Viking Books

Viking Books


Viking is a legendary imprint with a distinguished list of extraordinary writers in both fiction and nonfiction. The Viking Press was founded in New York City on March 1, 1925, by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheimer. When the Viking logo, a ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, was chosen as a symbol of enterprise, adventure, and exploration in publishing, the popular authors included Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, and D.H. Lawrence.  Today, Viking boasts bestselling fiction authors like Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, Tana French, Elizabeth George, Sue Monk Kidd, Jojo Moyes, National Book Award Winner William Vollman, and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. In 1925, the Viking nonfiction writers included James Weldon Johnson and August Strindberg. Today, Viking’s critically and commercially successful nonfiction authors, include Nathaniel Philbrick, Daniel James Brown, Steven Pinker, Antony Beevor, and Timothy Keller.   From past to present, Viking authors not only keep winning prestigious awards but also dominate bestseller lists across the world.

By the late ‘30s, legendary editor Pascal Voici joined Viking, bringing John Steinbeck with him. After publishing Steinbeck’s first novel, Viking brought out The Grapes of Wrath (1939), as well as the first American edition of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake (1939) and Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (1938). Steinbeck and Greene would continue to publish with Viking for many years to come.

The 1950s saw Viking publish Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949) and The Crucible (1953). Saul Bellow began his long tenure at Viking with his third novel, The Adventures of Augie March. Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey were at the center of a cultural shift that would occur in the 1960s and ‘70s.  Viking also published William S. BurroughsHannah ArendtPeter Matthiessen, Barbara Tuchman, Wallace StegnerOctavio PazKingsley AmisRobert Coover, Lawrence Durrell, Frederick Forsyth, and Thomas Pynchon. In 1975, Viking was bought by Penguin Books and the company became known as Viking Penguin.

Viking Penguin’s prestigious Booker Prize-winning authors include Roddy Doyle for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and J. M. Coetzee, who became the first author to win the prize twice, for Life and Times of Michael K in (1983) and Disgrace in (1999). Coetzee went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

In recent years, Viking has been proud to publish Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GilbertIn the Heart of the Sea and Bunker Hill by Nathaniel PhilbrickToo Big to Fail by Andrew Ross SorkinThe Rules of Civility by Amor TowlesCaleb’s Crossing by Geraldine BrooksAnticancer by David Servan-Schreiber, Faithful Place, The Likeness, Broken Harbor and The Secret Place by Tana French, A Delicate Truth by John LeCarréWho Asked You? by Terry McMillanThe Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker.

Viking has also had particular success in the high end supernatural/alternate worlds category, making recent bestsellers out of novels by Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, Danielle Trussoni, and Jasper Fforde.

Viking currently publishes approximately 75 books a year.  The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience.  Readers, both American and international, appreciate Viking for its depth, its breadth, its uniqueness, and its originality.  The adventure and spirit of Viking endure.


The Nobel Prize for Literature

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

The Pulitzer Prize for History

The National Book Award

The National Book Critics Circle Award

The Booker Prize

The Pen/Faulkner Award for American Fiction

The PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel

The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Best First Book of Nonfiction

The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Translation

The MacArthur Prize

The Whiting Award

The Wolfson History Prize

Meet Viking Books


Brian Tart

President and Publisher

Brian Tart was named president and publisher of Viking in January 2015. Before joining Viking, he was the president and publisher of Dutton for nine years. He had joined the Penguin Group in 1998 as Dutton’s editor in chief. Tart has edited many fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, including spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of the six-million-copy bestseller A New Earth, which spent seven months at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He also edited John Hodgman, author of the New York Times bestselling The Areas of My Expertise trilogy; Dan Savage, national columnist and award-winning author of The Kid and It Gets Better; and Mark Adams’s New York Times bestseller, Turn Right at Machu Picchu. Tart also edits Timothy Keller, whose book The Reason for God was World magazine’s Book of the Year; Eric Metaxas, whose biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer became an international bestseller, as has his latest book, Miracles; and Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lynley series and the #1 New York Times bestseller Believing the Lie. As a publisher, Tart launched the #1 bestselling campaigns for Ken Follett, Al Franken, Harlan Coben, Tracy Chevalier, Tami Hoag, and Mark Owen, author of No Easy Day. Before joining Dutton, Tart was a senior editor at Bantam Books, where he started his publishing career as an editorial assistant.


