emily Gould, Garrett M. Graff, Bruce Handy, Boris Kachka, Farhad Manjoo, Karl Marlantes, New York magazine, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Poets & Writers magazine, Joe Posnanski, Peter Sagal, John Sedgwick, Martin Cruz Smith, Tommy Tomlinson, Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, Jonathan Waldman, and Don Winslow. Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Jofie is a member of the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee, a contributing editor to Poets & Writersmagazine, and a former golf professional.
ben loehnen
Vice President and Editor in Chief | ben.loehnen@simonandschuster.com
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: Bruce Bartlett, Leslie Berlin, Tim Brown, Howard G. Buffett, James Lee Burke, Steve Case, Robert Cialdini, Ross Douthat, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Fishman, Justin Fox, James K. Galbraith, Russell Gold, Kirsten Grind, Jacob Hacker, Morten Hansen, Oona Hathaway, Chip and Dan Heath, Virginia Heffernan, Adam Higginbotham, Paul Ingrassia, A.J. Jacobs, Ken Jennings, Jake Knapp, Sarah Lewis, Alec MacGillis, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Paul Pierson, Kenneth M. Pollack, Gerald Posner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Riedel,  Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Scott Shapiro, Dan Slater, Benn Steil, Gillian Tett, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Matthew Yglesias. A native of Montana and an avid birdwatcher, he is a graduate of Harvard College.
Lauren Wein
Editorial Director | lauren.wein@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, where she oversees the imprint’s fiction program, Lauren Wein spent eight years as an executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and, before that, more than a decade at Grove Atlantic. Some of the books she acquired and edited at HMH include Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game (forthcoming in October 2019), Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (a New York Times bestseller), Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink (winner of a National Jewish Book Award), Derek B. Miller’s Norwegian by Night (winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel), Sarai Walker’s Dietland (basis for the AMC television series), Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses (winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize), and the conversation-shifting novel After Birth by Elisa Albert. At HMH, she also had the pleasure of working on Elinor Lipman’s most recent novels, On Turpentine Lane and Good Riddance, and on novels by longstanding house authors Robert Stone, Umberto Eco, and Amos Oz. At Grove, Lauren edited Stephanie Kallos’s New York Times bestseller Broken for You (a selection of the Today show book club), Cliff Chase’s Winkie (a satirical novel about a teddy bear who finds himself on the wrong side of the war on terror), Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist (winner of the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor), as well as early works of literary fiction by Chloe Aridjis, Patricia Engel, Sayed Kashua, Sofi Oksanen, and Gabrielle Zevin. Lauren graduated from Cornell University, where she studied English and biblical literature, and is a member of the Aspen Words Creative Council and Jerusalem Book Fair Committee.
MEREDITH VILARELLO
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.
Jordan Rodman
Deputy Director of Publicity | jordan.rodman@simonandschuster.com 
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Jordan spent five years at Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken books at Penguin Random House where she developed and executed large-scale publicity campaigns for many authors including Dave Eggers, Stephanie Danler, Gary Taubes, Lidia Bastianich, Nathan Englander, Mike Finkel, Masha Gessen, Jonathan Lee, and Joan Nathan. At Avid Reader Press, Jordan oversees and executes national publicity campaigns and works to innovatively pitch and secure key media coverage and awareness across all titles. She liaises with authors, agents, booksellers, bloggers, editors, reporters, and publishers to promote our books far and wide. Jordan is from Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Emory University, where she studied English and History.
Alison forner
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.
JULIANnA HAUBNER
Associate Editor | julianna.haubner@simonandschuster.com
Julianna spent four years at the Simon & Schuster imprint before joining Avid Reader Press. She enjoys a wide range of books, but acquires works of journalism, biography, women’s history, and historical fiction. Her forthcoming titles include a novel about surrealist artists Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington; a biography of nineteenth-century American actress Charlotte Cushman; an investigation into the science of food and cravings; and a memoir-manifesto from the hosts of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Julianna’s past titles include Game Changers by Molly Schiot, Scratch by Manjula Martin, and The Caped Crusade by Glen Weldon, and she has had the pleasure of assisting on bestelling projects by Ray Dalio, Tom Brady, Rinker Buck, Garrett Graff, Lisa Halliday, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, and Susan Orlean. A native New Yorker and part-time Vermonter, she graduated with honors from Colby College, where she studied English and history.
carolyn kelly
Editorial Assistant | carolyn.kelly@simonandschuster.com
Carolyn Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in English. While in school, she interned for Northwestern University Press and Booklist in her native Chicago. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she interned for Writers House, the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, and W. W. Norton & Company before joining Avid Reader Press.
Morgan Hoit
Associate Marketing Manager | Morgan.hoit@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Morgan worked as an Associate at Jill Furman Productions for two and a half years, where she assisted in the producing of new plays and musicals for Broadway and the NYC theater industry. At Avid Reader Press, Morgan is the voice of the imprint on social media and also manages title marketing campaigns, working closely with authors on their digital presence and social media strategy. In her free time, Morgan is also the content creator and book worm behind nycbookgirl – a blog dedicated to book recommendations, guides to NYC, and more.  She was born in NYC and raised in New Jersey, and she graduated from Duke University magna cum laude with degrees in English and Theater Studies.
