Dutton

Dutton

Overview

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.

Dutton’s roster of bestselling fiction authors includes Jussi Adler-Olsen, Jennifer Chiaverini, Harlan Coben, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Brad Taylor, and Jonathan Tropper.

Bestselling nonfiction authors include Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu), Sean Carroll (The Particle at the End of the Universe),Maria Goodavage (Soldier Dogs and Top Dog), Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs), Dan Savage (American Savage and It Gets Better), Nick Offerman (Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe) and Mark Owen (No Easy Day and No Hero) .

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.

Meet Dutton

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Ben Sevier

VP, Publisher

Ben Sevier joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2011, and Publisher in 2015. Ben has edited the nine consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers authored by Harlan Coben, most recently the multiweek #1 New York Times bestseller Fool Me Once, and the last five novels by #1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Lisa Gardner, including 2016’s Find Her. Ben also edited 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, and the eight-week New York Times bestseller Red Platoon, which chronicled the events at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, which led to author Clinton Romesha’s receipt of the Medal of Honor. 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.

As Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Ben has overseen the acquisition and publication of a diverse list of bestsellers and award winners by authors such as Jussi Adler Olsen, Drew Barrymore, Sean Caroll, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Maria Goodavage, Tami Hoag, Janice Kaplan, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Daniel Levitin, Nick Offerman, Brooke Shields, Daniel Suarez, and Brad Taylor.

Prior to joining Dutton, Ben worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he acquired and edited the acclaimed writers Ken Bruen, Louise Penny, Marcus Sakey, Charles Finch, Paul Neilan, and Ben Rehder, among other distinguished debut novelists.

Christine Ball

Christine Ball

VP, Associate Publisher

Christine Ball is Vice President, Associate Publisher for Dutton and Putnam. She 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, Ken Follett, and Linda Fairstein. She orchestrated and navigated the publicity for the highly controversial No Easy Day, 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.

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Benjamin Lee

VP, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks

Ben Lee joined Dutton and Putnam as Vice President, Associate Publisher of paperbacks in March 2015.  He oversees the paperback conversion program for all of Dutton and Putnam’s books. Prior to joining Dutton and Putnam, Ben was most recently VP, Associate Publisher of Atria Books at Simon & Schuster, overseeing campaigns for many New York Times bestselling authors including Brad Thor, Jennifer Weiner, Vince Flynn, Theresa Caputo, Rachael Ray and Buddy Valastro. Prior to that at Simon, he sold the warehouse clubs and later handled Target, Readerlink, B&T, Ingram and the CBA. He started his publishing career at Random House, where he worked in sales with the warehouse clubs as well as in marketing with the Information Group.

 

Carrie Swetonic

Carrie Swetonic

Executive Director of Marketing

Carrie Swetonic is the Executive Director of Marketing for Putnam and Dutton. She joined Dutton in 2007 and was named Executive Director for Putnam and Dutton in 2015. In her Dutton career, she has created and implemented bestselling campaigns for Ken Follett, Harlan Coben, Brad Taylor, Timothy Keller, Julie Garwood, and many, many others. She and her staff develop the marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list. Before joining Dutton, she was a marketer at St. Martin’s Press where she worked on many bestselling books including those by Emily Giffin, Janet Evanovich, Chelsea Cain, and Tom Perotta.

Amanda Walker

Amanda Walker

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.

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Stephen Morrow

Executive Editor

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 This Is Your Brain on Music, and the #1 international and New York Times bestseller The Organized Mind; Maria Goodavage, whose New York Timesbestsellers Soldier Dogs and Top Dog garnered extraordinary national media attention; acclaimed theoretical physicist and writer Sean Carroll, whose latest book, The Big Picture, On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself was a multi-week New York Times bestseller.

Upcoming titles include Daniel Levitin’s A Field Guide to Lies, Stronger by Michael Joseph Gross, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by esteemed science journalist Carl Zimmer, and The Creative Species by Augustin Fuentes. 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.

