Simon & Schuster Launches Speakers Bureau

New York-based book publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a new speakers bureau through which to market its writing talent to meeting and event planners. Co-managed by industry leader Greater Talent Network, the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau debuted this week and is already accepting bookings for speaking engagements.

"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," Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. "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."

Among the speakers in Simon & Schuster's bureau are experts and authors from across the book publisher's many imprints, including talent that can speak to a variety of interests, including business, finance, technology, health, journalism, food, politics and more.

Just a few of the authors available for speaking engagements are:

* Jonathan Alter, Newsweek political columnist, historian and TV commentator
* Mark Bittman, New York Times food columnist
* Marry Higgins Clark, best-selling author and "Queen of Suspense"
* Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl
* Chuck Klosterman, best-selling pop-culture journalist
* Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, best-selling author and frequent Oprah contributor
* Valerie Plame Wilson, former CIA covert operative
* Debra Winger, actress

Event planners can view all of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau offerings—including speakers' bios, video samples and presentation outlines—online at www.simonsays.com/speakersbureau.