Simon & Schuster has reached out beyond the ranks of traditional publishing to find a successor to Jonathan Karp as publisher of the S&S trade imprint, a role Karp relinquished when he was named CEO of the company earlier this yar. Dana Canedy, who has been the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes since 2017, has been named senior v-p and publisher of the S&S imprint, effective July 27. She will report to Karp.
Prior to joining the Pulitzers, Canedy worked at the New York Times, covering, S&S said, a broad range of topics, including business and finance, race and class, terrorism, politics, law enforcement, and crime. She was also a lead writer and editor on the Times series “How Race Is Lived in America,” which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
In addition to her editorial background, Canedy was part of the Times’s senior management team and was involved in such areas as hiring, 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.
Karp said Canedy’s experience will be a welcomed addition to S&S. “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,” he said.
For her part, 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.”