Dana Canedy is Simon and Schuster’s First Black Executive to Become its Top Publisher

0 Posted by - July 9, 2020 - Black History

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Bebeto Matthews/AP

A renowned author, Pulitzer Prize administrator, and writer who worked for the New York Times has finally earned her rightful place in the history of Black America and the world.

According to National Public Radio, Dana Canedy (pictured) is the first-ever Black American to become both an administrator and publisher for Simon and Schuster, one of the largest publishing houses on Earth. The major literature firm just released an announcement on its website, which heralded Canedy’s years of valuable experience and great dedication to the industry.

“The Simon & Schuster imprint has long been defined by books that explain and capture the spirit of the times, through works of journalism, history, memoir, lifestyle, fiction, or anything else that our editors want to champion, reflecting and shaping the cultural conversation of the moment,” said Jonathan Karp, the Chief Executive Officer of Simon and Schuster.

“I am confident that as our new publisher, Dana can deepen our strengths while expanding our field of vision, combining broad editorial expertise with hands-on management skill and the proven ability to effect strategic change,” Mr. Karp added.

Also in the glorious announcement made on Simon and Schuster’s website, an enthusiastic statement of Canedy’s was quoted, which expressed her gratefulness and desire to fulfill what for her has been the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I look forward to leading the storied Simon & Schuster flagship imprint, a publishing powerhouse that has long produced some of the most important and impactful books in our culture,” Canedy said.

“We have an incredible legacy on which to build, and it is an honor for me to join this talented group of editors and publishing professionals as it continues to tell the stories that demand to be told, through the voices of so many of the best authors of our time,” Canedy continued.

This is not the first time that Canedy was crowned as an illustrious trailblazer in the amazing realm of Black America’s history. The literature maven won the Pulitzer Prize herself in 2001. But in 2017, she became the youngest person, first woman, and first Black American ever to lead the administration of the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University.

May the Lord be with the incomparable Dana Canedy as she begins her astounding new American journey!

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