Andrea Schulz

Editor in Chief

Andrea Schulz joined Viking as editor in chief in January 2015. Previously she was the editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she spent twelve years publishing literary fiction, mysteries, and narrative nonfiction. Among the books she has edited are the New York Times bestsellers The Big Burn and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan; the award-winning Claire DeWitt mysteries by Sara Gran; the national bestsellers Animals Make Us Human and The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin; the New York Times bestseller Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William Mann; and the novels How to Start a Fire and Girl Waits with Gun by bestsellers Lisa Lutz and Amy Stewart, respectively. Her other authors have included Alexander Chee, Rana Dasgupta, Elly Griffiths, Edward Hirsch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elinor Lipman, and Paul Theroux. She began her career as a bookseller and worked at Princeton University Press, Ballantine Books, Henry Holt, and Da Capo/Perseus.


Carolyn Coleburn

Vice President, Director of Publicity

Carolyn Coleburn joined Viking publicity in 1996. She became director in 1999 and was named vice president in 2005. Coleburn manages the publicity department and works directly with Viking’s high-profile authors, including Sue Monk Kidd, Jojo Moyes, Nathaniel Philbrick, Lynne Cheney, Sir Ken Robinson, and Tana French. In addition to creating the publicity strategies for the entire Viking and Pamela Dorman Books list, Coleburn has orchestrated publicity campaigns for breakout bestsellers such as The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Malcolm X by Manning Marable, Give and Take by Adam Grant, Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, landing all respective authors on the New York Times list for the first time in their careers. Before joining Viking, Coleburn worked in publicity at Penguin Books and Ballantine.


Kate Stark

Vice President, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing

Kate Stark is vice president, associate publisher, and director of marketing for Viking Books and Riverhead Books. She joined Penguin in 2004 and has worked on numerous New York Times bestselling titles, including Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Dan H. Pink’s Drive, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and more recently Steven Johnson’s How We Got To Now, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband Secret and Big Little Lies, Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, and Paula Hawkins’s Girl on the Train. Stark has developed marketing campaigns for Khaled Hosseini, Junot Diaz, Jon Ronson, Emma Straub, Meg Wolitzer, Sue Grafton, and John Sandford. Prior to joining Penguin she worked at HarperCollins.


Wendy Wolf

Vice President, Associate Publisher

Wendy Wolf, vice president and associate publisher, has been an editor at Viking since 1994. She has edited a wide range of New York Times bestselling nonfiction titles in history, science, psychology, biography, politics, education, current affairs, and popular culture. In 2013 she edited The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and has now sold more than one million copies. She has edited six books by historian Nathaniel Philbrick, including In the Heart of the Sea (winner of the National Book Award) and Mayflower (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); four books by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, including The Blank Slate (a Pulitzer finalist), The Better Angels of Our Nature, and his most recent bestseller, The Sense of Style; two books by Jared Diamond (Collapse and The World Until Yesterday); Norman Doidge’s The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing; and Lynne Cheney’s biography James Madison, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. Wolf edited Manning Marable’s Malcolm X, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle. Her other authors include Ahmed Rashid, Rafe Esquith, Jerry Coyne, Maria Konnikova, David Rohde, David Plouffe, Matt Groening, Kevin Phillips, Elaine Pagels, and James Carroll. Before joining Viking, she was an editor at HarperCollins and Pantheon Books.


Pamela Dorman

Vice President, Publisher

Pamela Dorman is vice president and publisher of Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. In her more than twenty-five years at Penguin, Dorman has acquired and edited the multimillion-copy #1 bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, and The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, which was the first selection of the Oprah Book Club. She founded Pamela Dorman Books in 2008, where she has focused on fiction—especially well-written, accessible debut fiction. Recent bestsellers include Jojo Moyes (Me Before You, One Plus One, and others), Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt), Paolo Giordano (The Solitude of Prime Numbers), and acclaimed Southern debuts including Laura Lane McNeal’s Dollbaby and Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar, which was recently optioned by Oprah Winfrey for the OWN Network. Dorman also publishes upmarket suspense fiction and occasionally nonfiction, including memoirs (the bestselling The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan and Perfection by Julie Metz), psychology, and books geared toward women’s interests. She began her publishing career at St. Martin’s Press, is a summa cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University, and loves knitting and dogs.


