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Andy Hughes, Altie Karper to Retire from PRH

Andy Hughes and Altie Karper, two prominent figures in the publishing industry, are set to retire from PRH in December. Hughes, who has had a remarkable 44-year career, is the senior VP and director of production and design at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Over the years, he has been instrumental in bringing numerous bestselling books to life and has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to bookmaking. Karper, on the other hand, has worked as the managing editor for Pantheon and Schocken, as well as the editorial director of Schocken for 23 years. With 17 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists under her leadership, Karper has left an indelible mark on the publishing world. Both Hughes and Karper will be greatly missed, but their legacies will continue to shape the industry.

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Retirement Announced

Andy Hughes and Altie Karper to retire from PRH

PRH, one of the largest publishing houses in the world, has announced the retirement of two of its esteemed employees, Andy Hughes and Altie Karper. With a combined total of over 60 years of experience at PRH, their retirements mark the end of an era in the publishing industry.

Career Background

Andy Hughes’ 44-year career at PRH and Random House Audio

Andy Hughes, the senior vice president and director of production and design at the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, has had an impressive career spanning 44 years at PRH. In addition to his role at Knopf, Hughes also held the position of vice president of manufacturing for Random House Audio for 15 years. Throughout his career, Hughes has been known for his dedication to elevating bookmaking to an artform and bringing thousands of beautiful objects to life.

Altie Karper’s career at PRH since 1989

Altie Karper, the managing editor for Pantheon and Schocken and editorial director of Schocken, began her career at PRH in 1989. Under the guidance of André Schiffrin, Karper started as the managing editor of Pantheon and Schocken and eventually became the editorial director of Schocken. Over the years, Karper worked with renowned authors such as Noam Chomsky, Marguerite Duras, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, Studs Terkel, Elie Wiesel, and Charles Yu.

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Andy Hughes’ Achievements

Elevating bookmaking to an artform

One of Andy Hughes’ major achievements throughout his career has been his dedication to elevating bookmaking to an artform. Through his expertise in production and design, Hughes has brought thousands of beautiful books to life, captivating readers with their aesthetic appeal.

Working on notable projects

During his time at PRH, Hughes had the opportunity to work on several notable projects that have left a lasting impact on the literary world. He was involved in the production of all four volumes of Robert A. Caro’s The Years of Lyndon Johnson, President Bill Clinton’s My Life, and several books by Art Spiegelman. These projects have not only garnered critical acclaim but have also become beloved works of literature.

Winning awards for producing books

Hughes’ commitment to excellence in book production has been recognized through numerous awards. He has received accolades for producing books by acclaimed authors such as Chris Ware, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Art Spiegelman. The Book Industry Guild of New York awarded Hughes first place at the New York Book Show three times for his work on Building Stories by Chris Ware, The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski, and MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman.

Altie Karper’s Accomplishments

Working with esteemed authors

Altie Karper has had the opportunity to work with some of the most esteemed authors in the literary world. Her collaborations include authors such as Noam Chomsky, Marguerite Duras, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, Studs Terkel, Elie Wiesel, and Charles Yu. Through her editorial expertise and guidance, Karper has contributed to the success and recognition of these authors.

Leading Schocken imprint to success

As the editorial director of Schocken for 23 years, Karper played a key role in the imprint’s success. Under her leadership, Schocken has celebrated 17 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists. Karper’s passion for Jewish literature and commitment to publishing impactful books have made Schocken a prominent name in the publishing industry.

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Working Relationship

Andy Hughes and Altie Karper as colleagues and close friends

Throughout their extensive careers at PRH, Andy Hughes and Altie Karper not only worked together but also developed a close friendship. Their camaraderie and shared passion for producing quality books have made them an influential duo in the publishing industry.

Spending Sundays together at the office

To further strengthen their bond, Hughes and Karper made it a tradition to spend Sundays together at the office. Regardless of their differing observances (with Karper observing Shabbat and Hughes working on Sundays), they found solace and comfort in each other’s presence. Their dedication and commitment to their work were truly unparalleled.

Statements from Colleagues

Maya Mavjee, president and publisher of KDPG, praising Hughes’ contributions

Maya Mavjee, the president and publisher of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, spoke highly of Andy Hughes and his contributions to PRH. In a memo to employees, Mavjee expressed her appreciation for Hughes’ dedication, stating that he has elevated bookmaking into an artform and brought thousands of beautiful books to life.

Erroll McDonald, vice president and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf, expressing his relationship with Karper

Erroll McDonald, vice president and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf, shared his thoughts on his relationship with Altie Karper. In a heartfelt statement, McDonald described Karper as both an annoyance and a comfort, emphasizing the depth of their friendship and the impact Karper has had on his life.

Search for Successor

Search for an editorial director to replace Karper at Schocken already underway

With Altie Karper’s retirement, PRH has initiated a search for a successor to fill the role of editorial director at Schocken. This highlights the importance and impact of Karper’s work at Schocken, as finding the right individual to continue her legacy is crucial.

Vimi Santokhi joining Pantheon/Schocken as managing editor

As part of the transition process, Vimi Santokhi will be joining Pantheon/Schocken as the managing editor. Santokhi’s experience and expertise will be instrumental in maintaining the success of Pantheon and Schocken imprints.

Industry Recognition

Recognition of their retirement within the publishing industry

The retirements of Andy Hughes and Altie Karper have not gone unnoticed within the publishing industry. Their extensive careers and contributions have made a lasting impact on the industry as a whole. Colleagues and industry professionals have expressed their gratitude for their work, recognizing their influence on the literary world.

Impact of their work on the industry

The retirements of Hughes and Karper signify the end of an era in the publishing industry. Their dedication to quality bookmaking and their collaborations with renowned authors have raised the bar in terms of production and editorial excellence. Their work has left an indelible mark on the industry, setting a standard that future generations will strive to uphold.

Future Plans

What Hughes and Karper plan to do in retirement

As Hughes and Karper embark on their well-deserved retirement, they have shared their plans for the future. While each has their individual aspirations, it is clear that their passion for the literary world will continue to be a driving force in their lives. Their retirements mark the beginning of a new chapter, filled with opportunities for exploration and personal growth.

Conclusion

Closing thoughts on the retirements of Andy Hughes and Altie Karper

The retirements of Andy Hughes and Altie Karper represent the end of an era in the publishing industry. Their impressive careers, numerous achievements, and dedication to their craft have made them influential figures in the world of literature. As they step into retirement, their contributions will not be forgotten, and their impact will continue to resonate within the industry for years to come.

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