ALLIE LAWRENCE
Marketing & Publicity Assistant | allie.lawrence@simonandschuster.com
Allie Lawrence graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English, with an emphasis in creative writing. After graduation, she spent a few months in her hometown of Denver, Colorado before making the move to New York City. Prior to joining the Avid Reader Press team in March of 2018, Allie was an editorial intern at BUST Magazine and a bookseller at Strand Book Store.
Paul O’Halloran
Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights | Paul.O'Halloran@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.
AMANDA MULHOLLAND
Associate Managing Editor | amanda.mulholland@simonandschuster.com
Amanda Mulholland oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book for the Avid Reader Press and Scribner imprints. She began her career with the company in 2015, moving up through the managing editorial department at various imprints, including Simon & Schuster and Touchstone. She graduated from Purchase College in May 2013.
JULIE FICKS
Assistant Managing Editor | julie.ficks@simonandschuster.com
Julie Ficks joined Simon & Schuster Managing Editorial in 2016 with the Scribner and Touchstone imprints and now handles Scribner and Avid Reader Press. She has previously worked as an editorial assistant at Hachette, and was a literary agency intern at Aragi Inc. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Purchase College, and is working towards an M.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York.
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. Jessica managed the Howard imprint for many years, while at the same time supporting both Simon & Schuster and Atria Books through her work on titles by authors such as Lisa Jewell and Jean Thompson. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she was at HarperCollins. She is a true New Yorker and was raised in Nolita, New York City.
Brigid Black
Production Manager | brigid.black@simonandschuster.com
Brigid Black spent two years handling the Howard and Simon & Schuster imprints before joining Avid Reader Press. Prior to Simon & Schuster, she worked at Hachette Book Group, Sterling Publishing, and Penguin. Brigid is the current recording secretary of the Book Industry Guild of New York and the former chair of the Young to Publishing Group. In 2016, she was recognized by Publishers Weekly as a Star Watch Honoree. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in English and French.
jofie ferrari-adler
Vice President and Publisher | jofie.ferrari-adler@simonandschuster.com
Jofie Ferrari-Adler spent eight years at the Simon & Schuster imprint, most recently as executive editor. 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, Bob Dylan, Emily Gould, Garrett M. Graff, Bruce Handy, Boris Kachka, Farhad Manjoo, Karl Marlantes, New York magazine, Susan Orlean, Pearl Jam, Poets & Writers magazine, Joe Posnanski, Peter Sagal, John Sedgwick, Martin Cruz Smith, Tommy Tomlinson, Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, Jonathan Waldman, and Don Winslow. Raised in a small town south of Pittsburgh, Jofie is a member of the AAP’s International Freedom to Publish Committee, a contributing editor to Poets & Writersmagazine, and a former golf professional.
ben loehnen
Vice President and Editor in Chief | ben.loehnen@simonandschuster.com
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: Bruce Bartlett, Leslie Berlin, Tim Brown, Howard G. Buffett, James Lee Burke, Steve Case, Robert Cialdini, Ross Douthat, Jesse Eisinger, Charles Fishman, Justin Fox, James K. Galbraith, Russell Gold, Kirsten Grind, Jacob Hacker, Morten Hansen, Oona Hathaway, Chip and Dan Heath, Virginia Heffernan, Adam Higginbotham, Paul Ingrassia, A.J. Jacobs, Ken Jennings, Jake Knapp, Sarah Lewis, Alec MacGillis, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Paul Pierson, Kenneth M. Pollack, Gerald Posner, Richard Rhodes, Michael Riedel,  Jim Rogers, Christopher Ryan, Scott Shapiro, Dan Slater, Benn Steil, Gillian Tett, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Matthew Yglesias. A native of Montana and an avid birdwatcher, he is a graduate of Harvard College.
Lauren Wein
Editorial Director | lauren.wein@simonandschuster.com
Before joining Avid Reader Press, where she oversees the imprint’s fiction program, Lauren Wein spent eight years as an executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and, before that, more than a decade at Grove Atlantic. Some of the books she acquired and edited at HMH include Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game (forthcoming in October 2019), Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (a New York Times bestseller), Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink (winner of a National Jewish Book Award), Derek B. Miller’s Norwegian by Night (winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel), Sarai Walker’s Dietland (basis for the AMC television series), Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses (winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize), and the conversation-shifting novel After Birth by Elisa Albert. At HMH, she also had the pleasure of working on Elinor Lipman’s most recent novels, On Turpentine Lane and Good Riddance, and on novels by longstanding house authors Robert Stone, Umberto Eco, and Amos Oz. At Grove, Lauren edited Stephanie Kallos’s New York Times bestseller Broken for You (a selection of the Today show book club), Cliff Chase’s Winkie (a satirical novel about a teddy bear who finds himself on the wrong side of the war on terror), Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist (winner of the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor), as well as early works of literary fiction by Chloe Aridjis, Patricia Engel, Sayed Kashua, Sofi Oksanen, and Gabrielle Zevin. Lauren graduated from Cornell University, where she studied English and biblical literature, and is a member of the Aspen Words Creative Council and Jerusalem Book Fair Committee.
