Saga Press Expands Team and Title List

Saga Press is growing its team. Editorial Director Joe Monti, Senior Editor Amara Hoshijo, and Editorial Assistant Jéla Lewter announced the following additions to the Saga Press staff on September 15.

Nivia Evans will join Saga Press as a Senior Editor, moving from Orbit Books. A 2020 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Superstar and Hugo Award-nominated editor, Evans acquisitions include New York Times bestselling author Alix E. Harrow, Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s Son of the Storm, H. G. Parry’s The Magician’s Daughter, Sara Hashem’s The Jasad Heir, and forthcoming Georgia Summers’ The City of Stardust. She starts on October 2nd.

Sareena Kamath has joined Saga Press as an Editor, coming most recently from Zando, where she acquired Samantha Allen’s Patricia Wants to Cuddle, New York Times bestseller Alaina Urquhart’s The Butcher and the Wren, Gerardo Sámano Córdova’s Monstrilio, and the forthcomingElaine U. Cho’s Ocean’s Godori. Previously, she was at Little, Brown and Company/Mulholland Books. She will begin on September 25th.

Caroline Tew joins Saga Press as an Editorial Assistant, coming from Franklin & Siegal Associates, where she was a Junior Scout.

Christine Calella is a lifelong fan of fantasy, folklore, and horror who studied genre writing at Columbia University’s MFA program. She has been at the flagship imprint of Simon & Schuster for 5 years, rising to the title of Senior Publicist, where she worked with such authors as Bob Woodward, Howard Stern, and Hillary Clinton. She is tremendously excited to be joining the Saga Press team.

Savannah Breckenridge joined Saga Press in June 2023. She previously worked at Abrams Books as a Marketing Associate. This is a return to Simon & Schuster for Savannah where she began her career as a Marketing Assistant, working on campaigns for Tracy Deonn and Chloe Gong.

Karintha Parker also joins Saga Press’s publicity team as an Associate Publicist. Parker comes from HarperCollins where she helped work on the recent campaigns for Barbara Kingsolver as well as Justin C. Key.

In addition to the personnel growth, Saga Press will be moving to the flagship division of Simon & Schuster, beginning with its 2024 publications. Joe Monti will be reporting to Tim O’Connell, Vice President and Editorial Director of Fiction at Simon & Schuster.

With this expanded team in place Joe Monti plans to double the number of titles the imprint will publish by 2026.

Since its founding in 2015, Saga Press at Simon & Schuster has been a leading publisher of fantasy, horror, science fiction, and speculative fiction, with a dedicated mission to curate a list of powerful and diverse authorial voices, which has included acclaimed authors Chloe Gong, Charlaine Harris, Stephen Graham Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Liu, Peter S. Beagle, R. A. Salvatore, and Rebecca Roanhorse.

[Based on a press release.]

Pixel Scroll 2/20/16 It’s Like My Body’s Developed This Massive Pixel Deficiency

(1) CROTCHETY GOES TO TOWN. Amazing Stories’ Steve Davidson gets his Boskone report off to a fast start with a post about Day 1.

I’m at Boskone this weekend, hanging out with the fans, loquaciously displaying my intimate knowledge of arcana  on several panels and availing myself of various perks offered by this long-running (53rd year) convention that was launched as a bid for the 1967 Worldcon.

It’s operated by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA), one of the longest running fan clubs in the country.

One of the things NESFA does is clear out their library and make the clearances available on a freebie table.  Last year, someone snagged a bunch of large-size Analogs out from under my reaching hand (‘sigh’).  This year I was one of the first ‘gleaners’ to hit the table and was rewarded with:

several D series Ace Doubles; a good-sized stack of early Locus fanzines;  same for File 770; a handful of Groff Conklin paperback anthologies (filling in a couple of gaps.  The paperbacks are shortened versions of the hardback anthologies Conklin produced over the years.); a couple of Lee & Miller hardbacks; a NESFA anthology of Lester Del Rey shorts (edited by our own Steven H. Silver); the remaining issues of Galileo magazine that I didn’t have (complete run now!). (Galileo was a “semi-prozine” from back in the late 70s); a few issues of Infinity digest magazine, and a smattering of this and that interesting looking items.

I’m thinking a loquacious displayer would be a great subject for an Audobon drawing.

(2) HARTWELL REMEMBERED. Boskone ran a David Hartwell memorial panel.

(3) THE NEW WAY TO BE HAPPY. Authors shared their excitement over the Nebula Award announcement.

(4) WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO PWN IT TOO? David Brin leads off “Science Fiction and Freedom” with  this book deal —

While in San Francisco for a panel on artificial consciousness, I had an opportunity to stop by the headquarters of the Electronic Frontier Foundation — dedicated to preserving your freedom online and off.  As part of their 25th year anniversary celebration, EFF released Pwning Tomorrow, an anthology of science fiction stories by Bruce Sterling, Ramaz Naam, Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, David Brin, Lauren Beukes, and others. You can download it for a donation to this worthy organization.



  • February 20, 1962 — A camera onboard the “Friendship 7” Mercury spacecraft photographs astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. during the Mercury-Atlas 6 space flight.


  • Born February 20, 1926 – Richard Matheson


(7) MUSICAL MISSION. In San Diego on March 31, the Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert will be performed by a symphony orchestra.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this galaxy or any other.

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including music from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Starfleet Academy and much more. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience.

(8) PERCEPTIONS ABOUT DISABILITY. At The Bias, Annalee Flower Horne covers a lot of ground in “The Geeks Guide To Disability”.

I want the science fiction community to be inclusive and accessible to disabled people. I want our conventions and corners of the internet to be places where disabled people are treated with dignity and respect. I’m hoping that if I walk through some of the more common misconceptions, I can move the needle a little–or at least save myself some time in the future, because I’ll be able to give people a link instead of explaining all this again.

What is Disability?

This may seem like starting from first principles, but a lot of the misconceptions I’ve encountered within the science fiction community have been rooted in a poorly thought-out model of what the term ‘disability’ means….

(9) THE “TO BE HEARD” PILE. Escape Pod has done a metacast about the stories they ran that are eligible for the Hugos.

(10) LONG FORM EDITOR. George R.R. Martin, in “What They Edited, The Third”, posts an impressive resume from Joe Monti of Saga Press, the new science fiction imprint of Simon & Schuster/ Pocket Books.

(11) PRIVATE LABEL. From the Worldcon in the city where everything’s up to date….

(12) FINNISH SNACKS. Things are up to date in Helsinki, too, but there’s a reason you don’t see reindeer roaming the streets….

(13) AND SPEAKING OF EATING. Scott Edelman says a second episode of his podcast Eating the Fantastic has gone live, with guest Bud Sparhawk.

Bud Sparhawk

Bud Sparhawk

I chatted with Bud—a three-time Nebula finalist and Analog magazine regular—about how Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions anthology inspired him to become a writer, what it was like to write for three different Analog editors over four decades, the plotters vs. pantsers debate, and more.

Edelman ends, “If all goes well, Episode 3 will feature writer, editor, and Rosarium Publishing owner Bill Campbell.”

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Rose Embolism, and Gerry Williams for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Soon Lee.]