Miriam Chotiner-Gardner of Crown wins The Ashmead Award 2014

June 30, 2014

NEW YORK — Miriam Chotiner-Gardner is the fourth recipient of The Ashmead Award, the publishing prize named in honor of legendary book editor Lawrence Peel “Larry” Ashmead, who passed away in 2010.  Chotiner-Gardner is an Associate Editor at Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

“Miriam stood out in a superb field of candidates this year,” said Brenda Segel, HarperCollins Sr. VP of Rights who spoke on behalf of the selection committee.  “Miriam has been devoted to publishing since high school. She interned at Yale University Press and later at Norton and Oxford University Press throughout her high school and college years, and also spent a year working as a bookseller. She still finds time to moonlight on the retail side, which brings a very useful viewpoint to her editorial work. Her level of commitment to the industry and her curiosity across a broad spectrum of books shine through, and Larry would have loved to work with her.”

Chotiner-Gardner, a graduate of Williams College, spent a year at the Greenwich Village independent bookstore Three Lives & Company before joining Crown as an editorial assistant in September 2011. Among her books is the forthcoming memoir A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE by Miranda Richmond Mouillot, which uses a house in Southern France to tell the story of a family’s fractured history following WWII, and she has worked on titles such as Ben Macintyre’s DOUBLE CROSS and Timothy Geithner’s STRESS TEST. She was promoted to Associate Editor in mid-June 2014.

As the recipient of The Ashmead Award, Chotiner-Gardner will attend the Yale Publishing Course:  Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing, July 20-25 in New Haven, CT.  She will also have access to a distinguished advisory committee consisting of preeminent editors in the publishing community.

About the Ashmead Award

The Ashmead Award, honoring legendary book editor Lawrence Peel Ashmead, is designed to nurture the career of a promising young editor in the field of book publishing, as an effort to recognize and continue the tradition of Larry’s long and honorable history of mentoring young editors and helping them develop their careers in publishing. Awarded to one editor each year, The Ashmead Award will continue Larry’s tradition of apprenticeship by sending each year’s winner to a recognized educational publishing venue. 


About the Yale Publishing Course

The Yale Publishing Course is designed to bring mid to upper-level publishing professionals together with leading experts from the publishing world and from the Yale School of Management faculty.  The Course, which tackles the most important issues facing publishers today, concentrates heavily on management and leadership strategies in an uncertain economy.  It places strong emphasis on understanding and utilizing the latest advances in technology and preparing for the next wave of innovations.  Digital media and international perspectives are infused throughout the curriculum. Editorial content, design and production, marketing and sales, and business and management issues are addressed throughout the week. The session of the Yale Publishing Course geared to professionals in magazine media runs from July 13  - 18, 2014.