Paul Slovak

Executive Editor

Executive Editor Paul Slovak edits a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including memoir, cultural history, and natural history. In fiction, he is interested in writers who have exuberant, distinctive voices and the ability to find new ways of telling stories and fresh and surprising ways of imagining characters. Over the last fifteen years, Slovak has published fiction by T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Choi, Roddy Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, A. M. Homes, Sue Monk Kidd, William Kennedy, Stewart O’Nan, Amor Towles, and William T. Vollmann, whose 2005 novel Europe Central won the National Book Award. Recent fiction bestsellers Slovak has edited include The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. In nonfiction, Slovak is looking for writers who marry felicity of expression with daring, original ideas; he has a special interest in authors who are living in and writing about the western United States. Over the years he has published memoirs with Elizabeth Gilbert, A. M. Homes, David Byrne, and Leslie Marmon Silko; books about the future with Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly; and works of natural and cultural history by such writers as Robert Macfarlane and Rebecca Solnit, whose 2003 book, River of Shadows, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.


Carole DeSanti

Vice President, Executive Editor

Carole DeSanti is vice president and executive editor at Viking Penguin, where she is known for championing high-quality literary and commercial fiction, breaking out new voices, and seeking forward-looking and innovative topics and writers. DeSanti’s fiction list includes Dorothy Allison’s contemporary classic Bastard out of Carolina; Melissa Bank’s The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing; the novels of Terry McMillan; Booker Prize finalist Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being; the #1 bestselling novels of Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life; Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics; and debut novelist Rebecca Scherm’s Unbecoming. Her nonfiction includes titles in the memoir, health, and psychology area, including David Servan-Schreiber’s bestselling Anticancer, A New Way of Life; Jungian analyst Marion Woodman’s Bone; George Hodgman’s bestselling memoir, Bettyville; and Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s The Gene Therapy Plan.


Rick Kot

Executive Editor

Rick Kot, a native of Chicago, is a graduate of Stanford University. He has edited a broad range of nonfiction (as well as the occasional novel) in areas ranging from current affairs to science, business, history, biography, and the arts. Among his titles are the New York Times bestsellers Bryan Burrough and John Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate; Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail; Barbra Streisand’s A Passion for Design; Rosanne Cash’s Composed; Joe Queenan’s Closing Time; John Thavis’s The Vatican Diaries; Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind and The Singularity Is Near; Robert J. Wagner’s You Must Remember This; Craig Nelson’s Rocket Men; Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest; John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience and The Nixon Defense; David J. Linden’s The Compass of Pleasure; Eric Alterman and Mark Green’s The Book on Bush; Donald Kagan’s The Peloponnesian War; and Mark Kriegel’s Namath. Other titles include Dennis Overbye’s Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos (National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Book Award nominee); Samuel Freedman’s Small Victories (National Book Award nominee); and memoirs by Renée Fleming (The Inner Voice); Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow; Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael (New York Times Notable Book); Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start and Enchantment; Bill Carter’s The War for Late Night; Colin Woodard’s American Nations; and J. Craig Venter’s Life at the Speed of Light.


Joy de Menil

Executive Editor

Joy de Menil joined Viking as an executive editor in 2008 from the Atlantic, where she edited a number of feature pieces that were turned into bestselling books. Before that she was the editorial director for nonfiction at William Heinemann in London following a long stint at the Random House imprint in New York, where she published the #1 New York Times bestsellers Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and The Crisis of Islam by Bernard Lewis, and many other award-winning bestsellers, from Margaret MacMillan’s Paris 1919, Anthony Everett’s Cicero, and Ann Wroe’s Pontius Pilate to Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Richard Holbrooke’s To End a War, and the many influential political travel books of Robert Kaplan. At Viking she has developed an outstanding list of historians, with a string of award-winning bestsellers, including A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor, Christianity by Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Plantagents by Dan Jones, and Napoleon by Andrew Roberts. She divides her time between Washington and New York and also publishes political books (such as Mike Lofgren’s bestselling The Party Is Over and Clive Stafford Smith’s The Injustice System) and books on business/economics (Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down) and science (Callum Roberts’s The Ocean of Life) as well as powerful narrative nonfiction such as My Berlin Kitchen, In the Basement of the Ivory Tower, and The Art Detective. A graduate of Harvard University, she is a member of the Washington Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chairman of the US board of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a nonprofit working in Afghanistan.

