Jonathan Karp has been picked as the new publisher of the Simon & Schuster trade imprint, replacing David Rosenthal.
UPDATE: Simon & Schuster, Inc. CEO Carolyn Reidy has confirmed the news. Her statement: “At every stage of his career [Karp] has shown a true gift for finding and making bestsellers of quality. Having competed against him to acquire books in which we were keenly interested, and then watching as he published them with great flair, I’m delighted that he will now bring his abundant editorial and publishing skills to the Simon & Schuster imprint.”
Karp (pictured, via) currently serves as publisher at Hachette’s Twelve imprint. Reidy also praised Karp’s predecessor: “For nearly 13 years David has led our eponymous imprint, furthering its storied history and tradition of excellence by publishing hundreds of bestsellers and countless critically acclaimed, award-winning books … A truly original thinker, he brought a wealth of creative and inspired ideas to the entire publishing process.”
The Simon & Schuster imprint has published some major books, with authors that include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Larry McMurtry, Mary Higgins Clark, and Bob Dylan. Last year GalleyCat reported on Karp’s remarks at a Publishers Advertising and Marketing Association luncheon. Moby Lives has some helpful context to the news.