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.
President and Publisher
Brian Tart joined Dutton in 1998 as Editor in Chief and soon after acquired Sylvia Browne’s #1 bestselling books on spirituality; Wendy Northcutt’s million-copy humor franchise, the Darwin Awards; and Dave Pelzer’s first hardcover bestseller, the two- million-copy phenomenon, A Man Named Dave. He was named Publisher in 2005 and then President in 2006. Among the authors he has acquired and edited are spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of the six-million-copy #1 bestseller, A New Earth, which spent seven months at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list; Timothy Keller, whose book The Reason for God was World magazine’s Book of the Year in 2008; and Elizabeth George’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Believing the Lie. He also edited The Daily Show contributor John Hodgman, author of the New York Times bestselling Areas of My Expertise trilogy, and Dan Savage, national columnist and award-winning author of The Kid, The Commitment, and It Gets Better. Mr. Tart acquired and published Harlan Coben’s #1 bestsellers, including Six Years and Stay Close; Tami Hoag’s bestsellers, including Deeper than the Dead and The 9th Girl; Mark Adams’s Turn Right at Machu Picchu, a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback; and David Wilcock’s surprise New York Times bestseller, The Source Field Investigations. A twenty-year veteran of the publishing industry, Mr. Tart started his career as an Editorial Assistant at Bantam Books and rose to Senior Editor before leaving to join Dutton in 1998.
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.
VP, Editor in Chief
Ben Sevier joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007. He was appointed Editor in Chief in 2011 and Vice President in 2012. Ben has edited the six 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). He acquired and edited the instant, multimillion-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, which 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 was filmed in 2013 and is a forthcoming major release from Warner Bros.
Former Manhattan assistant district attorney Linda Fairstein, bestselling suspense writer Tami Hoag, retired private-school headmaster Selden Edwards, futurist Daniel Suarez, former Delta Force commander Brad Taylor, and #1 international bestselling Danish thriller writer Jussi Adler-Olsen round out Ben’s carefully curated list of compelling, page-turning fiction and nonfiction.
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.
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.
Jill Schwartzman joined Dutton in January 2012 with a mandate to acquire platform, publicity, and voice-driven nonfiction, with a focus on pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative nonfiction. Her Fall 2013 list features Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe, a memoir peppered with salty treatises about the state of manhood from the star of NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, and Tracey Garvis Graves’s second novel, Covet, the follow-up to her 2012 New York Times and USA Today bestseller On the Island, which has sold more than 500,000 copies in trade paperback and e-book editions.
Other forthcoming titles include the definitive book on the Boston Marathon bombings, written by Boston Globe reporters Scott Helman and Jenna Russell, published to coincide with the first anniversary of the bombing, and Romance Is My Day Job, a memoir about a Harlequin editor’s unlikely real-life romance. Previously published titles at Dutton include Duran Duran bassist John Taylor’s New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail, and Publishers Weekly bestseller In the Pleasure Groove; Data, A Love Story; Amy Webb’s humorous memoir about “gaming” online dating, which was featured on Good Morning America, The View, and in The Wall Street Journal and People; and former Fox News insider Joe Muto’s memoir, An Atheist in the FOXhole.
Before joining Dutton she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion and a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks. Her list has featured 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.
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 Levitin, author of the New York Times bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music and the forthcoming 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 e-book The Great Stagnation and the forthcoming Average Is Over; and Maria Goodavage, whose Soldier Dogs was Stephen’s most recent surprise bestseller, landing on both the New York Times and Publishers Weekly lists. Internationally acclaimed theoretical physicist Sean Carroll’s The Particle at the End of the Universe tells the story of the Higgs boson and was named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times and The Guardian in 2012. In 2013, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by groundbreaking cognition researchers Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods was a New York Times bestseller and heralded the launch of Hare’s revolutionary online canine intelligence test.
Forthcoming in 2014 is Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall, the son of the park ranger on duty when seven young climbers were lost in the worst mountaineering tragedy in North American history. Stephen recently commissioned the philosophical and humorous Does Santa Exist? A Careful Philosophical Investigation by Eric Kaplan, executive coproducer of the #1-rated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. 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.
Denise Roy joined Dutton as Senior Editor in 2009. Her list focuses on fiction—contemporary and historical. “History—and its colorful characters—come alive,” USA Today praised Jennifer Chiaverini’s first historical stand-alone book, the New York Times bestselling Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, soon to be followed by The Spymistress and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, novels that explore the lives of extraordinary women in the Civil War era. Tracy Chevalier’s New York Times bestselling The Last Runaway, “the rich, well-researched story of one woman becoming an American,” (NPR’s All Things Considered), marks the first time the internationally bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring has written about the United States. Lori Roy, author of Bent Road and winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, follows her debut with Until She Comes Home, named Favorite Suspense Novel of 2011 by The New York Times. Bee Ridgway’s The River of No Return, an Indiebound bestseller, was praised by The Washington Post as an “instant classic” and by Vanity Fair as a “thrill ride.” M. D. Waters’s “double debut” (Publishers Weekly), the futuristic thrillers Archetype and Prototype, will be published in a six-month span in 2014. Additionally, Denise acquires trade paperback original fiction for Plume, including New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Jio (Blackberry Winter and The Last Camellia).
Jessica Renheim (née Horvath) joined Dutton as Publisher’s Assistant in August 2007 and became an Associate Editor in 2011. She edits both fiction and nonfiction at Dutton, including speculative and paranormal fiction, mystery/crime, thrillers, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. Among the bestselling and critically acclaimed writers she has worked with are the #1 New York Times bestselling authors Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong, as well as New York Times bestselling and award-winning writers Mark Adams, Stephen White, Meg Gardiner, Brian D’Amato, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Raymond Khoury, and David Rich. Titles in 2013 include Gameboard of the Gods, the first book in Richelle Mead’s new Age of X series; American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics by Emmy Award-winning activist and bestselling author Dan Savage; Expatriates by former US Army intelligence officer and survivalist James Wesley, Rawles; Compound Fractures, Stephen White’s twentieth and final novel in his bestselling Alan Gregory series; and A.D. Robertson’s Captive, a steamy companion novel to the New York Times bestselling Nightshade series.
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Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak by Andy Hall was published last week amid great media attention. The Wall Street Journal ran a rave review, and Alaska media has swarmed to the book, including front-page coverage byAnchorage Press and Alaska Dispatch. BookPage calls the book “a labor of love…an indelible portrait of [Denali] and the culture of 1960s mountaineering” […]Read more >
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