Michael Morrison, president and publisher, U.S. General Books & Canada at HarperCollins Publishers
David Hirshey, senior VP and executive editor, HarperCollins Publishers
So YOU Want To Work in Publishing
Friday, October 5, 2012
Biblio Cafe, Waidner-Spahr Library, 4:00 p.m.
A brief overview of the publishing industry with an emphasis on the job opportunities in the different areas of today’s global publishing companies. Q&A encouraged.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Biographies (provided by the speakers)
Michael Morrison is president and publisher, U.S. General Books and Canada at HarperCollins Publishers. He oversees the publishing operations of the U.S. General Books Group. In addition, his responsibilities include the oversight of HarperCollins Canada. He was appointed to this position June, 2008.
Morrison joined HarperCollins in January 1999 as vice president, associate publisher of HarperCollins and later became executive vice president, publisher of Morrow/Avon. He most recently served as president and group publisher of the HarperMorrow division. Morrison began his publishing career in the finance department of Simon & Schuster in 1982. He subsequently moved to Bantam, Doubleday and Dell as a Production Manager and then he became a marketing manager for many years. He returned to Simon & Schuster as a national accounts sales representative and later moved to Random House in the same role. While at Random House he rose to the position of sales director of the Knopf/Vintage Group and then ran the RandomHouseAudio Division, before moving to HarperCollins as the associate publisher.
Morrison also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Masters in Publishing program at New York University.
David Hirshey is a senior vice president and executive editor of HarperCollins Publishers, which he joined in 1998 after a distinguished career in magazines and newspapers. After graduating from Dickinson where he wrote for the school paper and played soccer (unimpressively) for four years, David joined the New York Daily News, then the largest circulation newspaper in the country, as a cub reporter in the sports department. He rose quickly in the ranks and after five years became the youngest sports columnist in New York City. In 1984, he landed his dream job at Esquire Magazine where, among other things, he was in charge of the magazine’s celebrated annual humor issue, the Dubious Achievement Awards. In 1997, he moved briefly to the New Yorker before being hired by HarperCollins the following year as an executive editor of non-fiction. In his 14 years at Harper, David has edited numerous bestsellers and worked with some of the country’s most famous authors such as Tom Robbins, Dave Eggers, Seymour. M. Hersh, and George Tenet. He still keeps his hand (and foot) in soccer by writing a twice weekly column for ESPN.com but for the good of the beautiful game has given up playing competitively.
HarperCollins is one of the leading English-language publishers in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, the company has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. Its publishing groups include the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.