Greg Hunter Named a 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree

July 31, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Lerner Publishing Group is pleased to announce that Graphic Universe™ Editorial Director Greg Hunter has been named a 2019 Publishers Weekly (PW) Star Watch honoree. PW Star Watch identifies and celebrates members of the U.S. and Canadian publishing communities who are on the rise and making an impact on the publishing industry. The winner of the fourth annual award will be named and honored at the PW Star Watch party in New York on September 18, 2019.

As Editorial Director of Graphic Universe, Hunter has acquired graphic novels that have collected starred reviews and national awards. My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, written by Nie Jun, translated by Edward Gauvin, and originally published in China, garnered a 2019 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor, an Eisner nomination, and a starred review from Booklist. Stage Dreams, a recently published title by acclaimed cartoonist Melanie Gillman, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Hunter’s other accolades include starred reviews for The Invisible War: A World War I Tale on Two Scales, written by Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Jeremy Barr, and Gregory Crocetti and illustrated by Ben Hutchings; Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle; and The Epic Origin of Super Potato: Book 1 by Artur Laperla.

“It’s an absolute honor to be recognized alongside so many deserving peers in the publishing industry,” said Greg Hunter, Editorial Director of Graphic Universe at Lerner Publishing Group. “My goals are to work with a wide range of talented artists and to bring amazing works from around the world to US audiences. To be recognized for doing so is wonderful.”

“Greg is passionate about seeking out unique and diverse titles,” said Andy Cummings, Executive Vice President and Editor in Chief at Lerner Publishing Group. “His keen eye for fresh stories and art has made Graphic Universe a fast-growing imprint that is positioned for continued growth and success.”

About Lerner Publishing Group
Lerner Publishing Group, one of the nation’s largest independent children’s book publishers, is proud to celebrate 60 years of creating high-quality fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. Founded in 1959, Lerner Publishing Group has fifteen imprints and divisions: Lerner Publications, Millbrook Press™, Carolrhoda Books®, Twenty-First Century Books™, Graphic Universe™, Darby Creek™, Kar-Ben Publishing™, Carolrhoda Lab®, LernerClassroom™, Hungry Tomato®, ediciones Lerner, First Avenue Editions™, Lerner Digital™, Zest Books™, and Lerner Publisher Services™. For more information, visit or call 800-328-4929.

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