Ms. Canedy and Jonathan Karp, managing director of Simon & Schuster, supported the acquisition of Mr. Pence’s book as a crucial account of the Trump presidency and argued that publishers should acquire books from all political backgrounds. Ms Canedy said she would continue to work on titles for Mr Pence, Mr Robinson and Ms Dunbar.
His departure comes at a tumultuous time for Simon & Schuster. In the fall of 2020, Simon & Schuster’s parent company, ViacomCBS, reached an agreement to sell it to another publishing company, Penguin Random House, but the acquisition has come under intense regulatory scrutiny. and is being challenged in an antitrust lawsuit by the Department of Justice. . If it materializes, Simon & Schuster will be absorbed by a much larger rival and could lose some of its autonomy; if the Justice Department blocks the deal, the company faces even greater uncertainty.
A spokesperson for Simon & Schuster said Mr Karp, who was previously publisher of Simon & Schuster before becoming chief executive, will ‘return to being publisher for the foreseeable future’ while continuing his work at the head of the company.
Ms Canedy’s memoir, ‘A Journal for Jordan’, was adapted into a film directed by Denzel Washington and released last year. Simon & Schuster said it had acquired the rights to its next book and planned to publish it in 2024. It described the book, tentatively titled “A Journey With Jordan”, as a collection of personal essays about resilience and recovery from joy after loss.
Making a film about her life was a profound experience, she said.
“I can’t even describe what it is,” she said. “Everything from the re-enactment of the memorial in Arlington Cemetery, to having real soldiers show up and watch this and cry, to my son learning more about his father through the film, to having to relive my love story all over again.”
She is constantly asked, she says, how she was able to overcome her loss.
“I feel compelled to write this,” she said.