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.
Dutton’s roster of bestselling fiction authors includes Jennifer Chiaverini, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jonathan Tropper, Riley Sager, and Fiona Davis 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), Craig Unger (House of Trump, House of Putin), Drew Barrymore (Wildflower), Adam Makos, Larry Alexander, Alex Kershaw, Jonathan W. Jordan, Major Dick Winters, Hugh Ambrose, and Seth Meyerowitz.
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 Dutton’s 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, Tamer Elnoury, Col. Chris Hadfield, Oakley Hall, Annie Jacobsen, Sam Kean, Beth Macy, Don Mann, Kevin Mitnick, Willie Nelson, Joshua Ramo, Mariano Rivera, Tavis Smiley, Brad Stone, Craig Unger, Max Uriarte, and Alan Weisman. Authors John has worked with have won or been finalists for the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize, Lukas Prize, NBCC Award, PEN Awards, and Pulitzer Prize.
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 Times bestsellers 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; and preeminent science journalist Carl Zimmer whose magisterial She Has Her Mother’s Laugh was hailed as a leading contender for the most outstanding nonfiction book of 2018.
Upcoming titles include Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked an Electric Revolution to End the Age of Oil by Hamish MacKenzie; Burned: A True Story of Murder and the Crime that Wasn’t by Pulitzer prizewinning author Edward Humes; and The Charleston Submarine: A Scientist Unlocks One of the Last Great Civil War Mysteries by underwater explosive trauma expert Rachel Lance. 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 and 2019 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, Caitlin Moscatello’s narrative about women running for office in 2018 See Jane Run, Alexandra Robbin’s revealing and shocking narrative Fraternity, 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.
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 Hank Green’s debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, My Own Devices by rapper and essayist, Dessa, New York Times bestseller The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by journalist Kayleen Schaefer; and The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, a debut story collection from Michael Andreasen.
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.
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.
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’s list features New York Times bestselling authors Jussi Adler-Olsen, Joseph Finder, Bryan Reardon, Daniel Suarez, Brad Taylor, and acclaimed travel writer Mark Adams. Recent and upcoming titles include the New York Times bestsellers Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman and Ballplayer by eight-time All-Star Chipper Jones; The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean; Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams; Judgment by Joseph Finder; and Brad Parks’ latest thriller, The Last Act.
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.