A small list with a huge audience, Dutton is a boutique imprint within the largest English-language publisher in the world. Publicity—and bestseller—driven, its focused list of approximately forty books per year is half fiction and half nonfiction. On average, one in every four books published by Dutton hits the New York Times bestseller list each year. In 2013, more than 30% of our list hit the New York Times bestseller list. , most of them in the top ten, and two of them at #1 – Six Years by Harlan Coben and Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George In 2012, Dutton published four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, Stay Close by Harlan Coben, Winter of the World by Ken Follett, and the headline-making No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen.
Dutton’s roster of bestselling brand-name fiction authors also includes Jussi Adler-Olsen, Kelley Armstrong, Tracy Chevalier, Jennifer Chiaverini, Linda Fairstein, Lisa Gardner, Julie Garwood, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Richelle Mead, Brad Taylor, and Jonathan Tropper.
Bestselling nonfiction authors include Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth), Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu), Sean Carroll (The Particle at the End of the Universe), Tyler Cowen (An Economist Gets Lunch and The Great Stagnation), Timothy Keller (The Meaning of Marriage, The Prodigal God, and The Reason for God), Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs), and Dan Savage (American Savage and It Gets Better).
History of Dutton
Edward Payson Dutton founded a bookselling firm in Boston in 1852, but it wasn’t until 1864 that the eponymous E. P. Dutton & Co. began to publish books in earnest. Its original focus was on religious titles, and the first bestseller was the two-volume The Life of Christ by Frederic W. Farrar, published in 1874.
In 1885, John Macrae began working at Dutton as an office boy; he would spend fifty-nine years with the company, rising in the ranks. He became President in 1923, and in 1928, he bought the publishing house and shared it with his two sons. During Macrae’s tenure, E. P. Dutton published notable books such as The Proper Bostonians by Cleveland Amory,Shakespeare of London by Marchette Chute, The Conquest of Everest by Sir John Hunt, and Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, as well as works by Lawrence Durrell, Milton Glaser, and Luigi Pirandello. The company went on to publish books by John Irving (The World According to Garp), Peter Matthiessen, Jorge Luis Borges, Gavin Maxwell, Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy (Passages), Ayn Rand, and Mickey Spillane.
A Brief History of Dutton
The images above are from Seventy-Five Years, or the Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons. From left to right the images show E. P. Dutton, Inside the Broadway Dutton Bookstore, and a view of the outside of the Broadway Bookstore in the 1800’s.
Dutton has a rich and storied publishing history that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century. It had its beginnings as a bookselling firm in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1852 that was led by Mr. Edward Payson Dutton and his partner Mr. Lemuel Ide under the name Ide & Dutton. Six years later, in 1858, Mr. Dutton bought out Mr. Ide and officially changed the name to E.P. Dutton & Co. In 1864, the famous Boston bookstore Ticknor & Fields sold its store along with its small publishing division on Washington Street to E.P. Dutton & Co. The first published books under the Dutton name were religious texts for Sunday schools that primarily serviced Episcopal churches.
In 1869, Dutton opened a store in New York City at 713 Broadway, expanding both his retail and publishing business. By 1874, most of the 700 books in E.P. Dutton & Co.’s inventory were either juvenile or religious books. The first bestseller was the two-volume The Life of Christ by Frederic W. Farrar. Shiloh by M.L. Jay was another major bestseller that helped sustain the fledgling company. In the early 1900s, under the direction of visionary publisher John Macrae, Dutton published the “Everyman’s Library,” which sought to issue the best in literature from around the world. More than 650 books were included and the collection sold millions.
Edward Payson Dutton died September 6, 1923, at the age of 92, and is buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum of Washington Heights in upper-Manhattan. Four years after his death, in celebration of the first 75 years as a bookseller and publisher, E.P. Dutton & Co. published a book about its history entitled Seventy-Five Years, or the Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons. The book was printed in Brooklyn, complete with gilded edges, as well as a fold-out, four-color frontispiece depicting its first bookstore in Boston. The initial and only printing of the volume was only 500 copies, 150 of which were given to friends, family, and favorite customers and vendors, while 350 were sold to the public from Dutton’s Fifth Avenue store.
(Left) The title page of Seventy-Five Years, or the Joys and Sorrows of Publishing and Selling Books at Duttons, taken from one of the five hundred printed books. (Right) The fold-out frontispiece of the book, depicting the original Boston Bookstore.
