Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau Opens for Business



    NEW YORK, June 18 /CNW/ -- The Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau, a new
initiative that will bring a wide-ranging roster of bestselling, critically
acclaimed, and expert authors to live audiences worldwide, officially launched
today and is accepting bookings for speaking engagements. Simon & Schuster,
Inc., has teamed up with Greater Talent Network, Inc. (GTN), an
industry-leading speakers bureau to create an exciting new source for meeting
and event planners.
    The Speakers Bureau was announced by Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of
Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Don Epstein, CEO and Founder of Greater Talent
Network, Inc.  Aileen Boyle, Vice President, Associate Publisher of the Simon
& Schuster trade imprint, played a leadership role for Simon & Schuster in
launching the network.
    The Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau (SSSB) reflects the depth and
diversity of authors published by Simon & Schuster, Inc., and features authors
and expert speakers from across its many imprints who will entertain and
inform audiences on a multitude of topics. Groups looking for the best in
public speakers can find authors from a variety of disciplines to satisfy any
interest, including business finance, technology, health and well-being,
current affairs and journalism, food, history and politics, fiction,
entertainers and celebrities, memoirists, award-winning authors, and more.
    Just some of the authors who are already participating and available for
speaking engagements through the Bureau include Newsweek political columnist,
historian, and television commentator Jonathan Alter; entrepreneur and
featured expert in The Secret John Assaraf; New York Times food columnist and
bestselling author Mark Bittman; the Sweet Potato Queen herself, Jill Connor
Brown; New York Times media columnist and author of the forthcoming memoir The
Night of the Gun, David Carr; No.1 New York Times bestseller and "Queen of
Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark; Harry S. Dent, Jr., New York Times bestselling
of The Roaring 2000s;  National Book Award winner Carlos Eire, author of
Waiting for Snow in Havana; environmental safety advocate for children Deirdre
Imus; bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory; author of
the No.1 New York Times bestseller Einstein, Walter Isaacson; bestselling
pop-culture journalist and commentator Chuck Klosterman; bestselling
physicians and authors of the YOU series, Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet
C. Oz, M.D.; Peter Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of It's All Too
Much; New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner; former CIA covert
operative and New York Times bestselling author Valerie Plame Wilson; and
actress Debra Winger.  More authors are being added to the Speakers Bureau
roster on a regular basis.
    "Connecting authors with an audience of readers and book buyers in as
many ways possible is our top priority, and the Simon & Schuster Speakers
Bureau reflects our firm belief that the life of a book and interest in our
authors extend well beyond initial publication," said Carolyn Reidy.  "We're
thrilled to be able to offer this service for our authors, especially in
conjunction with Greater Talent Network, a best-in-class partner that can
utilize its unrivaled network of speaking opportunities and a team of
top-flight booking agents, to promote our authors at events of all types and
sizes in the United States and internationally."
    "I am delighted to help bring Simon & Schuster's great roster of talented
author/storytellers to audiences thirsty for their wit, wisdom, and insights,"
said Don Epstein.  "There are so many goals shared by our two companies that
the long-term success of this new venture is practically guaranteed."
    Prospective event planners can view the full scope of the Simon &
Schuster Speakers Bureau offerings at a dedicated home page,
www.simonsays.com/speakersbureau. The SSSB site features biographical
information about each author, a summary of his or her presentation, a list of
speaking points, and video samples of authors speaking.  Event planners and
organizers can research the authors who fit the profile of their speaking
engagement and then contact a booking agent directly through the site, or by
calling 866-248-3049.
    
    About Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    
    Simon & Schuster, Inc., a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader
in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best
in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed,
electronic, and audio formats. It is home to some of the most well-known
publishing imprints in the world, including Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Free
Press, Pocket Books, Atria Books, Touchstone, Fireside, Simon Spotlight
Entertainment, Howard Books, Threshold Editions, Atheneum Books for Young
Readers, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Simon & Schuster Audio,
and has international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit our website at www.simonsays.com.
    
    About Greater Talent Network, Inc.
    
    Founded in 1981 by CEO, Don R. Epstein, GTN has grown steadily to become
one of the world's premier lecture agencies.  GTN attributes its success to a
focus on responsible, ethical and courteous service to its speakers and event
sponsors, all of whom have learned to appreciate the dedication of a staff
with over 300 years of cumulative service to the meetings and events
industries.
    New York based GTN has brought thousands of guest speakers to
corporations, associations, town halls, colleges, and non-profit
organizations.  Most of these organizations return to GTN year after year,
confident that GTN will match their audiences with exactly the right speaker
for the occasion.




For further information:

For further information: Adam Rothberg, Simon & Schuster,
+1-212-698-1132, adam.rothberg@simonandschuster.com; Sonya Giacobbe, Greater
Talent Network, +1-866-248-3049, sonyag@simonspeakers.com, Web Site:
http://www.simonsays.com, http://www.simonsays.com/speakersbureau

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