NEW YORK, July 6—Dana Canedy has been named Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint, effective July 27. Ms. Canedy’s appointment was announced today by Jonathan Karp, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc., whom she succeeds in the position and to whom she will report.
Ms. Canedy has since 2017 been the Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, based at Columbia University, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the prestigious awards program in journalism, letters, and the arts.
Prior to joining the Pulitzers, Ms. Canedy spent 20 years at the New York Times, writing extensively on a broad range of topics including business and finance, race and class, terrorism, politics, law enforcement, and crime. She was a lead writer and editor on the Times series “How Race Is Lived in America,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
“The Simon & Schuster imprint has long been defined by books that explain and capture the spirit of the times, through works of journalism, history, memoir, lifestyle, fiction, or anything else that our editors want to champion, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation of the moment,” said Jonathan Karp. “I am confident that as our new publisher, Dana can deepen our strengths while expanding our field of vision, combining broad editorial expertise with hands-on management skill and the proven ability to effect strategic change.”
Dana Canedy said: “I look forward to leading the storied Simon & Schuster flagship imprint, a publishing powerhouse that has long produced some of the most important and impactful books in our culture. We have an incredible legacy on which to build, and it is an honor for me to join this talented group of editors and publishing professionals as it continues to tell the stories that demand to be told, through the voices of so many of the best authors of our time.”
During her tenure at the Times, Ms. Canedy was also part of the senior management team, leading in areas including talent acquisition, management training, and staff development across media platforms. She also served as special advisor to the Times’ CEO and Executive Editor on strategic planning, change management, and diversity and inclusion practices.
Prior to joining the New York Times, Ms. Canedy was a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Palm Beach Post.
Ms. Canedy is also the author of the 2008 New York Times–bestselling memoir, A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN, about life with her war-hero partner and the journal he left behind for their infant son before he was killed in combat in Iraq, which was published in 10 countries. A screen adaptation of the book is set to begin production this fall, starring Michael B. Jordan and directed by Denzel Washington.
A founding board member of the Digital Diversity Network, Ms. Canedy also serves on the board of Project Morry, a nonprofit youth development organization that supports at-risk students. Ms. Canedy, 55, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She lives in New York City with her son.
Founded in 1924, the Simon & Schuster trade imprint is one of the most venerated brand names in the world of publishing, and is widely known as a powerhouse publisher of general fiction and nonfiction for readers of all tastes. Among the well-known and influential authors who call Simon & Schuster home are distinguished prize-winning historians and biographers Taylor Branch, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Walter Isaacson and David McCullough; journalists Susan Orlean and Bob Woodward; bestselling novelists Nelson DeMille, James Lee Burke, Megan Miranda, and Larry McMurtry (a winner of the Pulitzer Prize); and financial and management expert Ray Dalio. Recent bestselling titles include FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight (winner of the Pulitzer Prize); MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL by Adam Higginbotham (winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal), SALT, FAT, ACID, HEAT by Samin Nosrat, THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton; and forthcoming works by Alex Trebek, Jerry Seinfeld, Halsey, Robert Putnam, and Gucci Mane.
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