Publisher Simon & Schuster steps down to work on a book

NEW YORK (AP) — Publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint, Dana Canedy, is stepping down to focus on a sequel to a book that Denzel Washington adapted last year for a movie of the same name, “A Journal for Jordan”.

Canedy, a former New York Times editor and writer and the first black woman to be hired as editor of Simon & Schuster, will step down on July 27. Her next book has been acquired by Simon & Schuster and she will continue there as an advisor and work on some projects she has brought to the company, including the memoir of former Vice President Mike Pence.

Its sequel to the currently untitled “A Journal for Jordan” is slated for release in 2024. “A Journal for Jordan” is the story of Canedy’s late partner, First Sgt. Charles M. King, and the diary he wrote for their son while serving in the Iraq War. King was killed in action in 2006.

The film was directed by Washington and starred Michael B. Jordan as King and Chanté Adams as Canedy.

“I am pleased to continue to be part of the Simon & Schuster family, working with the team to bring books by these important authors to readers,” Canedy said in a statement Tuesday. “I didn’t really expect the profound impact our film would have on me. And after the overwhelming response, prompting daily requests for a follow-up to my first book, I concluded that the time had come to write sequel to “A Journal for Jordan”.

Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp, who announced Canedy’s departure in a memo, will serve as the imprint’s editor “for the foreseeable future.” He previously held the position before succeeding the late Carolyn Reidy in 2020 as CEO.

“Over the past two years, Dana Canedy has enhanced and strengthened the Simon & Schuster footprint in countless ways: by attracting incredibly talented authors and editors; by giving us a fresh look at our practices through her eyes as an award-winning journalist and best-selling author; and bringing vitality, voice and humanity to Simon & Schuster, as I knew she would,” Karp said in a statement.

“Knowing the great team Dana has built and nurtured, I look forward to working more directly and deeply on the many outstanding books we publish.