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Our Team

Learn about the members who make up the Simon & Schuster publishing team.

Kevin Hanson, President and Publisher

Kevin Hanson is the President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. He joined the company as President in 2005 and in 2013 also named the company’s first Canadian publisher. He is responsible for all of the publishing, sales, marketing, financial, and operations activities of Simon & Schuster Canada, which is also the exclusive distributor in Canada of the book and audio products of both Simon & Schuster and Simon & Schuster UK, as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of US distribution clients.

Nita Pronovost, Vice President and Editorial Director

Nita Pronovost is Vice President and Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster Canada. She oversees the publication of many bestselling international and domestic fiction authors, including Ruth Ware, Kate Morton, Beverley McLachlin, Santa Montefiore, Liz Nugent, Amy Stuart, Samantha M. Bailey, and Iain Reid. Her nonfiction list includes New York Times bestselling authors Rupi Kaur, Tegan and Sara, and Neil Pasricha. She specializes in thrillers, upmarket commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, celebrity biographies, and hard-hitting memoirs. She is also a novelist, writing under the pen name Nita Prose. Her debut, The Maid, will be published in 2022 in over twenty countries. Follow her on Twitter @NitaProse.

Janie Yoon, Executive Editor

Janie Yoon is Executive Editor at Simon & Schuster Canada. Previously, she was at House of Anansi Press, where she worked with bestselling and award-winning Canadian and international authors such as Tanya Talaga, Gil Adamson, Patrick deWitt, Ins Choi, Margaret MacMillan, Lawrence Hill, Ronald J. Deibert, Adam Gopnik, Neil Turok, Douglas Coupland, Behrouz Boochani, Cho Nam-joo, and Sofi Oksanen. Her interests are in literary and upmarket fiction, international fiction and works in translation, and serious nonfiction in subjects that include politics, geopolitics, social justice, humanitarian issues, history, biography, memoir, science and technology, and nature and environment. She is passionate about publishing diverse stories from a diverse range of voices, and books that will make a positive and lasting impact on culture and society.

Sarah St. Pierre, Senior Editor

Sarah St. Pierre joined Simon & Schuster Canada in 2014 and became Senior Editor in 2019. She has worked with bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction including Beverley McLachlin, Peter Mansbridge, Genevieve Graham, Janet Skeslien Charles, Roz Nay, Leslie Howard, Bob McKenzie, Jay Ingram, and Robert Bateman. She is looking for commercial novels, historical fiction, generational stories, psychological thrillers, upmarket romance, memoirs, and nonfiction that celebrates diverse voices and perspectives with an engaging narrative, brings new research to a wide audience, and changes the conversation. Follow her on Twitter @SarahJaneStP.

Laurie Grassi, Senior Editor

Laurie Grassi is Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster Canada. She is drawn to own voices, is delighted by a fresh hook and unconventional structure, and wants to fall for characters—miscreant and otherwise. She’s edited bestselling books by Jesse Thistle (the top-selling Canadian author of 2020), New York Times bestselling authors Kathy Reichs and Susanna Kearsley, Daniel Kalla, The Social co-host Cynthia Loyst, Catherine McKenzie, Andrew Pyper, HGTV host and designer Sarah Richardson, Nathan Ripley, and Robert Rotenberg. Forthcoming authors include Zarqa Nawaz (creator of the hit CBC series Little Mosque on the Prairie), Amber Cowie, Michelle Grierson, and Sonya Singh. Laurie actively acquires upmarket commercial novels, thrillers, and literary/commercial crossover, as well as nonfiction, with a focus on memoir and lifestyle.

Justin Stoller, Senior Editor

Justin Stoller is Senior Editor (Nonfiction) at Simon & Schuster Canada with a special interest in current affairs, sports, personal stories of humour and heart, and tales of extraordinary lives. Justin’s authors include NHL pro hockey players Max Domi and Nick Kypreos, biographer Michael Posner, psychiatrist and medical advisor Dr. David Goldbloom, and journalist Omar Mouallem. Previously, Justin worked for a decade at Penguin Random House Canada, where he acquired and edited bestselling and award-winning books in memoir, sports, and culture. Justin would be happy to talk about what he’s reading for fun, if you want to know.

Jasmine Elliott, Assistant Managing Editor

Jasmine Elliott joined Simon & Schuster in 2019. Prior to that, she worked for ten years as a freelance editor of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Jasmine is proud to assist in ushering all Simon & Schuster Canada titles with care and passion from acquisition to print.

Karen Silva, Assistant to the President and Editorial Director

Karen Silva joined Simon & Schuster Canada in 2019 as the Assistant to the President and Editorial Director. She previously interned at HarperCollins Canada. Karen assists the editorial department and works with the editors on various books. She is interested in upmarket commercial novels, historical fiction, and psychological thrillers.