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Laura Tisdel

Executive Editor

Laura Tisdel began her career as a publicist and later as an editor at Viking. She returned to Viking as an executive editor in 2015 after several years as an editor at Little, Brown and Company. She acquires literary fiction and is drawn to voice-driven stories and novels that communicate a strong sense of place and deep connection to an irresistible cast of characters. She also acquires narrative nonfiction and memoirs, and is particularly eager to find perspectives that provide a revealing, deep-dive look at undiscovered or overlooked subjects, books that deal with issues important to women and parents, and stories with a sense of humor. She is proud to have edited a number of bestselling, prize-winning, and acclaimed books, including the Booker finalist and PEN Hemingway Award–winning We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, the New York Times bestseller The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg, The Magician King by Lev Grossman, Paris Versus New York by the visual artist Vahram Muratyan, the acclaimed debut novel The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth, the forthcoming debut novel Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey, and the memoirs Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness by Catherine Newman.


Allison Lorentzen

Senior Editor

Allison Lorentzen joined Viking as a senior editor in 2012. She edits a range of literary and upmarket fiction and is often drawn to novels with memorable voices, a sense of humor, and characters both familiar and unique. Her recent fiction projects include the #1 New York Times bestseller The Magician’s Land, the third novel in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy, and the Los Angeles Times bestselling debut mystery novel Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little. She also edits narrative nonfiction, with a focus on popular culture and reportage, including the New York Times bestseller My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr, and journalist Stephen Witt’s first book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy. She has worked with writers Val Brelinski, Mark Chiusano, Caleb Crain, Rebecca Curtis, Ariel Djanikian, Rajia Hassib, Tanwi Nandini Islam, Eddie Joyce, Benjamin Lytal, Karan Mahajan, Yannick Murphy, Stan Parish, Meg Rosoff, Jacob Rubin, and Neely Tucker. Prior to Viking, Lorentzen was an editor at Penguin Books and HarperCollins. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she is a founding editor of n+1


Melanie Tortoroli


Melanie Tortoroli, editor, acquires nonfiction across a range of subjects, including history, science (especially brain books), nature, narrative journalism, memoir, travel, and food writing. She is looking for writers who shed new perspectives on the past, academics ready to move into trade, and visionaries who excel at explaining how the world works, be it through a scientific discovery or a fresh take on culture and current affairs. She’s edited John Hooper, Adam Tooze, William Rosen, Doug J. Swanson, Stanislas Dehaene, Richard Overy, Susan Southard, Dr. Clark Elliott, and Dominic Lieven, among others. Prior to joining Viking, Tortoroli spent four years at W. W. Norton, where she worked on award-winning cookbooks and with John W. Dower on his National Book Award finalist, Cultures of War. She’s a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in social studies and grew up in London and Rome, Italy, before settling in New York City.

Viking Books Newsroom

November 4, 2015

The Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award for the Best Foreign Novel of the 21st Century has been awarded to Viking/Penguin author Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being .  The award ceremony for the 13th annual Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award, which was founded by the Leo Tolstoy Museum & Estate and Samsung Electronics, took […]

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October 14, 2015

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Viking) debuts at #12 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for the week of October 25th.Geraldine has appeared for interviews on NPR / “Weekend Edition”  and  NPR / “Diane Rehm Show”  and  rave reviews of The Secret Chord ran in San Francisco Chronicle,, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, […]

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September 30, 2015

The literary journal Kirkus Reviews has announced the finalists for its 2015 book prizes, and two Penguin Publishing Group authors and their books are in the running for awards: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead) in the fiction category and The Deluge by Adam Tooze (Viking) in the nonfiction category.  The Kirkus Prize was founded by Kirkus Reviews […]

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