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Julie Merberg
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Sarah Parvis
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Sara DiSalvo
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PRESIDENT Julie Merberg began her publishing career as an editor doing stints at Simon & Schuster, Ballantine, and Perigee before trying her hand at packaging. At Roundtable Press, Inc., where she was a partner for seven years, she developed successful publishing programs for brands as diverse as gURL.com and Parents magazine, as well as authoring a series of children’s books for Chronicle, and conceiving and packaging topical titles with expert authors. Julie founded Downtown Bookworks Inc. in February, 2005 so that she could create books for other busy women and their families. As a mother of four boys, Julie is also committed to producing books that will thoroughly engage and entertain children while teaching them a thing or two. She lives four blocks from the office with her husband and kids and runs laps around the neighborhood when shes not at her desk.

SENIOR EDITOR Working on infotainment titles such as the annual TIME for Kids Almanac has made history buff Sarah Parvis the go-to gal when it comes to all things trivia. She is also Downtown Bookworks’ resident puzzlemaster, having worked on hundreds of picture puzzles for LIFE magazine, TIME for Kids, and Sports Illustrated Kids. Before joining Downtown Bookworks, Sarah Parvis had a bustling freelance career as a writer, researcher, and photo editor (skills that have come in very handy!). She has written Ghost Towns, Haunted Hotels, Creepy Castles, The Quotable Feast, Good Girls Finish Last, and The Kennedy Mystique, and handled the photo research for projects ranging from science to Stetson hats to America’s First Ladies.