About the Staff
The Book Report Network is headed by co-founder and president Carol Fitzgerald, who works with a team of creative and dedicated staff members in the company’s editorial, website development and Internet marketing divisions.
Founder/President: Carol Fitzgerald
Editorial Director: Tom Donadio
Associate Features Editor: Emily Hoenig
Editorial Manager, Teenreads/Kidsreads: Shara Zaval
Content Coordinators, 20SomethingReads.com: Nicole Sherman and Emily Hoenig
Content Coordinator, GraphicNovelReporter.com: John Maher
Carol Fitzgerald is co-Founder and President of The Book Report Network (TBRN) --- a group of Internet sites about books and authors that have become the gathering places for a large and devoted community of booklovers since 1996. Programming is organized by demographic at Bookreporter.com, 20SomethingReads.com, Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com and by special interest at ReadingGroupGuides.com GraphicNovelReporter.com and FaithfulReader.com. Website visitors can read reviews and author interviews, subscribe to newsletters and participate in interactive polls and contests. TBRN is recognized as an online leader of informed, contemporary book news, reviews, and author interviews.
The company's Authors on the Web division provides Website Design and Development and Internet Marketing/Publicity for authors and publishers. To date the Company has built websites for more than 225 authors and publishers and implemented Internet Marketing /Publicity programs for more than 300 titles.
Prior to founding TBRN, Fitzgerald spent 17 years at Conde Nast where she developed broad-based marketing, promotion and publicity programs. Fitzgerald has a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University
Tom Donadio, a graduate of Fordham University at Rose Hill, began working at The Book Report Network in 2002 as an Editorial intern and joined the company's editorial staff full time the following year. As Editorial Director, Tom assigns and edits all the reviews that appear on Bookreporter.com and FaithfulReader.com, and coordinates the content on ReadingGroupGuides.com. In addition, he prepares newsletter lineups for these three websites and oversees our interns, who help create such features as Coming Soon, Books on Screen and New in Paperback.
Associate Features Editor
Content Coordinator: 20SomethingReads.com
I graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism, despite my tendency to write excessively literary news stories that were grammatically flawless and factually askew. My love of storytelling was not diminished by my inability to write a thousand words on a neighborhood institution --- at least not without making up irrelevant back-stories and comic relief character quotes. So I tried my luck at the New School and got an MFA in creative writing, which suited me much better. I love to read all kinds of books, but if you ask me, I’ll probably tell you I like literary fiction and short stories set in New York City best.
Editorial Manager, Teenreads.com/Kidsreads.com
Shara Zaval graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a B.A. in American Studies and a Certificate in Service Learning. From there, she interned in all sides of the book world—including Candlewick Press, the literary agency Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and Liz Gately Book Scouting—worked at a children’s bookstore, and most recently worked as a children’s and adult book publicist at Trafalgar Square Publishing/iPg in Chicago for more than two years. Her favorite YA and children’s books involve innovative voices and endearing characters, and she is always looking for the next Matilda or From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Advertising and Promotions
Content Coordinator: 20SomethingReads.com
Nicole Sherman works in the book world, with a particular interest in independent publishers and art books. A graduate from Bard College in upstate New York, she earned her degree in Literature and spent her senior year writing her thesis on Roberto Bolano's epic 2666. She began her publishing career in New York City, working retail at the Taschen store in Soho and interning at Phaidon Press in publicity and marketing. Before coming to The Book Report Network, she was Associate Publicist at the small, self-publisher Vantage Press. She now assumes the role as Advertising/Promotions Manager.
Content Coordinator: GraphicNovelReporter.com
John Maher is a reader, writer and Internet user, Pittsburgh-born and New York-raised. He graduated from Skidmore College in 2012, and bounced from one literary internship to the next --- including stints with The Adirondack Review and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency --- before spending a year bookmongering at Barnes & Noble and another writing hyperlocal news on Long Island. He is a devourer of literary fiction, poetry, graphic novels and snarky online thinkpieces, and those in roughly equally-sized portions. Sometimes he writes poems and fiction.
Website Design & Development
Greg Fitzgerald is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He does event photography at author signings, conventions, and parties; In addition to his advertising and promotion tasks at TBRN, he oversees the company's accounting operation. He has worked for The Book Report Network since 2006, though he has been part of the TBRN family -- literally and figuratively -- since 1996. In his free time, Greg enjoys traveling; researching and enjoying lighthouses, ocean liners, and other maritime subjects; and geocaching.
Jennifer Lai graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in studio arts. It was while studying online journalism at Columbia University that she developed her passion for web design. After working in journalism for two years, she decided to make the switch to design. At TBRN, she enjoys creating graphics and websites for the publishing industry, because it combines her love of art and writing.