Touchstone

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Sally Kim, Editorial Director

Michelle Howry specializes in commercial nonfiction. Her books include the New York Times bestsellers THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU and THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU COOKBOOK, Denise Kiernan’s THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu’s memoir OFF BALANCE, pint-sized Hollywood diva Kristin Chenoweth’s A LITTLE BIT WICKED, and the BRO CODE franchise of books (with more than 1.5 million copies in print).

Michelle acquires platform-driven practical nonfiction in areas such as self-help, personal finance, psychology, relationships, cookbooks, and health, including books like: BEYOND THE SLING, a real-world guide to Attachment Parenting by Mayim Bialik (aka TV’s “Blossom”); OUR BODIES, OURSELVES, the classic women’s health series; LOVE ME SLENDER, a guide for couples to help them slim down and lose weight together; and MACHIAVELLI FOR MOMS, a counter-intuitive guide for parents who believe the end justifies the means!

She also acquires narrative nonfiction in categories such as popular history, biography, popular science and technology, and some celebrity memoir, including recent and upcoming books like: MOTHER NATURE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU, a look at the dark side of the natural world by Discovery channel’s Dan Riskin; WHAT THE DOG KNOWS, a look at the science behind man’s best friend; CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVAS, about the fashion counter-culture of the early 1990s; MERCURY, a biography of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury; and DANGEROUSLY FUNNY, a biography of the groundbreaking Smothers Brothers by NPR’s Fresh Air TV critic David Bianculli.

Michelle Howry, Senior Editor

Lauren Spiegel, Senior Editor

Lauren Spiegel began her publishing career at Touchstone in 2006. Lauren is a passionate pop culture and entertainment enthusiast—she’s looking for celebrity-driven projects, narrative nonfiction, humor, and pop culture as well as women’s fiction and suspense.

Some of her recent and upcoming books include the New York Times bestseller THE HUNGER PAINS by The Harvard Lampoon and the reissue of their classic parody BORED OF THE RINGS; IN THE WATER THEY CAN’T SEE YOU CRY: A Memoir by seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard, also a New York Times bestseller; HYPERBOLE AND A HALF: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by internet sensation Allie Brosh; SPEAK OF THE DEVIL: A Novel by former federal sex-crimes prosecutor Allison Leotta; MY CRAZY BEAUTIFUL LIFE, an illustrated memoir by multi-platinum recording artist Ke$ha; and THE REVOLUTION WAS TELEVISED: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall, named one of New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani’s ten favorite books of the year. Lauren has also worked with award-winning authors Neil Cross, Robert Dugoni, and Bryan Gruley, among others. 

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Matthew Benjamin, Senior Editor

Sally Kim, Editorial Director, Touchstone Books

Matthew Benjamin is acquiring narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, investigative journalism, self-help, diet and fitness, sports, men’s interest, celebrity, pop culture, humor, and selected illustrated books. 

He has recently signed up THE FIXER: Adventures of a New York Bail Bondsman in the Underbelly of American Justice; SWINGLAND, the raucously funny and revealing story of a single man’s journey into the ultra-secretive swinger lifestyle; DICE by Andrew Dice Clay; Steve Schirripa’s BIG DADDY’S RULES: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look; UNLABEL, an inspirational business book from entrepreneur Marc Ecko; GODS OF MISCHIEF, by a man currently in the Witness Protection program who infiltrated the infamous Vagos motorcycle gang; and ENEMIES WITHIN from Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman, two Pulitzer-prize winning journalists who pull back the curtain on the NYPD’s shocking post-9/11 security tactics and offer a thriller-like ride into what it really takes to hunt down terrorists in America.

Lauren Spiegel, Editor, Touchstone Books
Matthew Benjamin, Senior Editor, Touchstone Books
Michelle Howry, Senior Editor, Touchstone Books

Sally Kim joined Touchstone as Editorial Director in March 2011, and will continue her focus on quality fiction with commercial appeal, along with some narrative nonfiction. Over eighteen years she has acquired and edited a wide range of fiction – literary thrillers, women's fiction, literary novels – including Gillian Flynn's SHARP OBJECTS (Edgar nominee), Lee Martin's THE BRIGHT FOREVER (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Justin Evans's A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD and THE WHITE DEVIL, Leah Stewart's THE MYTH OF YOU AND ME, Jill Smolinski’s THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, Ann Leary’s OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE, Jennifer Donnelly's THE TEA ROSE; and New York Times bestsellers such as Lisa Unger's BEAUTIFUL LIES, Allison Winn Scotch's TIME OF MY LIFE, and Will Lavender's OBEDIENCE. She also has edited New York Times bestselling authors Phillip Margolin, Cecelia Ahern, Kate White, and Rebecca Wells.

Her recent Touchstone titles include #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory's THE KINGMAKER'S DAUGHTER, Jill Smolinski's OBJECTS OF MY AFFECTION, Must Love Dogs author Claire Cook's WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM, and Adam McOmber's debut novel, THE WHITE FOREST. Upcoming books include debuts by New Yorker writer John Kenney (TRUTH IN ADVERTISING), Rona Jaffe Award winner Holly Goddard Jones (THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME), Lucy Clarke (SWIMMING AT NIGHT), and Robert Lautner (ROAD TO RECKONING); new novels by Lisa Unger (IN THE BLOOD), Leah Stewart (THE HISTORY OF US), Amy Shearn (THE MERMAID OF BROOKLYN), and Big Fish author Daniel Wallace (THE KINGS AND QUEENS OF ROAM).

Sally has also been an editor at HarperCollins, The Crown Publishing Group, and St. Martin’s Press, and got her start as an assistant at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She has served as a literature grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, was a 2006 Frankfurt Fellow, and, in 2007, participated in the Visiting International Publishers Program in Sydney, Australia.

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Miya Kumangai, Editorial Assistant

Miya Kumangai joined Touchstone in March 2013 after graduating from Rice University. A former Touchstone intern, during college she also pitched backlist titles for the publicity department of Bright Sky Press.  Miya is interested in literary and commercial women’s fiction, as well as narrative nonfiction. She assists Stacy Creamer with her projects.

Miya Kumangai, Editorial Assistant
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Melissa Vipperman-Cohen, Editorial Assistant

Melissa Vipperman-Cohen joined Touchstone in June 2013. A former Touchstone intern, she graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English and worked in Publishing Operations at Marvel Entertainment. Her upcoming titles with Touchstone include award-winner Kate Pullinger’s new book LANDING GEAR and urban novel KISS THE RING by Meesha Mink. Melissa assists Sally Kim with her projects as well as oversees a variety of backlist reissues. She is on the lookout for literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, food memoirs, and cookbooks.

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Elaine Wilson joined Touchstone in September 2013 after completing a Fulbright grant to Russia.  She assists Matthew Benjamin and Michelle Howry with their projects.  Elaine is interested in literary and historical fiction, literature in translation, narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism and culinary pieces, such as food memoirs and cookbooks.

Elaine Wilson, Editorial Assistant

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