The next 75 years accounted for a great deal of growth for Dutton as a publishing house. In 1952, E.P. Dutton & Co. celebrated its 100th Anniversary as a bookseller and publisher by selling a commemorative edition of a history of celebrated literary novels. E.P. Dutton & Co. was acquired by New American Library in 1985, and from then on was known only as Dutton. Dutton would continue to publish in hardcover, but its reprints would move to either Plume in trade paperback or NAL in mass market, a tradition that continues to this day. A year later, in 1986, Dutton/NAL was acquired by Penguin, and Dutton split into two imprints: Dutton and Dutton Children’s Books. In 2013, Penguin and Random House merged, making Dutton an imprint of the newly formed Penguin Random House.
To commemorate 150 years of book publishing, Dutton has a redesigned logotype, replacing the previous logo of a scripted “D”, which had been used for thirty years. The new design fits with the first logotype E.P. Dutton used in the mid-nineteenth century.
(Left) Original Dutton logotype. (Center) The Dutton “D” which has been on book spines for the past 30 years. (Right) The new Dutton logo, which reflects the original design, to mark the 150th anniversary of when E.P. Dutton & Co. bought the Old Corner Bookstore and began publishing books in earnest.
Over the years, Dutton has published many influential authors, including G.K. Chesterton, Mickey Spillane, Ayn Rand, Jose Luis Borges, John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy, and A.A. Milne, as well as more recent bestselling authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Ken Follett, Timothy Keller, and Harlan Coben. The noteworthy books Dutton has published in the last forty years include Passages by Gail Sheehy, The World According to Garp by John Irving, The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff, Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, No Second Chance by Harlan Coben, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken, Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, World Without End by Ken Follett, The Reason for God by Timothy Keller, Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George, and No Easy Day by Mark Owen.
Ben Sevier joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2011, Vice President in 2012, and Publisher in 2015. Ben has edited the seven consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers authored by Harlan Coben, including Six Years, which was called “perfect” (Entertainment Weekly), “a cause for jubilation” (Huffington Post), and “ingenious” (Publishers Weekly). The history-making, multi-million-copy #1 New York Times bestseller No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer was the top-selling hardcover book in the industry in 2012. In 2011, #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner joined Dutton and Ben’s list and immediately achieved new sales records and her highest bestseller list placement to date. Ben also edits the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Jonathan Tropper; his breakout achievement This Is Where I Leave You became the major film release of the same name from Warner Bros. in 2014.
Former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Linda Fairstein, bestselling suspense writer Tami Hoag, futurist Daniel Suarez, former Delta Force commander Brad Taylor, and New York Times-bestselling thriller writer Joseph Finder round out Ben’s carefully-curated list of compelling, page-turning fiction and non-fiction.
Prior to joining Dutton, Ben worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he acquired and edited the acclaimed novelists Marcus Sakey, Ken Bruen, Louise Penny, Charles Finch, Paul Neilan, and Ben Rehder, among other distinguished debut novelists.
VP, Associate Publisher
Christine Ball joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. She was named Vice President in 2011 and Associate Publisher in 2012. In addition to developing the publicity and marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list, she works directly with many authors as their publicist, including Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Julie Garwood, Tami Hoag, and Linda Fairstein. She orchestrated and navigated the publicity for the highly controversial No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden, securing the first ever hour-long interview for a book on 60 Minutes. Before joining Dutton, she had previously been Director of Publicity at Crown, where she orchestrated the campaigns for the New York Times bestsellers The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, and Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison, among many others.
Director of Marketing
Carrie Swetonic joined Dutton as Marketing Manager in December 2007. She was named Associate Director in June 2010 and Director in 2013. She develops and manages the marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list, including advertising, promotion, and social media campaigns.
Before joining Dutton, she was a Marketing Manager at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked on campaigns for New York Times bestselling authors Emily Giffin, Augusten Burroughs, Chelsea Cain, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Tom Perrotta, and Donna VanLiere, among many others.
Director of Publicity
Amanda Walker joined Dutton as Publicist in 2007. She was named Publicity Manager in 2008, Associate Director in 2011, and Director in 2014. In addition to managing the publicity department, she works directly with a diverse list of Dutton’s high profile authors, including Ken Follett, Tracy Chevalier, Dan Savage, Jonathan Tropper, and Tyler Cowen. Amanda has orchestrated publicity campaigns for breakout bestsellers such as Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, Mark Adams’ Turn Right at Machu Picchu, and It Gets Better by Dan Savage and Terry Miller, landing all of the respective authors on the New York Times bestseller list for the first time in their careers. Before joining Dutton, she worked at the Free Press imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Stephen Morrow joined Dutton in 2006 as an Executive Editor specializing in nonfiction. He edits a wide range of science, economics, psychology, narrative nonfiction, and investigative journalism.
