Plume is dedicated to finding and championing a select group of new nonfiction voices in the genres of pop culture, cultural and feminist statements, influencers in the food, wine, and lifestyle space, and humorous and whimsical gift books. Notable successes include New York Times bestsellers Hannah Shaw’s Tiny But Mighty, Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair, Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink, Louisa Thomsen Brits’s The Book of Hygge, Anne Helen Petersen’s Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Marissa A. Ross’s Wine. All the Time, Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying, and Kerby Rosanes’s many coloring books, most recently Worlds Within Worlds and Colormorphia.
Plume was founded in 1970 as the trade paperback imprint of New American Library. In its early history, Plume focused primarily on nonfiction titles, publishing approximately 35 titles per year. In the early 1980s, as trade paperbacks were rapidly becoming the format of choice among a large segment of book buyers, Plume began expanding its reach, and became recognized as one of the pre-eminent trade paperback imprints. Today, Plume is part of the Dutton imprint, and publishes in all formats but continues a commitment to trade paperback excellence. Plume’s perennial classics, many recently repackaged, include August Wilson’s Fences and the rest of the Pittsburgh cycle, Danica McKellar’s Math Doesn’t Suck, Martin Duberman’s Stonewall, Bernice McFadden’s Sugar, Helena María Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, and Brian Har and Vanessa Woods’s The Genius of Dogs, as well as best-selling fiction from Julia Álvarez, Diane Johnson, and Joyce Carol Oates.