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Carolyn Reidy
2018 PEN America Publisher Honoree

At the 2018 Literary Gala,  Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc., will be recognized as the annual ceremony’s Publisher Honoree.

Reidy marked 10 years as CEO of Simon & Schuster, Inc., in January 2018. Under her leadership, Simon & Schuster has published many acclaimed and award-winning works of lasting cultural significance, has greatly expanded its publishing activities in international territories, and has been an industry leader in finding new audiences through digital capabilities. Reidy’s commitment to diversity at Simon & Schuster has led the company to make substantial progress in creating a more diverse workforce and to publish a wider range of voices that is more truly reflective of our larger culture today. Reidy also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Association of American Publishers and the National Book Foundation, and, as a former long-serving board member of Literacy Partners, has provided vital support to literacy programs to engender a new generation of readers and writers.

“The only woman among the top ranks of publishing CEOs, Carolyn Reidy is an icon for a generation of women in the publishing industry, known for her passion, professionalism, forcefulness, and business acumen. Her singular focus on keeping books at the forefront of our national conversation has fortified the power of literature to shape democratic and humane values.”

—Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN America