A New Reference Publisher to Join Penguin Group (USA)

New York, New York - Susan Petersen Kennedy, President of Penguin Group (USA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Newman to the newly created position of Publisher, with responsibility to oversee a reference-oriented program, including Avery Books and Viking Studio.  Ms. Newman will also be functioning in an advisory capacity to Kathryn Court, President and Publisher of Penguin Books, for Penguin Reference. She will be joined by Kate Stark, who will assume the title of Associate Publisher. 

Ms. Petersen Kennedy commented, "We felt that a realignment of our resources was the best way to serve the future growth of our illustrated, medical and reference publishing within Penguin.  But the specific arrangement owes substantially to the proven talents of these two individuals, who are a welcome and valuable addition to our Group."

Ms. Newman said, "I am excited to have the opportunity to help strengthen the Avery and Studio imprints as well as support Penguin in its reference publishing.  Kate and I embrace this challenge and look forward to joining forces with the talented team at Penguin."

Going forward, Avery Books will continue to publish approximately 30 titles per year and Viking Studio will continue to publish roughly ten titles annually ? in hardcover and trade paperback formats.

Megan Newman has been with HarperCollins for nearly eight years, where she started as a Senior Editor, working with such authors as Dean Edell, M.D., and Wayne Dyer.  For the past three years, she has been the Editorial Director for the HarperResource imprint, where she was responsible for such bestsellers as The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas Perricone, M.D., 8 Minutes In The Morning by Jorge Cruise, and Dare To Repair by Julie Sussman and Stephanie Glakas-Tenet.  Prior to her tenure at Harper, Ms. Newman held positions at Macmillan, William Morrow, Readers Digest, and W.H. Freeman & Co.

Kate Stark began her career at HarperCollins in 1991, becoming Director of Retail Sales in 1995.  Four years later, she was appointed Director of Marketing, responsible for the HarperResource imprint, the William Morrow Cookbooks imprint, and cookbook titles published under the HarperCollins imprint.  In this capacity, Ms. Stark spearheaded marketing campaigns for the HarperResource imprint, which included the aforementioned national bestsellers, and the successful re-launch of the HarperCollins bilingual dictionary program.

Ms. Newman and Ms. Stark will be based at Penguin Group (USA)'s New York offices, effective January 28, 2004.

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.



Avery Books was established in 1976 as a college textbook publisher before evolving into an imprint specializing in works by recognized pioneers in alternative healing, scientists and health-care professionals involved in cutting-edge research.  Penguin Group (USA) acquired Avery in October 1999.  Among its bestselling backlist titles: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C. and Juicing for Life by Cherie Calborn and Maureen Keane. Looking ahead, Avery will be publishing The Pennington Plan for Wellness by Dr. Andrea Pennington, M.D., C. Ac., founder and president of the Pennington Institute for Health & Wellness and Medical Director and spokesperson for the Discovery Health Channel. Dr. Pennington's book will be published in Fall 2004.  Also, Dr. Peter T. Scardino, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and head of the hospital's Prostate Cancer Program, and Judith Kelman are writing the authoritative guide to prostate health. This book is scheduled to be published in early 2005.

Viking Studio was formed in 1959 as an illustrated imprint. It has published such bestselling titles as Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001, a New York Times bestseller in 2002; Vanity Fair's Hollywood; Gary Goldshneider's The Secret Language of Birthdays and The Secret Language of Relationships; and Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters by David Hockney. Viking Studio's 2004 titles include Yankee Stadium: Drama, Glamor, and Glory, an updated edition of the anecdotal tribute to "the house that Ruth built," and England's Thousand Best Houses, a lavishly illustrated compendium of English country homes from all periods.


Further information

Marilyn Ducksworth, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2564

Dave Zimmer, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2687