January 22, 2018

Lecture Will Include Insider Perspective on Publication of Fire and Fury


Jennifer Weis, executive editor and manager of content development at St. Martin’s Press, will give the second annual Publishing and Editing Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 in Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Publishing in a Time of Hyperinformation, Weis will talk about the effects of the current social and political climate on trade publishing and contemporary literature. This includes her insider perspective on the recent publication of Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by St. Martin’s parent company, Macmillan Publishers.

Weis is one of the most respected and prolific editors in New York publishing. She is an alumna of Yale University, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, and has worked at St. Martin’s since 1990. Weis has shepherded numerous bestsellers into print, including The House of Night series, Sarah’s Key, A Secret Kept, Crazy Love, Behind Closed Doors, and most recently Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope.

Weis’ lecture is the spring keynote address in the Public Culture in a Time of Hyperinformation lecture series, presented by Susquehanna in support of the university’s 2017-18 theme of conflict. Throughout the year, the university presents various lectures and events encouraging students to explore and discuss the annual theme.

The purpose of the lecture series is to help students and the regional audience understand the ramifications of the 2016 presidential election on public culture, especially on current discourse in the public sphere.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the the Seavey Reading Series, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Communications, the Ottaway Lectureship, the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, university speaker funds and the University Theme Committee.