Speakers

Marian Lizzi is Editor-in-Chief of Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). She describes her list as "prescriptive with personality." Spanning pop reference, quirky how-to, health, special-needs parenting, memoir, and more, her books include READING THE OED, THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE, EXTREME PUMPKINS, and THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD.

Forthcoming releases include books from FMyLife.com, former child actor (and now ambivalent home-schooler) Quinn Cummings, YouTube artist Phil Hansen, Asperger's blogger Aaron Likens, illustrator/teacher Carla Sonheim, and Chunklet Magazine publisher (and indie-cred arbiter) Henry Owings.

Before joining Penguin in 2005, she was a Senior Editor at St. Martin's Press, where she began as an editorial assistant at the dawn of time.

A graduate of Brown University and a lapsed writer, inventor, and standup comic, she blogs regularly at PerigeeBooks.com, and tweets about publishing and more as @MarianLiz.

Pamela Dorman is Vice President and Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books/Viking.  The imprint focuses on general fiction, especially debut fiction, with occasional non-fiction including memoirs, women’s issues and psychology.  Her previous authors include major bestsellers Helen Fielding, Sue Monk Kidd, and Kim Edwards.  Since her imprint’s inception, she has published numerous debuts, including the New York Times bestselling Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers, and New York Times bestselling 22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson. She also brought bestselling author Luanne Rice back to Viking Penguin with The Silver Boat.

Denise Silvestro is an Executive Editor at the Berkley Publishing Group, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). In the publishing industry for more than twenty years, Denise acquires both commercial fiction and non-fiction, although her list is currently 90% non-fiction. She works within all genres, including narrative nonfiction, memoir, self-help/motivational, personal finance, health/well-being, inspirational and celebrity/pop culture. She has worked with bestselling authors such as Don Piper, psychic-medium John Edward, and minister T.D. Jakes.

Recent and forthcoming titles include Jenna McCarthy’s IF IT WAS SO EASY, THEY’D CALL THE WHOLE DAMN THING A HONEYMOON; blogger Anna Goldfarb’s CLEARLY, I DIDN’T THINK THIS THROUGH; TRUE MOM CONFESSIONS (based on the popular website); Iraq veteran Bryan Anderson’s NO TURNING BACK; AND Micky Ward’s A WARRIOR’S HEART—the true story behind the Academy Award winning movie The Fighter.

A native New Yorker and a graduate of New York University, Denise juggles work and motherhood--and there is never a dull moment with her writer husband, 6 year old redhead, and her three year old aspiring tap dancer.

Susanna Einstein (Co-Director) a native New Yorker, graduated with distinction from Northwestern University and spent two years working in Chicago theater. She got her start in publishing in 1995 at what was then Warner Books, working first in publicity and then in editorial, and eventually at the before-its-time e-book imprint iPublish.com. She went on to work as a scout with Maria B. Campbell Associates, then moved on to become one of the founding agents at LJK Literary Management. She is interested in both commercial and literary fiction, as well as the occasional memoir and book of narrative non-fiction. She is particularly interested in finding wonderful books for middle-grade or young adult readers.