announced the 40 honorees for its Star Watch 2015, including eight Penguin Random House honorees, featuring one Superstar, our very own Helen Yentus, Art Director of Riverhead Books.
inaugural Star Watch program recognizes young publishing professionals who have distinguished themselves as future leaders of the industry. When Helen learned she was named the Superstar, she says, “Honestly, I was taken aback. We all work so hard here and I consider myself one part of a team. I feel very honored, but also humbled, I guess, as I don’t necessarily see myself in this way. I am extremely grateful to Madeline, for nominating me for this honor. And mostly I just feel lucky to work in such a creative atmosphere that fosters innovation. The people I work with constantly push me to do better and more interesting things because they themselves are doing them in ways that I would not have thought. It’s thrilling, really.”
In the Star Watch feature in the current edition of Publishers Weekly,
Penguin Publishing Group President Madeline McIntosh commented: “Helen Yentus, award-winning art director of Riverhead Books, is a star magician of the very first order. She is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of physical design. Far from working in the lone-artist model, Helen brings collaborative and inspiring energy to the entire Riverhead art team and to collaborations with external talents.” To read the full Star Watch feature on Helen, clickhere
Star Watch was developed in association with the Frankfurt Book Fair, and as part of the program, as the Superstar Helen was awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the international fair next month. The 40 Stars included 7 more Penguin Random House honorees, Eve Adler
, Senior Editor, Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan; Rachel Kempster Barry
, VP, Marketing and Publicity, DK; Joanna Cardenas
, Associate Editor, Viking Children’s Books; Nicole Estrin
, Advertising & Promotions Coordinator, Berkley Publishing Group; Mallory Grigg
, Senior Designer, Penguin Young Readers Group; Casey McIntyre
, Associate Publisher, Razorbill; and Matthew Schwartz
, VP, Director of Digital Strategy & Associate Digital Publisher, Random House. They were honored at a party in NYC on Wednesday, September 16.
Congratulations to Helen and all of our Penguin Random House honorees!
With the help of judges from the American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and industry consultant Richard Nash, PW selected the honorees from among the more than 250 nominees. The honorees represent every part of the book eco system: booksellers, designers, digital specialists, editors, and publicists. They sell and publish a variety of formats across all categories and genres, from literary fiction to romance, picture books to academic tomes, and comics to classics.