THE PENGUIN PRESS, AN IMPRINT OF PENGUIN GROUP (USA), APPOINTS SCOTT MOYERS PUBLISHER

Moyers Returns to The Penguin Press as Ann Godoff Announces Plans to Expand the Imprint's Frontlist by 50 Percent

New York, New York, May 10, 2011…Ann Godoff, President and Editor in Chief, The Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), is bringing back Scott Moyers as Publisher, it was announced today by Susan Petersen Kennedy, President, Penguin Group (USA). Mr. Moyers' appointment is effective May 16 and he will report to Ms. Godoff.

When The Penguin Press was founded by Ms. Godoff in 2003 and introduced its first list in Winter 2004, Mr. Moyers was Senior Editor and played a key role in the imprint's immediate success. The Penguin Press has been profitable every year from the very beginning. Three of its titles have won the Pulitzer Prize, most recently Ron Chernow's Washington: A Life in the biography category, and a significant number of its books have become New York Times bestsellers, including major titles by such award-winning, bestselling authors as Michael Pollan, Thomas Pynchon, Maira Kalman, Niall Ferguson, Steve Coll and Zadie Smith, among many others.

Susan Kennedy commented, "We had every confidence that when The Penguin Press launched its first list the imprint would grow into a significant contributing entity within the Group. The imprint has been profitable every year. With Scott Moyers rejoining Ann's outstanding publishing team, it is certain that The Penguin Press will continue to grow and be a home for serious thinkers."

Mr. Moyers' reputation as being among the most important editors in the industry was well established when he left The Penguin Press to join The Wylie Agency in 2007. During his time as an agent, he participated in many industry changing initiatives on the part of this clients and successfully placed their books with every publisher. Mr. Moyers' unique experience as an editor and an agent will be invaluable to The Penguin Press.

Ann Godoff said, "Scott has been my friend and colleague, on both sides of the publishing conversation, for many years. His return to The Penguin Press, the publishing program we established together, insures that our growth plan will continue to center on quality and be informed by the breadth of his experience and dedication to his authors."

Mr. Moyers said, "I'm moved and honored to be rejoining the house that I love most and had such joy in helping Ann Godoff build. From its inception, The Penguin Press has been devoted to the support of ideas that matter and storytelling that lasts; this opportunity to join in the good work of growing the imprint while staying true to its first principles is thrilling."

The return of Mr. Moyers coincides with The Penguin Press' commitment to expanding its frontlist by 50 percent in course of the next year. This growth strategy is central to Penguin Group (USA)'s core belief that significant, conversation-changing content is vital to addressing the challenges that face the world at large.

Mrs. Kennedy adds, "At Penguin, we believe that people will always want to read great books, and that the ability of a publisher to find and further these great books matters more now than ever before. That has been at the heart of Penguin Group (USA)'s imprint strategy for the past ten years. We have created new imprints that reflect the publishers' passions and visions. This organic approach has brought about such start-ups as Portfolio, our business imprint, Razorbill, a Young Readers imprint, and Celebra, an imprint devoted to Hispanic celebrities. They also have contributed to the company's outstanding performance over the years."

NOTE TO THE PRESS:

The Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), was founded by Ann Godoff in 2003 and launched its first list in Winter 2004. Notable Penguin Press authors include Michael Pollan, Ron Chernow, Henry Kissinger, Steve Coll, Maira Kalman, Niall Ferguson, Zadie Smith, Liaquat Ahamed, Frank Rich, Amy Chua, Daniel Yergin, Sapphire, Thomas E. Ricks, Roger Lowenstein, Alexandra Fuller, Tony Judt, John Berendt, Ken Auletta, and Clay Shirky, among others.

Awards and prizes that Penguin Press books have received include three Pulitzer Prizes: Ghost Wars by Steve Coll (for General Nonfiction, 2005); Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed (for History, 2010) and Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (for Biography, 2011). In addition, Zadie Smith's On Beauty won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. And Michael Pollan won two James Beard Book Awards in the "Writing on Food" category, for The Omnivore's Dilemma (2007) and In Defense of Food (2009).

A number of Penguin Press authors have been recognized among Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," including Niall Ferguson (2004), Jeffrey Sachs (2005), Zadie Smith (2006), Al Gore (2007), Nouriel Roubini (2009), Michael Pollan (2010) and Amy Chua (2011).

To date, 31 percent of all Penguin Press hardcover titles published have been New York Times bestsellers. Fiasco by Thomas E. Ricks, The Assault on Reason by Al Gore and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan have been #1 New York Times bestsellers.

 

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne, among others. The Penguin Group (www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

 

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