Touchstone

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Sally Kim, Editorial Director

Michelle specializes in commercial nonfiction. Her bestsellers at Touchstone include books like THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan, diet category-killers THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU and THE NEW ATKINS FOR A NEW YOU COOKBOOK, 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 the areas of self-help, personal finance, psychology, relationships, cookbooks, and health, including books like: HOW TODDLERS THRIVE, a groundbreaking book by Good Morning America’s “Toddler Whisperer,” Dr. Tovah Klein; THE NARCISSIST YOU KNOW by Dr. Joseph Burgo, a guide to defending yourself against extreme narcissists in our all-about-me age; BEYOND THE SLING, a real-world guide to Attachment Parenting by Mayim Bialik (aka TV’s “Blossom”); OUR BODIES, OURSELVES; and the classic American cookbook, JOY OF COOKING.

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: 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; investigative journalist Juliana Barbassa’s DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, a look at the fascinating, infuriating culture of Rio (timed to release before the 2016 Olympic Games); and two new books from #1 New York Times bestselling author Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal.

Michelle Howry, Senior Editor

Lauren Spiegel, Senior Editor

Lauren Spiegel began her publishing career at Touchstone in 2006. Lauren is a passionate pop culture, new media, and entertainment enthusiast--she's looking for humor, pop culture, narrative nonfiction, celebrity-driven projects, as well as a limited number of commercial fiction titles.

Some of her recent and upcoming books include the #1 New York Times bestseller, HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh which was named the Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Humor Book; GRACE'S GUIDE: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig, a beautifully illustrated tongue-in-cheek guide to life for millennials by comedian, actress, and host of it'sGrace on YouTube; AS IF!: The Complete Oral History of the Totally Classic Movie Clueless As Told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew by journalist Jen Chaney, for publication upon the twentieth anniversary of the film's release; NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York edited by Sari Botton, a collection of essays by notable New Yorkers such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, Whoopi Goldberg, Phillip Lopate, and many others on their love for the Big Apple.

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Matthew Benjamin, Senior Editor

Sally Kim, Editorial Director, Touchstone Books

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. He’s worked with authors such as Peter Ames Carlin, Cary Elwes, Andrew Dice Clay, Greg Proops, Tyrese Gibson, Rev Run, Dr. Jack Schafer, Marc Ecko, Bethenny Frankel, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Ira Judelson, Danny Dreyer, Luis Rodriguez, Marky Ramone, Ron Clark, Eric Helms, Jenn Shelton, Scott McEwen, David Menasche, and Rien Fertel.

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

Sally focuses on quality fiction with commercial appeal. Over the past nineteen years she has acquired and edited a wide range of fiction, including New York Times bestsellers Gillian Flynn's SHARP OBJECTS, Lisa Unger's BEAUTIFUL LIES, Allison Winn Scotch's TIME OF MY LIFE, and Will Lavender's OBEDIENCE; Lee Martin's Pulitzer Prize finalist THE BRIGHT FOREVER, Jami Attenberg's INSTANT LOVE, Ann Leary's OUTTAKES FROM A MARRIAGE, Justin Evans's A GOOD AND HAPPY CHILD, Leah Stewart's THE MYTH OF YOU AND ME, Jill Smolinski's THE NEXT THING ON MY LIST, and Jennifer Donnelly's THE TEA ROSE; as well as Debra Ginsberg's memoir, WAITING: The True Confessions of a Waitress. She has also edited New York Times bestselling authors Phillip Margolin, Cecelia Ahern, Kate White, and Rebecca Wells.

Her recent Touchstone titles include Philippa Gregory's THE WHITE PRINCESS, Lisa Unger's IN THE BLOOD, New Yorker writer John Kenney's TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, Rona Jaffe Award winner Holly Goddard Jones's THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME, Robert Lautner's ROAD TO RECKONING, and Courtney Maum's I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU. Upcoming titles include Cristina Alger’s THE OPPOSITE OF YOU and debuts by Giller Prize finalist Elisabeth de Mariaffi (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW) and Andy Abramowitz (TREMBLE).

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 was a 2006 Frankfurt Fair Fellow and a 2007 fellow in the Visiting International Publishers Program in Sydney, Australia.

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Miya Kumangai, Editorial Assistant

Miya assists Susan Moldow and is developing her own list of titles. She joined Touchstone in March 2013 after graduating from Rice University and is interested in literary and commercial women’s fiction, in all genres. 

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 graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with degrees in Linguistics, Russian, and Spanish. She then spent a year on a Fulbright grant in Rostov-on-Don, Russia before joining the Touchstone team in September of 2013. Elaine assists Matthew Benjamin and Michelle Howry with their projects and is interested in literary fiction, literature in translation, nonfiction, and culinary pieces, such as food memoirs and cookbooks.

Elaine Wilson, Editorial Assistant

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