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 New York Book Forum, reading comes into focus!

Board of Directors

Peggy Samedi

Peggy Samedi, President

Penguin Random House

Brigid Black Headshot

Brigid Black, Vice President

Simon & Schuster

Mel Cowher, Treasurer

Lakeside Book Company

Richard Bretan, Secretary

W.W. Norton & Company

Zachary Lutz

Asst. VP & Creative Director

Penguin Random House

Lauren White-Jackson

Lauren White-Jackson

Chair, Program Committee

W.W. Norton & Company

Martha Hanson Headshot

Martha Hanson

Chair, Membership 


Simon & Schuster

Karen Romano Headshot

Karen Romano

Chair, Literacy Committee

W.W. Norton & Company

Janet McCarthy Grimm Headshot

Janet McCarthy Grimm

Immediate Past President

Lindenmeyr Book Publishing

Papers, retired

Andy Hughes Headshot

Andy Hughes

Penguin Random House

Carol Bystrom

Library of America

Michael Wettstein

Phoenix Color

Alison Gervais

Abrams Books