Berger to retire from S&S US

Marcella Berger is retiring from Simon & Schuster US from her position as vice president, director of subsidiary rights, after 35 years with the publisher.

Among the titles and authors Berger sold rights to are journalist Bob Woodward's books from The Final Days onwards, Good as Gold by Joseph Heller, Chronicles by Bob Dylan, Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Living History by Hilary Clinton and Contact by Carl Sagan.

Berger will attend October's Frankfurt Book Fair, where S&S will hold a special reception in recognition of her work. She will step down at the end of the year.

In a joint statement, Louise Burke, Gallery Books publisher, Stacey Creamer, Touchstone Fireside publisher and Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster publisher, said: "It is evident to anyone who has ever spoken to Marcella how much she values those friendships, and we hope you will join us in taking this opportunity to express how much we all value Marcella, and how grateful we are for all she has done for our authors and Simon & Schuster, Touchstone and Threshold through the years."