A small list with a huge audience, Dutton is a boutique imprint within the largest English-language publisher in the world. Publicity—and marketing—driven, its focused list of less than fifty books per year is half fiction and half nonfiction. Dutton’s imprints include Caliber and Plume.
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.
Ivan Held is President of Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. He currently oversees business, editorial, and publishing strategies for Putnam and Berkley.
Ivan started his career as a bookseller in Washington, DC, before moving to the publicity department at Random House, where he worked with authors ranging from Norman Mailer to General Colin Powell. In the late 1990s he was named VP/Associate Publisher and Marketing Director for the Viking imprint of Penguin. Before returning to Penguin in 2005, he founded the Random House Trade Paperbacks imprint at Random House.
Senior VP, Publisher
Christine Ball is Senior Vice President, Publisher for Dutton, Putnam, and Berkley. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. She was named Vice President in 2011 and Associate Publisher in 2012. 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.
John Parsley oversees the editorial department and works closely with President Ivan Held and Senior VP, Publisher Christine Ball on acquisitions. John was previously VP, Executive Editor at Little, Brown, and he has edited many New York Times bestsellers and prize winners, including works by Harlan Coben, Walter R. Borneman, Seth Casteel, Col. Chris Hadfield, Oakley Hall, Annie Jacobsen, Sam Kean, Beth Macy, Don Mann, Kevin Mitnick, Joshua Ramo, Mariano Rivera, Willie Nelson, Tavis Smiley, Brad Stone, Max Uriarte, and Alan Weisman. Prior to Little, Brown he was with St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne.
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.
Executive Director of Marketing
Carrie Swetonic is the Executive Director of Marketing for 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, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Brad Taylor, Timothy Keller, Julie Garwood, and many, many others. She and her staff develop the marketing strategies for Dutton’s entire list.
Director of Publicity
Amanda Walker joined Dutton as Publicist in 2007 and was named Director in 2014. In her Dutton career, she has created and implemented bestselling campaigns for authors as diverse as Jonathan Tropper, Daniel J. Levitin, Joseph Finder, Ken Follett, Tracy Chevalier, John Hodgman, and Dan Savage. In addition to managing the publicity department and developing publicity strategies for the entire list, Amanda works directly with many Dutton authors and has orchestrated publicity campaigns for breakout bestselling books including Clint Romesha’s Red Platoon, Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You, and Mark Adams’ Turn Right at Machu Picchu, 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 Simon & Schuster.
VP, 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.
Upcoming titles include She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by esteemed science journalist Carl Zimmer, The All-Or-Nothing Marriage by social psychologist Eli J. Finkel, The Performance Cortex by New York Times sports reporter Zach Schonbrun, and The Spinning Magnet by award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell. 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.
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. In 2018 she was also named Editorial Director of Plume. Her 2018 list features three-time New York Times bestselling author Nick Offerman’s joint memoir with his wife, Megan Mullally, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, a memoir by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, a second book by Janice Kaplan, the New York Times bestselling author of The Gratitude Diaries, titled How Luck Happens, H Jon Benjamin’s Failure is an Option, Caitlin Moscatello’s See Jane Run, and Abby Maslin’s memoir Love You Hard. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, and John Taylor’s In the Pleasure Groove.
Before joining Dutton she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion and a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks, where she published the trade paperback original New York Times bestsellers Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, Gotcha Capitalism by Bob Sullivan, and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker.
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.
Brent Howard joined Dutton in March 2017, specializing in nonfiction with a focus on history, biography, military and politics. Forthcoming books include National Geographic writer Daniel Stone’s The Food Explorer, New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw’s The First Wave, acclaimed historian William C. Davis’s The Greatest Fury, and National Humanities Medal recipient Harold Holzer’s Immigration in the Time of Lincoln.
Jessica Renheim joined Dutton in 2007 and is now a Senior 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 New York Times bestselling authors John Hodgman, Stephen White, Richelle Mead, Linda Fairstein, Daniel Suarez, and Joseph Finder. Her list features former Special Forces Officer Brad Taylor, bestselling Danish writer Jussi-Adler Olsen, and acclaimed travel writer Mark Adams. Recent and upcoming titles include Brad Parks’ thriller, Say Nothing, the New York Times bestseller Ballplayer by eight-time All-Star Chipper Jones; The Driver by “Bones” creator Hart Hanson; The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean; The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen; and Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman.
Stephanie Kelly joined Dutton in 2011 as Publisher’s Assistant. She became an Editor in 2017, 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’s list features New York Times bestsellers Linda Fairstein, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, and David Wilcock, and national bestseller Fiona Davis. Recent and forthcoming titles include Fiona Davis’s The Masterpiece about New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, Too Close to Breathe, a debut thriller in the vein of Tana French, by Irish writer Oliva Kiernan, and Tami Hoag’s latest thriller, The Boy.
Katie Zaborsky looks to acquire both fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in character-driven literary and upmarket fiction, and for non-fiction projects, she’s seeking narrative nonfiction, memoir, humor, and pop culture books, especially those written through a cross-cultural lens. In both categories, she is particularly looking for books set in Soviet-era and present day Eastern Europe.
Recent and upcoming titles include Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson, Take Me With You by Andrea Gibson, Sweet & Low by Nick White, and New Erotica for Feminists by the co-founders of the comedy and satire website, The Belladonna.