David Rosenthal to Head Penguin Imprint

Former Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal, who left the job abruptly this past June, will head up a new imprint at Penguin Group USA, The New York Times reports.

In his time at Simon & Schuster, he was known as witty personality who wasn’t afraid of reporters. In his time there he published Bob Woodward, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Hunter S. Thompson, among others.

In his new position, he will serve as president and publisher.

“I’m going to make lots of trouble,” Mr. Rosenthal told The Times. “They’re going to let me go after the kind of — I wouldn’t say quirky — but the peculiar stuff that I sometimes like. What they want very much is for me to be able to indulge my passions, indulge my taste.”

This may be a dangerous thing, coming from the guy who once hired a Judge Ito look-alike to give out copies of Henry Beard’s book about the O.J. trial at the courthouse — out of a Ford Bronco, no less. For more on Mr. Rosenthal, check out our coverage of his replacement at Simon & Schuster.

David Rosenthal to Head Penguin Imprint