Meet the Team
PUBLISHER AND PRESIDENT OF THE SCRIBNER PUBLISHING GROUP
Ms. Moldow took over as Touchstone publisher in fall 2013. With Touchstone, she has overseen the publication of breakout successes HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh, THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan, I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU by Courtney Maum, and LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland; as well as perennial bestselling authors Philippa Gregory and J. A. Jance.
Ms. Moldow was Scribner's publisher from May 1994 to fall 2012. During her tenure at Scribner, the venerable imprint added titles of great and lasting value from authors such as Stephen King, Kathy Reichs, Andrew Solomon, Colm Tóibín, and Jeannette Walls, to its stellar backlist, which features Richard Adams, Margaret Mitchell, Annie Proulx, THE JOY OF COOKING, and the classic works of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Prior to joining Scribner, Ms. Moldow served as vice president, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of the HarperCollins trade division. Previously, she was vice president and editor-in-chief of the Doubleday division of Bantam Doubleday Dell.
VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER
David has been with Touchstone since 2009. He oversees all publishing office activities and the marketing of all new Touchstone titles, as well as the backlist publishing program, and acts as liaison between editorial, marketing, and the Simon & Schuster sales force. David began his career as a bookseller in the late 1980s, prior to joining Touchstone he served as Director of National Accounts for Houghton Mifflin. Previously, he was a senior buyer with Baker & Taylor, and a superstore manager with Barnes & Noble.
Over the years he has worked on the successful launches of a wide range of books including THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom, BRUCE by Peter Carlin, THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan, FAST FOOD NATION by Eric Schlosser, BEAUTIFUL BOY by David Sheff, THE WORST HARD TIME by Tim Egan, INTERPRETER OF MALADIES by Jhumpa Lahiri, along with a wide range of bestselling fiction, celebrity biography, diet and health titles including the New Atkins franchise, and other commercial non-fiction.
Tara Parsons was named Editor-in-Chief of Touchstone Books in January of 2016. She is responsible for shaping Touchstone’s list and overseeing the editorial department, in addition to acquiring and editing her own list of commercial fiction. Her upcoming titles include anticipated new books: INK AND BONE by Lisa Unger, PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS by Paul Brinkley-Rogers, and THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer.
Tara has also served as Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing, Mira Books, and HQN Books, and began her career at Simon & Schuster’s eponymous imprint. In her years in the industry, Ms. Parsons has overseen the publication of many bestsellers from such diverse authors as Kristan Higgins, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Susan Wiggs, Mary Kubica, Robyn Carr, Susan Mallery, Catherine McKenzie, and Jason Mott.
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR
In April 2016, Trish Todd rejoined Touchstone, her home for fifteen years before a five-year stay at the Simon & Schuster imprint. She acquires literary and book club fiction as well as memoir, psychology, biography, upmarket practical nonfiction, lifestyle, interior design, and humor. Her fiction list includes Carol Anshaw’s Carry the One (New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller, New York Times Notable Book); numerous books by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory; Kathleen Grissom’s New York Times bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory over Everything; Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise (#1 IndieNext Pick, Indies Introduce Program, B&N Discover) and her upcoming ‘Round Midnight; Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan (New York Times bestseller, PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist) and her upcoming Music of the Ghosts; and Maureen Sherry’s Opening Belle (optioned by Reese Witherspoon).
Nonfiction projects she has acquired include the New York Times bestseller F*ck Feelings and the upcoming F*ck Love by Dr. Michael I. Bennett and Sarah Bennett; the upcoming Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home; the New York Times bestseller Elements of Style by Erin Gates; the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin; the upcoming Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell; and The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside “The Room,” The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (soon to be the movie The Masterpiece, directed by and starring James Franco).
Matthew acquires narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, investigative journalism, self-help, diet and fitness, sports, men’s interest, celebrity, pop culture, humor, and selected illustrated books. In his almost twenty years in publishing he has acquired and edited a wide range of titles, including New York Times bestsellers AMAZING, FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLE by Stan Lee; I FEEL LIKE GOING ON by Ray Lewis; AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes; BRUCE by Peter Ames Carlin; MANOLOGY by Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run; A PLACE OF YES by Bethenny Frankel; and THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS by Conn Iggulden. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Matthew worked at HarperCollins, Workman, and got his start as a bookseller at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont.
Upcoming titles include: 100 DEADLY SKILLS: SURVIVAL EDITION by Clint Emerson; DIE YOUNG WITH ME by Rob Rufus; JUNK GYPSY by Jolie Sikes and Amie Sikes; CRACKING THE CUBE by Ian Scheffler; ONE TRUE BARBECUE by Rien Fertel; and HIS OWN DAMN FAULT by Ryan White.
Lauren Spiegel began her publishing career at Touchstone in 2006. Lauren is passionate about pop culture and new media—she's looking for humor, narrative nonfiction, memoir, illustrated books, as well as a limited number of commercial fiction titles. She loves working with authors to help bring their vision for a project to life.
Her list includes the #1 New York Times bestsellers, HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh and GRACE'S GUIDE by Grace Helbig; the New York Times bestsellers YOGA GIRL by Rachel Brathen; YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day; NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York edited by Sari Botton; THE HUNGER PAINS by The Harvard Lampoon; and IN THE WATER THEY CAN’T SEE YOU CRY by Amanda Beard. Some of her forthcoming titles include SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick; TRUST NO AUNTY by Maria Qamar; and TRAGEDY PLUS TIME by Adam Cayton-Holland.
