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 Harlan Coben, Jennifer Chiaverini, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Brad Taylor, and Jonathan Tropper, among others.
Bestselling nonfiction authors include Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu), Sean Carroll (The Big Picture and 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 Organized Mind), Clinton Romesha (Red Platoon), Nick Offerman (Good Clean Fun, Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe), Mark Owen (No Easy Day and No Hero) and Drew Barrymore (Wildflower).
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 award winning author Sean Carroll, whose latest book, The Big Picture, On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Upcoming titles include Daniel Levitin’s Weaponized Lies, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh by esteemed science journalist Carl Zimmer, and Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil by Hamish McKenzie and The All-Or-Nothing Marriage by social psychologist Eli J. Finkel. 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. 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.
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. Recent and 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.
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.
Prior to arriving at Dutton, Brent was an Executive Editor at Berkley/NAL, where he published such works as Brothers Rivals Victors by Jonathan W. Jordan, The Dead and Those About to Die by John C. McManus, Act of War by Jack Cheevers, and The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee.
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.