Lerner Publishing Group Editorial Director Amy Fitzgerald Named Publishers Weekly Star Watch Finalist for 2022

NEW YORK—October 26, 2022— Amy Fitzgerald, editorial director at Lerner Publishing Group, was named a PW Star Watch finalist, one of 5 finalists selected from a list of 41 honorees for the 2022 awards, which identify and celebrate innovators in book publishing. The group of honorees includes representatives from the Big 5 publishers, independent houses, comics publishers, literary agents, booksellers and others who influence books that get read.

“This group expresses a lot of entrepreneurial spirit,” said Jim Milliot, editorial director of Publishers Weekly and an awards juror. “The honorees this year definitely transcend the nine-to-five publishing world. They are involved in many aspects of the literary landscape.”

From five finalists, one “Superstar” will be revealed at the in-person celebratory reception on November 15, 2022, to be held in New York. Publishers Weekly magazine will feature a profile of the honorees in its October 31, 2022 issue.

Nearly 200 nominations were vetted by the PW Star Watch jury, with attention paid to the standouts of the publishing world. Last year’s Superstars were Madison, Wisconsin booksellers Gretchen Treu and Wes Lukes, co-owners of A Room of One’s Own.

Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director for Publishers Weekly, said, “Continuing the PW Star Watch tradition is an honor in itself, and knowing we’ll be coming together in person to celebrate the entire pool of finalists and honorees makes it even sweeter.”

PW Star Watch was founded in 2015 by Publishers Weekly , originally in partnership with Frankfurter Buchmesse; Publishers Weekly is now the sole sponsor and manager of the awards. PW Star Watch honors innovative and inspired “rising stars” of the U.S. and Canadian publishing communities.

The PW Star Watch reception will be held at the Monarch Rooftop, 71 West 35th Street, New York, New York 10001. Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/publishers-weekly-star-watch-reception-tickets-441846704387. The event is open to the public.

PW Star Watch 2022 Finalists
Elizabeth Agyemang, Associate Editor, Clarion Books
Ruoxi Chen, Editor, Tor
Fanta Diallo, Associate Publicist, Little, Brown and Company
Amy Fitzgerald, Editorial Director, Lerner Publishing Group
Ashley Mireles, Director of Sales and Marketing, Familius

About Publishers Weekly
Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes 10 e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and weekly supplement), two blogs, a mobile edition, digital editions, apps and podcasts; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually.

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


To schedule an interview with Amy Fitzgerald, please email Lindsay Matvick, publicity director at Lerner Publishing Group, at lmatvick@lernerbooks.com.

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