NEW YORK November 22, 2006 - New York University’s Master of Science in Publishing program is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2006-2007 Oscar Dystel Fellowship are Kathryn Walton, the primary Dystel Fellow, and Adam Latham, both graduate students in the program.

The Dystel Fellowship, named for Oscar Dystel, a legendary leader in the book publishing industry and former CEO and chairman of Bantam Books, consists of tuition scholarships awarded each year to outstanding graduate students in publishing. Members of the award committee, all distinguished professionals in the publishing community, serve as mentors to the Dystel Fellows, providing unique learning and networking opportunities.

“We are proud to award this year’s Dystel Fellowship to Kathryn and Adam, who have outstanding academic records and deep commitments to careers in publishing. They exemplify not only the next generation of industry leaders but also the high caliber and academic prowess of students within the program,” said Andrea Chambers, director of the Master of Science in Publishing program, which is one of 14 specialized Master’s degree programs offered at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Oscar Dystel’s daughter Jane Dystel, longstanding literary agent and president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, chairs the Fellowship Committee. “Kathryn and Adam are gifted and talented individuals who promise to bring new energy and ideas to publishing. I am sure that they will take what they learn in the program and do great things in the industry,” said Ms. Dystel.

The Oscar Dystel committee consists of Irwyn Applebaum, president and publisher, Bantam Dell Publishing Group; Jane Friedman, president and chief executive officer, HarperCollins Publishers; Martha Levin, executive vice president and publisher, Free Press, Simon & Schuster, Inc.; Robert Miller, president and chief executive officer, Hyperion Books; Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief, Publisher’s Weekly; Jack Romanos, president and chief executive officer, Simon & Schuster, Inc.; Stephen Rubin, president and publisher, Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group, Random House, Inc.; Lorraine Shanley, principal, Market Partners International, Inc.; William Shinker, president and publisher, Gotham Books, Penguin Group USA.

The primary Dystel Fellow, Kathryn Walton, is the assistant manager of Web Sales and Marketing at Oxford University Press. She began at Oxford as an Ecommerce merchandising associate and was promoted a year later to her current role. Before joining Oxford, Kathryn worked at Bookspan as a site administrator and editorial assistant. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon, Eugene.

Adam Latham is an associate at Market Partners International and an intern at Folio Literary Management. He was an acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing. Adam graduated from The University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

The Master of Science in Publishing program at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a graduate degree designed to prepare industry professionals for senior management positions in both book and magazine companies. From traditional to new media, the program provides the knowledge and expertise for success in an era of media convergence. Classes, taught by leading publishing professionals, are all in the evening and emphasize the cutting-edge content management, editing, marketing and branding, circulation and distribution, advertising, business development and digital skills needed to advance and excel. For more information, please visit

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies ( is among the 14 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private universities in the United States. Founded in 1934, NYU SCPS each year educates some 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students and enrolls over 44,000 in its non-credit programs. A national leader in adult and professionally-oriented education, NYU SCPS programs include non-credit courses that span more than 125 fields, 14 industry-focused Master’s degree programs, and nine Bachelor’s and six Associates degree programs specially designed for working adults.

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