Gilman Award

Gilman Award

For outstanding service as a sales representative to New England independent bookstores


2018 Gilman Award Winner

Kate Sullivan

Random House Children’s Books

Kate with Carl Hiaasen

Kate has always loved books, and was known to spend way too much time in the local library as a child, she even became a library volunteer during Junior High. Her first paying job with books was at Barnes & Noble in downtown Boston where part of her job was to work with publishers reps on backlist orders and she eventually became one of them as the NE rep for Pocket Books. After a couple of years she moved to Washington, DC to work for Ballantine Books but discovered that the mid-Atlantic states were a little too warm for a northern girl and moved back to New England. Due to some perfect timing (and Chuck Dresner) she became a rep for the Random House Merchandise Division, later renamed Random House Children’s Books, and the rest is history, a 31 year history.

When she’s not selling, reading, merchandising, gift wrapping, driving, baking and selling some more, Kate can be found in a big old house in the country with her many rescue cats, inevitably doing a little more baking, gardening, home improving, and quilting. And always, more reading.


Past Recipients of Saul Gilman Award

For outstanding service as a sales representative to New England independent bookstores

2017 Maureen Karb, Como Sales

2016 Anne DeCourcey, HarperCollins

2015 Biff Donovan, Penguin Children’s

2014 Debra Woodward, Candlewick

2013 Nikki Mutch, Scholastic

2012 Bob Werner, Macmillan

2011 Ann Wachur, Penguin Group

2010 Ellen Pyle, Macmillan

2009 Roger Saginario, Hachette

2008 Tony Giordano, New England Book Sales

2007 Katie McGarry, Simon & Schuster

2006 Peter Redding, Como Sales

2005 Bill Palizzolo, Northeast Publishers Reps

2004 John Muse, Simon & Schuster

2003 Random House New England Sales Force

2002 Nanci McCrackin

2001 Karen Gudmundson, HarperCollins

2000 Marc Seager

1999 Adena Siegel, Harvard/MIT/Yale University

1998 Karl Krueger, Penguin

1997 David Epstein

1996 Horace Coward, University Marketing

1995 Alan Fairbanks, Little Brown

1994 Arnold Nickelsberg, New England Book Sales

1993 Ralph Woodward, Woodward & Consolino

1992 Raymond “Bud” Fairbanks, Random House

1991 Jane Sherrill, St. Martin’s

1990 Hal Wilson