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 U.K., as well as for Simon & Schuster’s roster of U.S. distribution clients.
Kevin came to Simon & Schuster from HarperCollins Canada, where he had held the position of Vice President, Sales and Marketing since 2002. Prior to that, he had been Chief Operating Officer of Madison Press Books. He has also served in executive sales and marketing positions at Penguin Books Canada Limited, Quantum Book Group, Macmillan Canada, and Key Porter Books.
A graduate of the University of Alberta, Kevin also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He is the past Chair of the Cultural Human Resources Council and the past Chair of the Canadian Publishers Council. He is a member of the Humber College Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and he is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he teaches at the SFU Publishing Workshops.
Phyllis Bruce was named editor of a new imprint, Phyllis Bruce Editions, at Simon & Schuster Canada in August 2013. She previously served as a publishing consultant to Simon & Schuster Canada, publisher of Phyllis Bruce Books at HarperCollins Canada, and editor-in-chief at Key Porter Books. Phyllis is one of Canada’s most distinguished editors and publishers. She is a two-time winner of the Canadian Booksellers’ Association’s Editor of the Year Award and has published numerous bestselling and award-winning authors, including David Bergen, Dennis Bock, Charlotte Gray, Helen Humphreys, Frances Itani, Dianne Warren, and Richard B. Wright.
Phyllis is looking for Canadian literary fiction and nonfiction, memoir, autobiography, and history.
Nita Pronovost joined Simon & Schuster Canada as Editorial Director in February 2015. Before that, she worked for six years as a senior editor at Penguin Random House Canada, where she edited eight #1 national bestsellers in three years. Current authors include Ruth Ware, Glenn Dixon, Rupi Kaur (all #1 bestsellers), and bestselling authors Amy Stuart, Jody Mitic, Jay Ingram and Iain Reid, among others.
Nita actively acquires women’s upmarket commercial novels, suspense/psychological thrillers, literary-commercial crossover, historical fiction, memoirs, and notable debuts.
Patricia joined Simon & Schuster Canada as Managing Editor in February 2015. She previously held editorial positions at Annick Press and HarperCollins Children’s Books and worked in sales at Hachette Book Group Canada. She was also a literary agent in Transatlantic Agency’s children’s division.
Patricia is looking for children’s books, specifically early readers, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction. For the adult division, she is interested in parenting books.
Laurie Grassi joined Simon & Schuster Canada in January 2017 as Senior Editor. Before that she worked in publishing for over two decades, notably as Books Editor at Chatelaine magazine, where she interviewed Elizabeth Gilbert, David Mitchell, Helen Humphreys, Claire Messud, and David Nicholls, among others, and excerpted such books as Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life. Laurie is delighted by tales that delve into the art and literary worlds, has a taste for unconventional plot structures, and wants to fall for characters—miscreant and otherwise. Current authors include Governor General’s Award finalist Maria Mutch, New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley, Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum (writing as Nathan Ripley), and bestselling author Catherine McKenzie.
Laurie actively acquires literary fiction, upmarket commercial novels, memoir, and narrative non-fiction.
Brendan joined Simon & Schuster Canada in 2011 and became Editor in November 2016. He has worked on a diverse list of titles ranging from literary and commercial fiction to memoir, sports, politics, and history. Authors he has worked with include Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Wendel Clark, Tie Domi, Bob Rae, and Peter Newman.
Brendan is looking for memoirs and literary or commercial fiction, and he has a particular interest in story-driven fiction, narrative nonfiction, or books that take an inventive approach to tackling big ideas.
Sarah St. Pierre
Sarah joined Simon & Schuster Canada in 2014 and became Associate Editor in 2017. She has worked with bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction including Genevieve Graham, Roz Nay, Jody Mitic, and Robert Bateman.
Sarah is looking for commercial novels, historical fiction, thrillers, memoirs, and books that celebrate new voices and add a twist to traditional narratives.