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WHAT IS ZANDO?

Founded by acclaimed publishing executive Molly Stern, Zando is an independent publisher that offers a new model to connect inspiring authors to the audiences they deserve—and helps readers find new books to love. We work with a select group of beloved public figures, platforms and institutions, publishing a carefully chosen slate of books that reflect those partners’ authentic passions and interests. The goal: Sparking meaningful cultural conversations, reaching a devoted new audience of readers ... and upending the bestseller list.

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Who is Zando?

Molly Stern

Zando’s founder and leader is Molly Stern. Stern previously led Penguin Random House’s Crown as SVP & Publisher. At Crown, she launched Hogarth, a literary imprint conceived in collaboration with Chatto in the UK which launched the bestselling, prize-winning work of Sally Rooney, Anthony Marra, Han Kang, and Herman Koch in the US. In partnership with actor and entrepreneur Sarah Jessica Parker, Stern launched the SJP for Hogarth imprint. Over the course of her career, Stern has published numerous literary prize-winners, including winners of the Pulitzer in fiction and non-fiction, as well as genre-defining bestsellers such as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One, and Andy Weir’s The Martian. She was also the editor of Michelle Obama’s Becoming, the best-selling memoir of all time.

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Alexander Czik

Alexander Czik oversees operations and growth at Zando. Alex first met Molly Stern at Crown Publishing Group, where Alex led metadata, pricing, and promotion initiatives. He has since received an MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on finance and media, and worked on strategy and M&A at Macmillan/Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

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Sister

Zando is backed by an independent studio that shares its values: SISTER, which was founded in 2019 by Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider, and Jane Featherstone to support visionary storytelling.

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