By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
‘An Amazing 100 Years of Publishing’Turning 100 this year—and entering its next century with a new board as an independent publisher—the Big Five house Simon & Shuster has today (January 31) pointed the news media to a page designed to highlight the “Simon & Schuster 100,” a selection of 100 of the books published by the company between the 1920s and now.
The main landing page for the company’s centenary content is here and it includes a video which we’ll embed below for you.
This special curation of high-profile titles from the house’s lists has been created by a group of S&S staffers and their work will easily have its desired impact on regular readers, covers from profoundly influential authors arrayed. There’s a section from the 1920s and 1930s, a second section from the 1940s and 1950s, and then a decade-by-decade display, arriving in a tumble of important literature and nonfiction from across a century of creativity and productivity in the world marketplace.
Karp: ‘There Is Much To Be Joyful For’
The first title from the house reportedly was The Cross Word Puzzle Book by Prosper Buranelli, F. Gregory Hartswick, and Margaret Petherbridge. It was released on April 10, 1924. It was, the house reports, “a runaway success capitalizing on the puzzle craze of the time.” Now in another era of great puzzlements, the house is known in part for its leadership in important political nonfiction, perhaps another “craze of the time.”
Marking today as the opening of its centenary observances, Simon & Schuster is pointing out that its books are being published “in more than 100 countries and territories around the world. Today, Simon & Schuster is the largest independent trade publisher of general interest books for adults and children.”
Jonathan Karp, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, says today, “For 100 years, Simon & Schuster has brought the works of thousands of authors to millions upon millions of readers worldwide. Books of every kind, for every taste.
“Our founders Dick Simon and Max Schuster and their successors, have bequeathed us a legacy of entrepreneurial publishing that we are honored to carry on today.
“There is much to be joyful for, both in celebrating our long and glorious history, and taking from it inspiration that still today informs our efforts in service of our authors and their books.”
An illustrated book by Julianna Haubner, Simon & Schuster: A Century of Publishing, is said to be in the works as an historical account of the company’s history “from its humble beginnings as a one-room, two-person operation to the cultural and commercial force that it is today.”
An April 8 Event in New York City
A public-facing event at New York City’s Town Hall on April 8 is expected to present more than 30 Simon & Schuster authors in a program called, “Author! Author! A Simon & Schuster Centennial Celebration” and tickets are available now via Ticketmaster for both in-person and streaming attendance.
Twenty percent of proceeds from ticket sales for that event are to go to Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
Authors scheduled to appear at the event in April include Fredrik Backman, Judy Blume, Sandra Boynton, Jack Carr, Ray Dalio, Laura Dave, Anthony Doerr, Angela Duckworth, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Jennifer Egan, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Sanjay Gupta, Zakiya Dalila Harris, Rupert Holmes, John Irving, Walter Isaacson, William Kent Krueger, Christina Lauren, Kiese Laymon, Michele Norris, Susan Orlean, Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Serle, Safiya Sinclair, Brad Thor, Colm Tóibín, Jeannette Walls, Jesmyn Ward, Ruth Ware, Bob Woodward.
And here is the video released with the new Simon & Schuster 100 package of centenary content:
A Programming Note
At 10:30 a.m. GMT on March 12, London Book Fair’s opening day, Publishing Perspectives will be in conversation with Jonathan Karp, CEO of the newly independent Simon & Schuster as he looks at the issues, challenges, and strengths of world publishing.
In such a pivotal season for such a prominent house entering its newly reconfigured stance with its first board of directors, the company, with its extensive international operations that include Simon & Schuster UK, is singularly positioned for a new era. Karp’s insights, candor, and focus will inform some of the most important commentary of this year’s fair.