“Two years ago, Michael showed up on our doorstep,” said Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates of his star writer Michael Hastings. The viability of the profile Mr. Hastings had pitched, Mr. Bates said speaking in retrospect, “really depends on what kind of access you can get.”The audience erupted in laughter.
A crowd was Read More
Sarah Hochman, senior editor at David Rosenthal’s still-new Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press, has acquired a memoir by Damien Echols. Mr. Echols was one of the “West Memphis Three,” who were wrongfully convicted for the 1993 murders of three children in West Memphis, Ark. and released from prison this past August. Mr. Echols was in Read More
Rolling Stone writer Michael Hastings suffered an embarrassment over the summer when Little, Brown rejected his manuscript for The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Mr. Hastings is not a client of Andrew Wiley’s for nothing, however, and his agent has come to his rescue, moving the book to David Rosenthal’s Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press for publication in January 2012.
Talking to David Rosenthal on the phone is stressful. He makes you want to be completely on top of your game, to fluently match him in hilarious one-liners and to project total confidence. You really want him to think you’re cool. After a while you accept that he’s just always going to make the last Read More
The critic and memoirist Daniel Mendelsohn is writing a book about Greek literature for Simon & Schuster. Mr. Mendelsohn published his last major work of nonfiction, The Lost, with the flagship imprint of HarperCollins, but was apparently unsatisfied with the offer that his editor there, Tim Duggan, made on the new book based on the Read More
What a terrible thing it is to have one’s cynicism validated. From this Sunday’s Style section piece on Lauren “Devil Wears Prada” Weisberger:
“It’s a fairy tale come true, ain’t it?” said David Rosenthal, the publisher of Simon & Schuster, which published her second book last month. “And she’s got great legs. What Read More
This week, Everyone Worth Knowing, the second novel by Lauren Weisberger—she of best-selling The Devil Wears Prada fame—arrives in bookstores, the latest offering from the gods of chick-lit.
Ms. Weisberger’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, paid over a million dollars at auction for Everyone Worth Knowing—a staggering sum for a novel. The house felt so strongly Read More
Not long ago, a rabbi’s son from New Jersey named David Rosenthal was one of the hottest writers in television. He made millions of dollars and played a key role in the success of sitcoms like Ellen and Spin City . He was young, funny and smart, and important people like Jeffrey Katzenberg loved his Read More
It’s not every day that the publisher of All the President’s Men takes a back seat to a Great America theme park, but Sept. 7 was such a day for Simon & Schuster. That was when New Yorkers found a new media superpower, spawned by Viacom Inc. and the CBS Corporation and wriggling into the Read More