Nicole Winstanley Named President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada

NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 27—Simon & Schuster, a global leader in general interest publishing, today named Nicole Winstanley President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Canada. The news was announced by Simon & Schuster President & CEO Jonathan Karp, to whom she will report. Ms. Winstanley will also serve as a member of Simon & Schuster’s Executive Committee.

Ms. Winstanley comes to Simon & Schuster from Penguin Random House Canada, where she was most recently Publisher of Penguin Canada and Vice President of Penguin Random House Canada.

“Nicole Winstanley is one of the most highly regarded publishers at work in Canada,” said Jonathan Karp. “Nicole’s reputation for excellence, her commitment to authors, and her keen editorial eye will help us become an even greater force throughout Canada and all of the territories in which we publish. We are thrilled to be welcoming Nicole to our executive leadership team and committed to her vision of publishing an even broader range of books in Canada – works of great popular interest and high literary quality.”

During her time at Penguin, Ms. Winstanley published a strong list of Canadian books and authors, including Run Towards the Danger by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Sarah Polley, Bunny by Amazon Canada First Novel Award winner Mona Awad, The Strangers by the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner katherena vermette, The Maid, the unstoppable international bestseller by Nita Prose, “Good Morning America” pick The Push by Ashley Audrain, Two Trees Make a Forest by Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction winner Jessica J. Lee, and numerous works by bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay. She also acquired and published internationally celebrated talents, including Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, NoViolet Bulawayo, Sarah Winman, Helen Oyeyemi, Stieg Larsson, Deborah Levy, John le Carré, Aleksandar Hemon, and Ali Smith.

“I’m very excited to be joining Simon & Schuster Canada,” said Ms. Winstanley. “I have been enormously impressed with their significant impact on the Canadian publishing landscape in a relatively short period of time. I look forward to building on that success and to working closely with Jon Karp, whom I have long admired, and the rest of the Simon & Schuster team.

“I feel fortunate to have worked with some of the most outstanding editorial talents during my time at Penguin Canada, and I will always be grateful for all they taught me and the books we published together, which I will continue to cherish and celebrate.”

Jonathan Karp added: “Simon & Schuster Canada plays a vital role in both our North American publishing strategy and as a member of our international family of companies. Our Canadian colleagues are an outstanding group of publishing professionals who have achieved considerable success in their marketplace for both Canadian-originated titles and books from their fellow Simon & Schuster companies. We can look forward to seeing them build on that success under Nicole’s leadership.”

Ms. Winstanley first joined Penguin Canada in 2006 as a Senior Editor and was made Publisher in 2010 and President and Publisher in 2012. She was named Vice President of Penguin Random House Canada in 2015. Prior to joining Penguin Canada, she served as Director of International Rights at Westwood Creative Artists Literary Agency.

Ms. Winstanley’s first day in the Simon & Schuster Canada offices will be on April 11. A graduate of The University of Western Ontario, and Toronto Metropolitan University, she lives in Toronto.

Adam Rothberg
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications

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