Posted on July 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A court filing in the US Department of Justice's suit to block a publishing acquisition has revealed some big-name witnesses.

Penguin Random House is hoping to acquire Simon & Schuster, a move that US Attorney General Merrick Garland described as an "anticompetitive merger" in November.

On his side (well, the government's side) is author Stephen King, who will testify about "his perceptions of the manner in which the market for book rights operates," according to the July 15 filing.

Another author, though, will attempt to bolster the publishers' case: Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon, "will testify about the sale of book rights” for the defendants.

Literary agents, editors, and publishing executives are also listed as witnesses for both sides.

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