Literary agent Eric Simonoff, of William Morris Endeavor, engages top publishers and editors in a discussion about the dramatic transformations of one of New York’s oldest creative industries. Participants include Jonathan Karp, president of Simon & Schuster; Molly Stern, publisher of Crown Publishing and Broadway Books; and Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown & Company.
Before becoming president of Simon & Schuster, Jonathan Karp was editor-in-chief of Random House, where he began his career in 1989. Among the books he has acquired and edited are Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand; The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean; In One Person by John Irving; Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley; and Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham. He has also overseen the publication of such bestsellers as Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Obama's Wars by Bob Woodward, The Greater Journey by David McCullough and The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark. Molly Stern oversees both the hardcover and paperback trade fiction and nonfiction publishing programs at Crown Publishers. Before joining Crown, in 2010, Stern worked at Viking for fifteen years, editing a range of critically acclaimed authors including Jasper Fforde, Geraldine Brooks, Garrison Keillor, David Benioff, and Sue Monk Kidd. Reagan Arthur, before becoming publisher at Little, Brown, was editorial director of Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown. She began her career at St. Martin’s Press. Writers she has worked with include Kate Atkinson, Kate Braestrup, Tony Earley, Joshua Ferris, Elin Hilderbrand, Elizabeth Kostova, Denise Mina, George Pelecanos, Josh Bazell, Kathleen Kent, and Joanna Scott. Eric Simonoff began his career in 1989 as an editorial assistant at W. W. Norton. In 1991 he moved to Janklow & Nesbit Associates as a junior literary agent and became a director of the firm in 2007. Two years later he departed for William Morris Endeavor, where his clients include Pulitzer Prize-winners Edward P. Jones, Jhumpa Lahiri, Stacy Schiff, and many other critically and commercially acclaimed authors from Jonathan Lethem to Bill O’Reilly.
This program is part of the yearlong initiative Cultural Capital: The Promise and Price of New York’s Creative Economy, produced by GC Public Programs in collaboration with the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC). For more information and the full schedule, CLICK HERE.