About us

Grand Central Life & Style is devoted to publishing the most exciting and authoritative authors and brands in the lifestyle and wellness categories. Ranging from beauty, fashion and home to cooking, diet and fitness to inspiration, self-help, and relationships, Grand Central Life & Style is one of the book industry’s top publishers of practical non-fiction.

Launched in September 2010, Grand Central Life & Style absorbed GCP’s Springboard Press and Wellness Central imprints.



Karen Murgolo
Karen Murgolo
Vice President, Editorial Director

Karen Murgolo is the VP, Editorial Director of Grand Central Life & Style. She’s edited and published lifestyle and nonfiction books throughout her career. Her experience has led to expertise in cookbooks and food narratives, style, self-help, inspiration, and memoir. Among the authors she’s worked with are Gwyneth Paltrow (It's All Good), Mario Batali (America Farm to Table), Daniel Boulud (Daniel: My French Cuisine), Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck Makes it Healthy), Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don’t Get Facelifts), and Bobbi Brown (Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual).

 

Sarah Pelz

Sarah Pelz
Executive Editor

Sarah Pelz is Executive Editor at Grand Central Life & Style. Throughout her career, she’s worked on practical and narrative nonfiction projects, with a particular focus on health, diet, wellness, self-help and relationship books. She’s also interested in style and inspirational books, as well as health and diet cookbooks. She joins Grand Central Publishing from Harlequin Nonfiction, where she helped launch and grow the imprint with New York Times bestselling titles The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin, The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder, Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny, and Your Best Body Now by Tosca Reno. At Grand Central Publishing, she is working with bestselling authors JJ Virgin (The Virgin Diet Cookbook), Rocco DiSpirito (The Pound a Day Diet), and Rachel Zoe (Living in Style).

 

Matthew Ballast

matthew ballast
Executive Director of Publicity

Executive Director of Publicity is a nonfiction book publicity specialist. He has handled campaigns for a wide variety of authors ranging from beauty and style (Charla Krupp, Bobbi Brown, Linda Wells, Rachel Zoe), to celebrity (Charles Grodin, Sharon Osbourne, Kim Cattrall), health and wellness (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rip Esselstyn, Jackie Warner), pop culture brands/icons (Harley-Davidson, PBS, Sinatra Family Estate), literary figures (Dr. Jane Goodall, Vicki Myron), photographers (Sally Mann, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, John Szarkowski, The Ansel Adams Trust) and lifestyle (Barbara Corcoran, Katie Brown, Preston Bailey).

 

Morgan Hedden
Morgan Hedden
Editorial Assistant

Morgan Hedden joined Grand Central Publishing in April 2014. Prior, she has spent the past two-and-a-half years at Bloomsbury Publishing working in managing editorial. Morgan holds a B.A. in English Literary Studies from the University of Delaware. Going forward, she is excited to have the opportunity to be working on a variety of health and fashion titles for the Life & Style imprint, and particularly enjoys a good cookbook.