Meet Martin


Martin Levin retired as a book publishing executive and became a lawyer in the same year—at age 66! After a decade in public service, interrupted by serving in the US Army, he had an illustrious career in book publishing.  He rose to be Sr. Vice President of Grosset & Dunlap, a major publishing conglomerate now part of The Penguin Group. After Grosset & Dunlap, he was selected by the Times Mirror Company (Los Angeles Times) to develop their book publishing arm. Over the next 17 years, he took a small and struggling book publishing business to become the fifth largest US publisher and profitable. He became an industry leader, elected as the Chairman of American Association of Book Publishers. He led the drive to open the Soviet Union to the uncensored publication of US books and magazines. He was the architect of the Readers Digest Russian language edition and the chairman of the US publishers first delegation the Peoples Republic of China. In June 1999, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Association of American Publishers.

In 1979, while still fully devoted to the duties of his day job, he enrolled as a night student at New York Law School.  He graduated in June 1983, retired in December 1983, and passed the NY bar in February 1984. After transferring his duties at Times Mirror, he joined Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. as Counsel even though it was his first year as a lawyer.  During the years since then, he and a CLL Partner, Robert Halper, developed a practice for the firm in Mergers and Acquisitions for the book publishing industry. Over the years he and Bob have completed 106 transactions, representing largely independent publishers in the sale of their businesses to US and overseas conglomerates.

In addition, for 25 years he has taught Publishing Law at New York Law School, and for 30 years was a principal lecturer  at The Stanford University Professional Publishing Course. In 2010, he led the effort to move the course to Yale University where he is now a Resident Fellow. 

He has two sons. Jeremy Leven, an author and screenwriter who wrote and directed Don Juan De Marco and many other very successful films including The Notebook and currently A Girl On the Bicycle. Hugh L. Levin, an art book publisher, founded and led Hugh Lauter Levin Associates for 35 years and continues to be active in publishing and new technology. His daughter, Wendy Newby, is an Associate Dean at Emory University in Atlant
a, and directs the development and management of the Learning Programs division of the Office for Undergraduate Education, which provides a variety of academic support services to undergraduate students. She is also the Founder and Director of the Levin Center, a non-profit facility working with children with learning disabilities.

At 92 years of age, he has a full active expanding practice, teaching and writing. All I Know About Publishing I Learned From My Dog was published by Skyhorse Publishing in April 2011, and his next book, Letters From Angel, will be published in October of 2011. He has no intention of retiring (again).

For interview and press requests, please contact Esther Bochner: ebochner@skyhorsepublishing.com