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Jill Schwartzman

Executive Editor

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 list features Nick Offerman’s  Good Clean Fun, the third book by the New York Times bestselling author of Paddle Your Own Canoe , a memoir by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Lisa Napoli’s Ray & Joan, Joe Buck’s Lucky Bastard, W Kamau Bell’s The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell, and Anna Faris’s Unqualified, and Tom Sancton’s The Bettencourt Affair. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, John Taylor’s In the Pleasure Groove , and  Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries.

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.

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Maya Ziv

Executive Editor

Maya Ziv joined Dutton in September 2015 as an Executive Editor focusing on commercial and literary fiction with popular appeal, including suspense, historical, and high concept fiction. Upcoming titles include Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Chiaverini; Final Girls by Riley Sager; Mad by Chloé Esposito, the first in the Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know trilogy; and All Our Wrong Todays, a debut novel by screenwriter Elan Mastai, which will be published in twenty-five countries.

Before joining Dutton, she was a Senior Editor at Harper, where her list included Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the New York Times bestselling novel based on the hit podcast; Roxane Gay’s New York Times bestseller Bad Feminist, which has spent a year on the IndieBound bestseller list; the national bestselling The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen; and The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. Authors she has worked with include Sara Shepard, Adriana Trigiani, and Cecelia Ahern.

Jessica Renheim

Jessica Renheim

Editor
Jess Renheim joined Dutton as publisher’s assistant in 2007 and is now an Editor, focusing on thrillers, mystery/suspense, and smart commercial fiction; as well as voice-driven narrative nonfiction, pop culture, and humor. Jess has worked with The Daily Show contributor John Hodgman on his bestselling book of fake trivia, More Information Than You Require; Emmy Award-winning activist Dan Savage on his New York Times bestseller It Gets Better; and New York Times bestselling authors Stephen White, Richelle Mead, Linda Fairstein, Daniel Suarez, and Joseph Finder. Her list features Edgar-Award winning author Meg Gardiner, former Delta Force Commander Brad Taylor, #1 international bestselling Danish writer Jussi Adler-Olsen, and acclaimed travel writer Mark Adams, author of the perennial New York Times bestseller Turn Right at Machu Picchu. Forthcoming titles include Brad Parks’ breakout thriller, Say Nothing; Target Omega, an international suspense debut by Peter Kirsanow; Ballplayer, the memoir of Atlanta Braves third baseman and eight-time All-Star Chipper Jones; and The Driver, a debut thriller by “Bones” creator Hart Hanson.
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Stephanie Kelly

Associate Editor

Stephanie Kelly joined Dutton in 2011 as Publisher’s Assistant. She became an Associate Editor in 2015, and edits both fiction and nonfiction.  She is interested in psychological thrillers, suspense, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, and pop culture, particularly with a humorous, millennial, or feminist bent. Stephanie has worked with authors such as Linda Fairstein, Tami Hoag, Elizabeth George, Eric Jerome Dickey, Timothy Keller, and Eric Metaxas. Forthcoming titles include The Dollhouse by debut novelist Fiona Davis, a LibraryReads pick about the famed Barbizon Hotel for Women, and The Ascension Mysteries by David Wilcock, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Source Field Investigations and The Synchronicity Key.

Dutton Newsroom

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October 21, 2015

Gracing the cover of the current issues of InStyle and People is Dutton author and beloved actress Drew Barrymore. The magazines both feature extensive interviews with Barrymore about her new book, Wildflower (on sale 10/27), a series of essays about Drew’s life that InStyle praises as “a deeply thoughtful and fun page-turner—like a rich dessert […]

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October 14, 2015

The first-ever memoir by a drone pilot,  Hunter Killer: Inside America’s Unmanned Air War by Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley, hit bookshelves on Tuesday, launching to a major media line-up. Time.com posted an exclusiveexcerpt of the book and in the past weeks McCurley has done interviews on WYNC’s The Brian Lehrer Show,  Al-Jazeera America’sMorning News, […]

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October 7, 2015

This week, Dutton published Esquire editor Ross McCammon’s witty and hilarious but also practical business book, Works Well With Others: An Outsider’s Guide to Shaking Hands, Shutting Up, Handling Jerks, and Other Crucial Skills in Business That No One Ever Teaches You. This indispensible guide to the workplace is receiving major media attention, with coverage […]

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