Karin DeHaven, publicist for IVP Academic, was named a PW Star Watch honoree. DeHaven is one of forty-one honorees selected for the 2022 awards, which identify and celebrate innovators in book publishing. The group of honorees includes representatives from the Big Five publishers, independent houses, comics publishers, literary agents, booksellers, and others who influence books that get read.
As the publicist for IVP Academic, DeHaven works to secure book reviews and author interviews online and in magazines and journals. DeHaven has been at IVP for seven years and carries a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the theological academy to her work. She holds an MA from Wheaton College and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.
“Having worked with Karin for more than five years, I have come to appreciate her attention to detail and her knowledge of academia and the publishing industry,” said Krista Clayton, associate director for publicity at IVP. “Through her experience at IVP, and because of her eagerness to learn, she has gained a detailed understanding of the overall publishing process at IVP, which informs her role and the overall work of the publicity team. Amazingly, in addition to working full time, she has managed to juggle master’s classes and earn a degree from Fuller.”
From among the forty-one honorees, five finalists will be announced on October 26, 2022, and one “Superstar” will be revealed at the in-person celebratory reception on November 15, 2022, to be held in New York. Publishers Weekly magazine will feature a profile of the honorees in its October 31, 2022, issue.
Nearly two hundred nominations were vetted by the PW Star Watch jury, with attention paid to the standouts of the publishing world. Last year’s Superstars were Madison, Wisconsin, booksellers Gretchen Treu and Wes Lukes, co-owners of A Room of One’s Own.
Krista Rafanello, senior marketing director for Publishers Weekly, said, “Continuing the PW Star Watch tradition is an honor in itself, and knowing we’ll be coming together in person to celebrate the entire pool of honorees makes it even sweeter.”
PW Star Watch was founded in 2015 by Publishers Weekly, originally in partnership with Frankfurter Buchmesse; Publishers Weekly is now the sole sponsor and manager of the awards. PW Star Watch honors innovative and inspired “rising stars” of the US and Canadian publishing communities.
Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of the book publishing industry. Founded in 1872 and published weekly since then, the magazine boasts 1.23 million social media followers; publishes ten e-newsletters, BookLife (a website and weekly supplement), two blogs, a mobile edition, digital editions, apps, and podcasts; and features a thriving website that reaches 14 million unique visitors annually.