Posted by: Kathy Temean | November 2, 2009

Getting to Know Mary Kate Castellani – Walker BFYR

mary kateOn October 25th, Mary Kate joined us in Princeton for our Mentoring Workshop.  It was the first New Jersey event she has participated in and she added a great deal to the day.  I thought you might be interested in finding out a little about her.

Mary Kate Castellani, Associate Editor, Walker BFYR

Bio: Mary Kate Castellani, associate editor, has been with Walker Books for Young readers for just over two years, starting out as an editorial assistant. Mary Kate acquires books for all age levels, and especially likes quirky, kooky picture books that celebrate personality, and middle-grade fiction with a light-hearted, honest approach like her current middle-grade project The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She is also looking to find new YA voices for the Walker list, especially ones that have a more literary feel, but also likes issue-driven stories, such as her upcoming project Dirty Little Secrets, a story that explores the effects of compulsive hoarding on a family. Her acquisitions wish list also includes historical fiction with a strong hook, coming of age stories handled with humor, and explorations of spiritual or cultural identity. Before coming to Walker, Mary Kate worked as an assistant to a literary agent.


  1. Oh, I loved her! Bright, funny, and her comments were right-on! I hope she joins us for more events. Good call, Kathy!


  2. Yes, she was a nice addition to the day.


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