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Conversations with Business Leaders: Marysue Rucci

June 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Behind the Books: Publishing Insights From an Industry Leader

New Canaan Library’s annual Conversations with Business Leaders lecture hosts some of the business world’s most successful, knowledgeable and dynamic individuals. The tradition continues with this year’s guest speaker, Marysue Rucci, VP and Editor-in-Chief at Simon & Schuster. Rucci will discuss her career trajectory, from discovering and cultivating new writers to the business of acquiring, editing, publishing, and selling books. She’ll discuss the magic behind bestsellers; rumors of the industry’s demise; and the wisdom gained working with a vast array of remarkable writers and personalities across the years, including Nelson DeMille, Mary Higgins Clark, Alice Hoffman, Shonda Rhimes, Hunter S. Thompson, and Betty White.


Ms. Rucci was named Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster, overseeing the imprint’s fiction program, in 2012. She acquires a range of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction. Recent titles include New York Times bestsellers Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister, The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll, When Life Gives you Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger, The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille, I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark, and The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. Marysue began her career in publishing in 1995, after graduating from Northwestern University as an English/Creative Writing major and attending the Radcliffe Publishing Course. Over the years she’s held positions at HarperCollins, Scribner, Villard (Random House), and Putnam (Penguin).  Marysue is a graduate of New Canaan High School.


June 9, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Lamb Room
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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