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President and Publisher, Candlewick Press
MA, United States
Karen Lotz is group managing director of Walker Books Ltd (London, England), and also serves as president and publisher of Candlewick Press, located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Candlewick Press, one of the nation's largest independent publishing companies, is the U.S. subsidiary of the Walker Books Group, which also includes Walker Books UK, Walker Books Australia, and Walker Productions, a children's television development company. Collectively the Walker/Candlewick group constitutes what is perhaps the largest employee-owned publishing company in the world, with more than 100 long-time writers and illustrators also sharing in the company's ownership in a unique business model.
Specializing in children's books and young adult literature, Candlewick Press publishes many best-selling and award-winning authors and titles, including Kate DiCamillo, M.T. Anderson, Megan McDonald, Jon Klassen, Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford, the Maisy books by Lucy Cousins, and the Ology series, which began with Dragonology.
Prior to coming to Candlewick, Karen was president and publisher of Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam. A mother of two children, ages two and eight, she attended Harvard College and currently divides her time between Boston and London.