Jonathan Karp Named Executive Vice President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster
Prior to founding Twelve, Mr. Karp was Editor in Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and worked for sixteen years. At Random House, Mr. Karp acquired and edited an eclectic and diverse list of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles including SEABISCUIT by Laura Hillenbrand, SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson, WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? by Po Bronson, FAITH OF MY FATHERS by John McCain and Mark Salter, FRANKLIN AND WINSTON by Jon Meacham, THE ORCHID THIEF by Susan Orlean, THE LAST DON by Mario Puzo and THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl.
“My shelves at home are lined with books from Simon & Schuster, many of which I devoured with fascination and admiration, and so I am deeply honored for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the many ingenious publishers who have held this position,” said Jonathan Karp. “For decades, Simon & Schuster has defined and advanced the national conversation and made important contributions to America’s culture and literary excellence. I’m looking forward to continuing that tradition and in working together with colleagues and authors during this exciting transformational time in the publishing industry.”
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 Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Taylor Branch, Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough; journalist Bob Woodward; bestselling novelists Sandra Brown, James Lee Burke, Mary Higgins Clark, Jeffery Deaver, Richard Paul Evans, Larry McMurtry (also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize) and Martin Cruz Smith; lifestyle superstar Paula Deen; financial expert and television personality James J. Cramer; health and fitness expert Bob Greene; and humorist A.J. Jacobs. Recent bestselling titles include THE PROMISE by Jonathan Alter, THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE by Mary Higgins Clark and LITTLE BEE by Chris Cleave.