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Michael Pietsch

MICHAEL PIETSCH is the Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Book Group. He entered publishing with David R. Godine, Publisher, in Boston, and in 1979 came to New York to work as an editor for Charles Scribner's Sons. In 1985, Pietsch moved to Harmony Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing.

Pietsch joined Little, Brown in 1991, was appointed Editor in Chief in 1998 and became Publisher in 2001. He has acquired and edited thrillers by the world's bestselling novelist, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Walter Mosley, and Michael Koryta. He worked with David Foster Wallace on his novel Infinite Jest and edited his posthumous novel The Pale King, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

As Publisher, Pietsch has brought out bestsellers by James Bradley, Tina Fey, Malcolm Gladwell, Elin Hilderbrand, Stephenie Meyer, Ian Rankin, Keith Richards, J.K. Rowling, Alice Sebold, David Sedaris, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. In 2012 he oversaw the launch of Mulholland Books, a suspense fiction imprint. In 2013, he became CEO of Hachette Book Group and continues to edit a few books a year.

Michael Pietsch serves on the boards of Poets and Writers, Bookish, AAP, and is Board Chairman of World Book Night. He lives in Ossining, New York with his wife Janet Vultee Pietsch, a children’s book editor. They have three children.


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