TarcherPerigee Team

Penguin: Because Reading Matters

Tracy Behar SVP, Publisher, Avery and TarcherPerigee

Tracy Behar, SVP and Publisher of Avery, joined Penguin in 2024. She was previously at Little, Brown and Company, where she served as VP, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of the imprint she founded, Little, Brown Spark, a leading force in prescriptive nonfiction. She has overseen publishing across the categories of health, psychology, self-help, science,…

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Jacob Surpin, Senior Editor

Jacob Surpin joined TarcherPerigee in the spring of 2023, where he focuses on personal transformation, popular science, outdoors/nature, performance, and creativity titles. He is especially drawn to books that cut against expectation in some way or that reveal or draw on something previously hidden – ideas, stories, insights, teachings, or practices that can impact our…

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Lauren O’Neal, Editor

Lauren O’Neal joined TarcherPerigee in early 2023 and is looking to acquire a range of books in the practical nonfiction space. She is particularly interested in books about mental health and psychology, neurodiversity (ADHD and autism), spirituality and religion, nature, and language, as well as workbooks and guided journals. Prior to working at TarcherPerigee, Lauren…

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Joanna Ng, Editor

Joanna Ng joined TarcherPerigee in 2012, where she acquires and edits books in the areas of personal growth/self-help, popular psychology, creativity, and memoir. She enjoys working with a diverse range of authors who have compelling stories to tell and powerful insights to share—she is always learning something new from them.

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Lauren Appleton, Senior Editor

Lauren Appleton has been at TarcherPerigee since 2012, where she acquires a wide range of self-improvement titles, mainly for Millennials and Gen-Z. She is particularly interested in the areas of inspiration/motivation, pop-psychology, creativity, social justice, female empowerment, and anything that will improve your life or simply make you smile. A large portion of her list…

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Nina Shield, Executive Editor

Executive Editor Nina Shield joined TarcherPerigee and Avery in 2017 with a focus on prescriptive non-fiction. For TarcherPerigee, she is particularly interested in inspirational, self-improvement/personal growth, creativity, spirituality, wellness, and workbooks/journals.

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Sara Carder, Editorial Director

Sara Carder is Editorial Director of TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Sara began her editorial career at Berkley Books, a paperback division of Penguin Random House, in 1997 working on mysteries, thrillers, and literary fiction. She joined Tarcher in 2000.

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Marian Lizzi, Editor-in-Chief, VP

Marian Lizzi has 25 years of experience editing books for major publishing houses, with a focus on “self-help for smart people” as well as creativity, including quirky interactive journals. After “growing up” as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she acquired and edited a wide range of projects for 14 years, she moved to Perigee, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for 10 years.

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Lindsay Gordon, Associate Publisher, Director of Publicity and Marketing

Lindsay Gordon is the Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing & Publicity for both Avery Books and TarcherPerigee. She has over 16 years of experience promoting and publicizing non-fiction authors and their books. As Associate Publisher Lindsay oversees all of the customized publicity and marketing campaigns which are aimed towards securing as much media as possible and effectively getting the books in front of consumers in new and innovative ways.

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Megan Newman, Senior Vice President and Publisher

Megan Newman, Vice President and Publisher, joined Penguin in 2004 where her first acquisition was Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., a New York Times bestseller that’s gone on to be one of Avery’s biggest backlist books. Her other bestsellers include The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.; Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times; I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher; Wheelmen by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell; and The Wahl’s Protocol by Terry Wahls, M.D. Prior to joining Avery, she was the Editorial Director of HarperResource where she published bestselling books by Nicholas Perricone, Wayne Dyer, Bobbi Brown, Lily Pulitzer, Dean Edell, M.D., Jorge Cruise, and more. She began her career at W.H. Freeman and Company working on science textbooks and trade books.

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