Following news about the retirement at the end of the year of longtime Scribner Publishing president and Touchstone publisher Susan Moldow, Simon & Schuster has decided to merge Touchstone operations with two of its other adult imprints, Atria and Gallery Books. In an announcement about the move, Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of S&S Adult Publishing, said that Touchstone's frontlist "frequently overlaps" with other S&S adult imprints, particularly Atria and Gallery. As a result, "I believe that going forward we will be best served by integrating Touchstone's talented staff within these imprints. In making this decision, careful consideration has been given to placing the Touchstone editors, publicity, and marketing staff, in new publishing homes that are the most natural and complementary fit for their sensibilities and titles."
Beginning in January, the following Touchstone staff members will join Atria: executive editor Matthew Benjamin, associate editor Kaitlin Olson, executive editor Trish Todd, editorial assistant Isabella Betita, associate director of publicity Shida Carr, publicity assistant Megan Rudloff, and marketing coordinator Isabel DaSilva.
Touchstone staff joining Gallery are: senior editor Cara Bedick, executive editor Lauren Spiegel, assistant editor Rebecca Strobel, assistant director of publicity Jessica Roth and associate publicist Sydney Morris.
Brian Belfiglio, who has been Scribner's director of publicity while doing double duty with Touchstone, will focus exclusively to Scribner, and will be joined by assistant director of marketing Kelsey Manning.
Associate publisher Meredith Vilarello will manage Touchstone's extensive backlist.
As a result of the restructuring, senior art director Cherlynne Li will leave the company. Karp wrote: "We are grateful for her work as Touchstone's art director over the years, which have made a major contribution to Touchstone's success, and given the imprint's books distinctive and selling covers in all formats."