His authors include: Award-winning writer, music producer, and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin, author of the influential New York Times bestseller and Los Angeles Times Book Award nominee This Is Your Brain on Music, translated into sixteen languages, and his recent magnum opus, #1 international and New York Times bestseller, The Organized Mind; Tyler Cowen, named one of the most influential economists of the decade by The Economist and author of the New York Times bestselling breakout e-book The Great Stagnation; Maria Goodavage, whose New York Times bestsellers Soldier Dogs and Top Dog garnered extraordinary national media attention and Facebook buzz; acclaimed theoretical physicist and writer Sean Carroll whose The Particle at the End of the Universe was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times and The Guardian and won the Royal Society’s Winton Prize; Groundbreaking cognition researchers Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods whose The Genius of Dogs hit the New York Times list and heralded the launch of Hare’s revolutionary online canine intelligence test.
In 2015 Stephen’s books include: The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission by Jim Bell, president of the Planetary Society and winner of the American Astronomical Society’s Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication; Thirty Million Words: How to Build Your Child’s Brain by Dana Suskind, M.D.; and Why We Snap by National Institutes of Health researcher R. Douglas Fields. Before coming to Dutton, Stephen founded the imprint Pi Press and the hard science list at Free Press, Simon & Schuster, where he began his trade publishing career.
Jill Schwartzman joined Dutton in January 2012 with a mandate to acquire platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on celebrity, pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative nonfiction. Her 2015 list features Nick Offerman’s Gumption, the second book by the New York Times bestselling author of Paddle Your Own Canoe ,and Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries: How I Spent a Year Looking on the Bright Side.
Other Dutton bestsellers include Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, a #1 New York Times bestseller, John Taylor’s In the Pleasure Groove, a New York Times and LA Times bestseller, and On The Island, Tracey Garvis Graves’s New York Times and USA Today bestseller, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in trade paperback and e-book editions.
Before joining Dutton she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion and a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks, where she published the New York Times bestsellers Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, White Girl Problems by Babe Walker, Rafa by Rafael Nadal, and Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch.
Denise Roy joined Dutton as Senior Editor in 2009. Her list focuses on fiction—contemporary, suspense, and historical. “History—and its colorful characters—come alive,” USA Today praised Jennifer Chiaverini’s New York Times bestselling Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, soon to be followed by Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule and Christmas Bells. Lori Roy, author of Edgar-Award winner Bent Road and Edgar-Award finalist Until She Comes Home, continues with Let Me Die in His Footsteps, a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book of Summer 2015. Forthcoming are Brooke Davis’s “enchanting debut” (Vanity Fair) and #1 international bestseller Lost & Found, Claire Kells’s “thrilling debut novel” (Kirkus) Girl Underwater, and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow Shanna Mahin’s Oh! You Pretty Things, which New York Times bestselling author Andrew Solomon has declared “worthy of its own Oscar,” and Publishers Weekly has highlighted in the literary fiction category of its Spring 2015 Announcements. Out of the pages of history steps Alexandra Curry’s debut The Courtesan, inspired by the real-life woman Sai Jinhua, whose political and romantic pursuits spanned the globe and collided with the terrible clash of East and West known as the Boxer Rebellion. And when a buttoned up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins in Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes from first-time novelist Jules Moulin, who has a Master’s in journalism from Columbia and wrote The West Wing, which won the Emmy Award for Best Drama.
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Shanna Mahin’s debut novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, was published by Dutton earlier this week to buzz worthy of a Hollywood premiere.The witty and original novel about celebrity and its pitfalls, has been praised by literary luminaries like Garth Stein and Andrew Solomon and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, All You, Variety, Bustle, San Diego Union-Tribune, […]Read more >
Last week, Dutton published Claire Kells’ much buzzed-about debut novel, Girl Underwater. Kell’s celebrated the launch of her book with a party, hosted by actress Casey Wilson, star of NBC’s Marry Me and the blockbuster movie, Gone Girl. Also in attendance was Wilson’s Happy Endings co-star Adam Pally, and Kulap Vilaysack from Who Charted Podcast. […]Read more >
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