Gotham Books is a boutique nonfiction imprint focused on publishing high-quality, commercial nonfiction. We publish approximately 25 hardcover and 30 trade paperback titles a year.
Founded in 2001, Gotham Books was created to put both narrative nonfiction and publicity-driven nonfiction on national bestseller lists. It launched its debut list in Winter 2003. Lynne Truss‘ Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Michael Gates Gill‘s How Starbucks Saved My Life and The Official eBay Bible by Jim Griffith were early successes that solidified Gotham’s reputation as an imprint that can launch multi-million copy franchises that sit atop bestseller lists everywhere. Some of Gotham’s more recent bestsellers include Brené Brown’s # 1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly, published in 2012 and still on the bestseller list in 2014; Wall Street Journal Reporter Jeff Zaslow’s The Girls From Ames; Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams’ Game of Shadows; Baltimore Raven Michael Oher’s I Beat The Odds, Simon Garfield’s Just My Type, and acclaimed cartoonist Ellen Forney’s Marbles.
Other bestsellers that round out Gotham Books’ list include Russell Simmons‘ Do You!, Hill Harper‘s Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister, Larry Winget‘s It’s Called Work for a Reason and You’re Broke Because You Want to Be, Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway‘s What Would Jackie Do? Also in hardcover Gotham has a golf publishing program that includes Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott‘s Every Shot Must Have a Purpose and The Game Before the Game, Stan Utley‘s The Art of the Short Game and The Art of Putting, and Dr. Joe Parent’s Zen Putting. Gotham‘s paperback publishing program includes many successes such as Nancy Amanda Redd’s Body Drama, Kim France and Andrea Linnett‘s The Lucky Shopping Manual, Diablo Cody‘s Candy Girl, Ian Spector‘s The Truth About Chuck Norris, Professor Happy Cat’s I Can Has Cheezburger?, Sarah Turnbull’s Almost French, Jim Kakalios The Physics of Superheroes, James Hollis‘ Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, and Ken Denmead’s GeekDad.
President and Publisher
Brian Tart was named President and Publisher of Gotham in 2014. He remains in his separate role as President and Publisher of Dutton, and is also President and Publisher of Avery and Viking Studio. He joined Penguin in 1998 as the Editor in Chief of Dutton and was named Publisher in 2005 and then President in 2006. He has published #1 bestselling authors such as Ken Follett, Harlan Coben, Eckhart Tolle, Al Franken, and Mark Owen, author of No Easy Day. 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
Lisa Johnson has been working with Gotham since its founding in 2001. She has been Vice President, Associate Publisher in charge of marketing and publicity for the imprint since 2008. She is also Associate Publisher for Avery and Viking Studio. She joined Penguin in 1991 as Publicity Director for Dutton and Plume, was named Vice President in 1995, and added marketing to her responsibilities in 2005. Before joining Penguin, she was Publicity Director for Putnam and previously worked at Random House and Simon & Schuster.
Vice President, Editorial Director
Lauren Marino is Vice President, Editorial Director of Gotham Books, where she has been since the launch of the imprint in 2001. She has been in publishing for over 20 years and has worked at Broadway Books, Hyperion, where she was also responsible for overseeing the Miramax imprint, HarperCollins and The Robbins Office, a literary agency. She has acquired, edited and published several New York Times bestsellers. Her list is eclectic and tends to fall into the following categories: memoir, biography and narrative non-fiction, food and travel narrative, current events, popular culture, beauty and style, and thought provoking psychology, self-help and motivation. At Gotham she has published five bestsellers with Hill Harper, three bestsellers with Russell Simmons, Thoughts Without Cigarettes by Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout, which was long listed for a National Book Award, The Girls from Ames and The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow, Candy Girl by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden, Dark Nights of the Soul and A Religion of One’s Own by Thomas Moore, The Secret Lives of Wives and Sex After…by Iris Krasnow, The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, PhD. She has also worked with Maarten Troost, Rachel Dratch, Isaac Mizrahi, Lewis Richmond, Harriet Lerner, Julie Klausner, Beth Kephart, Teri Agins, Pam Skaist Levy and Gela Nash Taylor, Ned Zeman, LUCKY magazine, Ann Crittenden, Ruth Reichl, Jane Green, Brooke Siler, Cindy Crawford, Willie Nelson, Tom Perkins, Stephen Davis, Pamela Clarke Keogh, Coleman Barks, Mark Epstein, Lama Surya Das, Cheryl Richardson and Cherie Carter Scott.
Charlie Conrad joined Gotham Books as Executive Editor in January 2013. An editor for more than 25 years, he was formerly Vice President and Executive Editor of Crown/Random House, he has also been Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Paperbacks at Doubleday and Broadway Books and Editor-in-Chief of Anchor Books/Doubleday, and held editorial positions at Warner Books, Newmarket Press, and New American Library. His editorial interests include narrative nonfiction (history, investigative reporting, travel/adventure), biography and memoir and popular culture (film, music, sports). Among the New York Times bestselling authors he has worked with are Eric Clapton (Clapton: The Biography), Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven), Frances Mayes, (Under the Tuscan Sun), Frank Abagnale (Catch Me if You Can), David Kamp (The United States of Arugula), James Webb (Born Fighting), Ben Macintyre (Double Cross) and Geraldine Brooks (Nine Parts of Desire).
Brooke Carey has spent her entire editorial career at Penguin Group. Prior to joining Gotham in July 2013, she worked as an editor at Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current, where she started as an editorial assistant in November 2007. She graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University in 2007 with degrees in magazine journalism, history, and Italian. Books she’s worked on include The End of the Suburbs by Leigh Gallagher, How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better Looking than Your Parents by Zac Bissonnette, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam, Love in the Time of Algorithms by Dan Slater, Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen, and A Simple Christmas by Mike Huckabee. At Gotham, she is interested in acquiring books in the categories of humor, pop culture/entertainment, psychology, pop science, narrative non-fiction, technology, career advice, women’s issues, relationships, and memoir.
A new PBS web series, “It’s Okay to Be Smart,” highlights some of the many myths and fallacies author David McRaney investigates in his book, You Are Now Less Dumb (Gotham, 8/5/14). The five-minute video, which already has 238,000 views in just one week, ends with a special shout-out to McRaney and his books (4:53). Both Nerdist and A.V. Club featured […]Read more >
Master entrepreneur, original hip-hop mogul, and New York Times bestselling Gotham author Russell Simmons was the featured guest on the season finale of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday on June 15, when they discussed yoga, meditation and of course, his book Success Through Stillness. The episode will re-air this coming Sunday, June 22 at 10 am ET. Tune in via the […]Read more >
Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly has passed the 500,000 in print milestone (hardcover and eBook formats combined), it was announced this week by Gotham Books. The hit #1 on The New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous list in its second week on sale (10/7/12), returned to #1 on the same list nearly a year later (10/6/13), and has been […]Read more >