MEREDITH VILARELLO
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.
Jordan Rodman
Deputy Director of Publicity | jordan.rodman@simonandschuster.com  
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Jordan spent five years at Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken books at Penguin Random House where she developed and executed large-scale publicity campaigns for many authors including Dave Eggers, Stephanie Danler, Gary Taubes, Lidia Bastianich, Nathan Englander, Mike Finkel, Masha Gessen, Jonathan Lee, and Joan Nathan. At Avid Reader Press, Jordan oversees and executes national publicity campaigns and works to innovatively pitch and secure key media coverage and awareness across all titles. She liaises with authors, agents, booksellers, bloggers, editors, reporters, and publishers to promote our books far and wide. Jordan is from Newton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Emory University, where she studied English and History.
Alison forner
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.
JULIANnA HAUBNER
Associate Editor | julianna.haubner@simonandschuster.com
Julianna spent four years at the Simon & Schuster imprint before joining Avid Reader Press. She enjoys a wide range of books, but acquires works of journalism, biography, women’s history, and historical fiction. Her forthcoming titles include a novel about surrealist artists Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington; a biography of nineteenth-century American actress Charlotte Cushman; an investigation into the science of food and cravings; and a memoir-manifesto from the hosts of the popular podcast Call Your Girlfriend. Julianna’s past titles include Game Changers by Molly Schiot, Scratch by Manjula Martin, and The Caped Crusade by Glen Weldon, and she has had the pleasure of assisting on bestelling projects by Ray Dalio, Tom Brady, Rinker Buck, Garrett Graff, Lisa Halliday, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic, and Susan Orlean. A native New Yorker and part-time Vermonter, she graduated with honors from Colby College, where she studied English and history.
carolyn kelly
Editorial Assistant | carolyn.kelly@simonandschuster.com
Carolyn Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in English. While in school, she interned for Northwestern University Press and Booklist in her native Chicago. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she interned for Writers House, the Frances Goldin Literary Agency, and W. W. Norton & Company before joining Avid Reader Press.
Morgan Hoit
Associate Marketing Manager | Morgan.hoit@simonandschuster.com
Prior to joining Avid Reader Press, Morgan worked as an Associate at Jill Furman Productions for two and a half years, where she assisted in the producing of new plays and musicals for Broadway and the NYC theater industry. At Avid Reader Press, Morgan is the voice of the imprint on social media and also manages title marketing campaigns, working closely with authors on their digital presence and social media strategy. In her free time, Morgan is also the content creator and book worm behind nycbookgirl – a blog dedicated to book recommendations, guides to NYC, and more.  She was born in NYC and raised in New Jersey, and she graduated from Duke University magna cum laude with degrees in English and Theater Studies.
ALLIE LAWRENCE
Marketing & Publicity Assistant| allie.lawrence@simonandschuster.com
Allie Lawrence graduated magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English, with an emphasis in creative writing. After graduation, she spent a few months in her hometown of Denver, Colorado before making the move to New York City. Prior to joining the Avid Reader Press team in March of 2018, Allie was an editorial intern at BUST Magazine and a bookseller at Strand Book Store.
Paul O’Halloran
Vice President and Director of Subsidiary Rights | paul.o'halloran@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.
AMANDA MULHOLLAND
Associate Managing Editor| amanda.mulholland@simonandschuster.com  
Amanda Mulholland oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book for the Avid Reader Press and Scribner imprints. She began her career with the company in 2015, moving up through the managing editorial department at various imprints, including Simon & Schuster and Touchstone. She graduated from Purchase College in May 2013.
JULIE FICKS
Assistant Managing Editor | julie.ficks@simonandschuster.com
Julie Ficks joined Simon & Schuster Managing Editorial in 2016 with the Scribner and Touchstone imprints and now handles Scribner and Avid Reader Press. She has previously worked as an editorial assistant at Hachette, and was a literary agency intern at Aragi Inc. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Purchase College, and is working towards an M.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York.
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. Jessica managed the Howard imprint for many years, while at the same time supporting both Simon & Schuster and Atria Books through her work on titles by authors such as Lisa Jewell and Jean Thompson. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, she was at HarperCollins. She is a true New Yorker and was raised in Nolita, New York City.
Brigid Black
Production Manager| brigid.black@simonandschuster.com
Brigid Black spent two years handling the Howard and Simon & Schuster imprints before joining Avid Reader Press. Prior to Simon & Schuster, she worked at Hachette Book Group, Sterling Publishing, and Penguin. Brigid is the current recording secretary of the Book Industry Guild of New York and the former chair of the Young to Publishing Group. In 2016, she was recognized by Publishers Weekly as a Star Watch Honoree. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she graduated from Villanova University with a B.A. in English and French.