Viking Penguin

Penguin Viking


Viking Penguin is comprised of Viking Books, Penguin Books, Penguin Classics, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin Life, and The Open Field.

Viking Books is a legendary imprint, founded in New York City in 1925, with a distinguished list of extraordinary writers. Viking’s name and its logo, a ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, were chosen as symbols of enterprise, adventure, and exploration in publishing, which are the guiding principles of the imprint. The founders had an openness both to tradition and to innovation in the arts, something we continue to see at Viking today, where we excel in bringing strong voices and big ideas to the largest possible audience. The Viking fiction list includes Geraldine Brooks, NoViolet Bulawayo, Tana French, Lev Grossman, Matt Haig, Sue Monk Kidd, Rebecca Makkai, Ruth Ozeki, and Amor Towles. Viking’s nonfiction authors—academics and intellectuals, journalists and experts—include Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Daniel James Brown, Adam Grant, Mikki Kendall, Chanel Miller, Nathaniel Philbrick, Steven Pinker, Sonia Purnell, Jen Sincero, Rebecca Solnit, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Adam Tooze, Bessel van der Kolk, and Elaine Welteroth. The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience with its call to be bold and fearless in our publishing.

Penguin Books is the industry leader in paperback publishing across the board: in its curation of its backlist catalog of almost 2,500 active titles; as the home of Viking’s paperback reprints; and as the publisher of a select list of paperback originals, distinguished most recently by numerous bestsellers by Johanna Basford and Mari Andrew, Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny, Paul Hawken’s Drawdown, Kassia St. Clair’s The Secret Lives of Color, and Halle Butler’s The New Me.

Penguin is also a notable publisher of poetry. The distinguished Penguin Poetry list is headlined by Terrance Hayes, Paul Tran, and Joshua Bennett, and brings out five volumes of poetry every year.

Viking Penguin editors also acquire for Penguin Life. Penguin Classics and Penguin Life editors also acquire for Viking Penguin.

Meet the Team