Cara Bedick acquires and edits non-fiction titles with a focus in the health and wellness, diet, cooking, lifestyle, narrative & memoir, self-help, parenting, education, and science. She has also been known to road trip with authors to their events (AIM TRUE by Kathryn Budig); hold impromptu bake-offs between her cooking and lifestyle authors' recipes (NUTRITION STRIPPED by McKel Hill vs. THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE by Meik Wiking); and attempt her health authors' fitness routines no matter how challenging (LEAN IN 15 by Joe Wicks).
Cara brings a level of enthusiasm to her projects that lead to successes like New York Times bestsellers THE BEAUTY DETOX POWER by Kimberly Snyder and NERD DO WELL by Simon Pegg, USA Today bestseller SKINNY SUPPERS, special sales bestseller MY BABY ALBUM WITH SOPHIE LA GIRAFE, and critically acclaimed VEDGE and V STREET. Recent narrative titles include RUN THE WORLD by Becky Wade and AWKWARD by Ty Tashiro.
Kaitlin Olson joined Touchstone in April 2016 to assist Trish Todd and build her own list of titles. She is interested in psychological suspense, historical fiction, literary fiction, and memoir. She graduated from Stanford University and began her career at the Simon & Schuster imprint.
Jessie graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in English and Psychology. She assists Susan Moldow and Lauren Spiegel with their projects and is interested in literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and cultural criticism.
Lara graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she crafted a concentration in nonfiction and American history. She assists Matthew Benjamin with his projects and is interested in narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and pop culture.
Isabella graduated from Brown University with degrees in English and Anthropology. She assists Tara Parsons and is interested in suspense, memoir, and literary and commercial fiction.
Associate Managing Editor
Monica Oluwek joined Touchstone in May of 2014. She oversees and manages the entire production process from manuscript to finished book, and acts as a go-between for all departments.
MANAGING EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Julie studied Literature at the State University of New York at Purchase. While at Purchase, she interned with Nicole Aragi and Duvall Osteen at Aragi Inc. After graduating, she worked for two imprints at the Perseus Books Group. Julie loves literary fiction, poetry, experimental/cross genre work and graphic novels.
VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY
Brian is a book publicity veteran who joined Touchstone in 2013 as Director of Publicity. Over the years, he’s orchestrated bestselling campaigns for authors such as Laura Bush, Steve Martin, Derek Jeter, and Jeannette Walls. In addition to his duties for Touchstone, he serves at the Director of Publicity for Scribner.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY
Shida began her publishing career with Touchstone in 2000 working as a publicist across both fiction and nonfiction lists. Over the following sixteen years she has had the pleasure of working with Howard Gordon, Victoria Christopher Murray, R.L. Stine, Artie Lange, Misty Copeland, Amanda Beard, Dominique Moceanu, Herschel Walker, Cary Elwes, Bethenny Frankel, Ray Lewis and Stan Lee. She is passionate about advocating great authors, books and exciting ways to promote their work.
Jessica joined Touchstone in 2007. She has worked with bestselling authors including Allie Brosh, Billy Idol, Philippa Gregory, and J.A. Jance, as well as critically acclaimed debut novelists such as Courtney Maum and John Kenney.
A graduate of Ramapo College, Courtney joined Touchstone in 2013 after interning at Grove/Atlantic, Inc. and the New York Public Library. She works with Sean Covey, Joseph A. Califano, and a variety of lifestyle and fiction authors.
Leah graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in psychology. She joined Touchstone in February 2016 and assists Shida Carr with her projects. Genres of interest include literary and commercial fiction, mysteries, and pop culture.
Charlotte joined Touchstone in June 2016 after graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in English literature and European history. She assists Jessica Roth with her projects. She loves literary and commercial fiction.
Associate Marketing Director
Meredith joined Simon & Schuster in March 2010. Prior to that, she worked on marketing craft, art, and photography instruction titles at the Crown Publishing Group, sales & marketing at the Overlook Press, and editorial acquisitions at Random House Audio & Large Print. In her current role at S&S, Meredith has managed integrated and digital marketing campaigns for such authors as Bethenny Frankel, Mayim Bialik, Allie Brosh, Philippa Gregory, and more. Meredith graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in English and also holds an MA in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Digital Marketing Manager
Kelsey joined the Touchstone team from HarperCollins' Ad Promo group, where she worked with Harper Perennial on campaigns including GO SET A WATCHMAN and WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE. She has also worked closely with former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Kate White, running digital campaigns for both her career books and mystery novels. Kelsey is a successful freelance writer whose work has appeared on Refinery 29, Fast Company, TIME, Business Insider, and more. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame as part of the Program of Liberal Studies, with Italian and graphic design minors.
Publishing and Marketing Assistant
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a degree in English literature. She joined Touchstone in 2015, having previously worked with Coffee House Press and Milkweed Editions in Minneapolis. She loves literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.
VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS
Paul oversees international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for 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.
SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS ASSOCIATE
Monique Briones joined Touchstone in August 2016 to assist Paul O’Halloran. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked at the National Book Foundation and Grove Atlantic. Her interests include literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.
Art & Design
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
Cherlynne has more than twenty years of experience creating and overseeing the design and production of jackets and covers for Touchstone’s diverse list. She earned her BFA in Communication Design from the Parsons School of Design. Her work has also been published in Print, New York Book Show, Communication Arts and Society of Illustrators.
Janetta oversees the flow of the trade art department with licensing, asset management, archiving, and distribution. She also assists Cherlynne Li with design projects. Janetta joined Touchstone in 2011 and has earned a BA in Communication Studies from University of Houston-Downtown and an MA in Digital Media Studies from University of Houston-Clear Lake.