Penguin Random House chief executive Markus Dohle is to be interviewed at FutureBook 21, The Bookseller's publishing conference, as part of an expansive programme of talks and panels that will take place on 19th November. Delegates may attend in person or online, with the event focused on how publishing resets after the coronavirus pandemic, sustainability and amplifying underrepresented voices.
Dohle will be interviewed by The Bookseller's editor Philip Jones, with the video to be shown to delegates including those attending in person and those accessing the event digitally at 9.30 a.m (GMT); a longer version of the interview will be made available on catch-up for delegates. The wide-ranging interview will cover: Dohle's assessment of the opportunities in the worldwide book business; his rationale for investing in distribution as print book sales continue to grow; the pending acquisition of Simon & Schuster and how this will benefit authors and booksellers; the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion at Penguin Random House globally and its actions locally; and what it means to be the head of the world's largest trade publisher at a moment of unprecedented change for books.
Other speakers at the event include author and social content creator Toni Tone, the founder of lifestyle brand OWNIT! Crystal Mahey-Morgan, and Jamie Byng, chief executive and publisher of Canongate Books, founder of World Book Night and creator of Letters Live.
Delegates are able to attend the conference at 155 Bishopsgate, marking a return to a physical event for the first time since 2019. A strictly limited 350 tickets are now available in addition to a range of options for individuals and companies wishing to attend virtually. Already announced as speakers are environmental campaigner Mark Maslin, editor and writer Roxane Gay, Kobo c.e.o Michael Tamblyn, director of sustainability at Springer Nature Thea Sherer, academic John B Thompson and Chiki Sarkar, founder and publisher at India's digital publisher Juggernaut Books.