Penguin Press

Penguin Press


Penguin Press was founded in 2003 by Ann Godoff and launched its debut list in the Winter of 2004. Dedicated to publishing quality nonfiction and literary fiction, it has published numerous New York Times and national bestsellers, including four Pulitzer Prize winners: Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars, in 2005 for General Nonfiction; Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance, in 2010 for History; Ron Chernow’s Washington, in 2011 for Biography; and John Lewis Gaddis’s George F. Kennan, in 2012 for Biography. Books from Penguin Press have also earned prestigious prizes and citations such as the James Beard Award, the Orange Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Man Asian Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.

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Ann Godoff

Ann Godoff

President and Editor-in-Chief

Ann Godoff is President and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Press, which she founded in 2003. She has had a distinguished and singular career in book publishing, editing and publishing many award-winning and bestselling works of fiction and nonfiction. She first joined the editorial department of Simon & Schuster in 1980, and in 1987 became  Senior Editor at Atlantic Monthly Press; in two years she became Editor-in-Chief. In 1991, Ms. Godoff was appointed Executive Editor at Random House, where she would eventually be named Vice President and Editorial Director. In 1997 she became President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the Random House Trade Publishing Group and Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc.

Scott Moyers

Scott Moyers

Vice President and Publisher

Scott Moyers is Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Press. He began his career in Doubleday’s editorial department, where he worked from 1991 to 1995 before moving to Scribner as Associate Editor. In 1998, Mr. Moyers joined Ann Godoff at Random House, where he rose to the position of Senior Editor. Mr. Moyers then joined Ms. Godoff for the founding of Penguin Press in 2003. Four years later, Mr. Moyers was appointed Director of the New York office of the Wylie Agency; he returned to Penguin Press in 2011 as Publisher.

Penguin Press Newsroom

May 9, 2014

PENGUIN GROUP (USA) HAS 7 BOOKS ON THE 2014 PEN LITERARY AWARDS LONGLISTS The 2014 PEN Literary Awards Longlists were announced this week and 7 books published by Penguin Group (USA) are in the running for the following awards: PEN/Monstein-Spiel Vogel Award for the Art of the Essay: The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) PEN/O. […]

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April 16, 2014

Lewis Dartnell, one of the brightest young scientists of his generation, proposes in his new book, The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch, that the key to preserving civilization in an apocalyptic scenario is to provide a quick-start guide, adapted to cataclysmic circumstances. If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral […]

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Command and Control
April 3, 2014

Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control (The Penguin Press) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the Non-Fiction Category. Since 1931, the California Book Awards have strived to annually recognize the state’s best writers and illuminate the wealth and diversity of California-based literature.This year’s award winners will be announced on June 9 at the Commonwealth Club in […]

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