The New York Book Forum is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. NYBF is dedicated to building bridges between the entire book publishing world and the public with an emphasis on the importance of reading and promoting literacy. The Forum’s target membership extends beyond those who have worked in some capacity in the book world to include all who embrace and celebrate reading. It is our plan to hold regular informational forums, sponsor book competitions, and facilitate educational opportunities that enhance book creation, production, and distribution across all formats. We envision these activities as helping to promote literacy. At the New York Book Forum, reading comes into focus!

Board of Directors

Peggy Samedi

Peggy Samedi


(Penguin Random House)

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Brigid Black

Vice President

(Simon & Schuster)

Mel Cowher


(Lakeside Book Company)

Richard Bretan

Secretary & Chair, Book Show Committee

(W.W. Norton & Company)

Lauren White-Jackson

Lauren White-Jackson

Chair, Program Committee

(W.W. Norton & Company)

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Zachary Lutz

Asst. VP & Creative Director

(Penguin Random House)

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Martha Hanson

Chair, Membership Committee

(Simon & Schuster)

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Karen Romano

Chair, Literacy Committee

(W.W. Norton & Company)

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Janet McCarthy Grimm

Immediate Past President

(Lindenmeyr Book Publishing Papers, retired)

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Andy Hughes

(Penguin Random House)

Carol Bystrom

(Library of America)

Michael Wettstein

(Phoenix Color)