Overview

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 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 (Something Deeply Hidden and The Big Picture ), 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 (The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Good Clean Fun, Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe), Steven Gillon (America’s Reluctant Prince), Mark Owen (No Easy Day and No Hero), Craig Unger (House of Trump, House of Putin), Drew Barrymore (Wildflower), Adam Makos (A Higher Call), Larry Alexander (A Higher Call), Alex Kershaw (Avenue of Spies), Jonathan W. Jordan (Brothers, Rivals, Victors), Major Dick Winters (Beyond Band of Brothers), Hugh Ambrose (The Pacific), and Seth Meyerowitz (The Lost Airman).

History of Dutton

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), James Beard, Peter Matthiessen, Jorge Luis Borges, Gavin Maxwell, Joyce Carol Oates, Gore Vidal, Gail Sheehy (Passages), Ayn Rand, and Mickey Spillane. Dutton joined the Penguin Publishing Group in 1986, and in 2015 became an imprint of the newly merged Penguin Random House.

Meet Dutton

Ivan Held

President

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

Senior VP, Publisher

Christine Ball is Senior Vice President, Publisher for Dutton, Putnam, Berkley, and their imprints. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing after serving as publicity director at Crown. She was named Vice President in 2011, Associate Publisher in 2012, and Publisher in 2017. She was recently recognized by Girls Write Now as an “Agent of Change.” Across her roles in publicity, marketing, and as publisher, Christine has overseen the campaigns for many bestselling and award-winning authors including Rick Atkinson, Paul Auster, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Hank Green, Jasmine Guillory, Tami Hoag, Daniel Levitin, Barack Obama, Nick Offerman, and Delia Owens.

John Parsley

VP, Editor-in-Chief

John Parsley oversees the editorial department of Dutton and its imprints Plume and Caliber, in addition to acquiring a focused list of nonfiction and fiction titles. John was previously VP, Executive Editor at Little, Brown. He has edited many New York Times bestsellers, and authors John has worked with have won or been finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award, Edgar Award, Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize, Lukas Prize, NBCC Award, Orion Book Award, PEN Awards, and Pulitzer Prize.

Recent and upcoming titles on John’s list include Timothy Winegard’s bestselling history debut The Mosquito; Andre Iguodala’s bestselling memoir The Sixth Man, selected by President Obama as a favorite book of 2019; Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten’s One Day, “one of the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years” (Slate); Confessions of an Innocent Man, David Dow’s debut novel and a Wall Street Journal “best book of the year”; Facebook: The Inside Story, Wired contributor Steven Levy’s essential book on the company; House on Fire, the new novel by New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder; Pulitzer finalist Annie Jacobsen’s new book investigating government secrets; E.G. Scott’s thrilling second novel, In Case of Emergency>; and a memoir by former New York Met David Wright.

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Benjamin Lee

VP, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks

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.

 

Amanda Walker

Director of Publicity

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 many nonfiction and fiction authors, including Hank Green, Daniel J. Levitin, Tamer Elnoury, W. Kamau Bell, 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 Hank Green’s #1 bestseller An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, the Parkland High School March For Our Lives Founders’ Glimmer of Hope, 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.

Stephanie Cooper

Director of Marketing

Stephanie Cooper is Director of Marketing for Dutton and Plume. She has more than 12 years of experience marketing bestselling trade books, including literary and commercial women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir, and pop culture and design books. Most recently, as Marketing Director at HarperCollins Publishers, she led bestselling marketing campaigns for Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, Mitch Albom, Jacqueline Winspear, Mark Manson, Mary Karr, Peggy Orenstein, Roxane Gay, and Peter Schweizer, among many other authors. In her current role, she works with bestselling franchise authors including Lisa Gardner, Riley Sager, Fiona Davis, and more.

Stephen Morrow

VP, Executive Editor

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 Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime by Sean Carroll; Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives by Daniel Levitin; and In the Waves: My Mission to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine by 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

Editorial Director

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. Recent and upcoming Dutton titles include The Office, Andy Green’s oral history of the iconic show, Robyn Crawford’s A Song For You, a memoir about her memorable friendship with Whitney Houston, Steven M. Gillon’s revealing biography about JFK Jr., America’s Reluctant Prince, See Jane Win, and New York Times bestselling author Janice Kaplan’s The Genius of Women. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, and Jeff Tweedy’s Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back) and four books by Nick Offerman, including The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, co-written with Megan Mullally.

Jill is also Editorial Director of Plume, where her recent and upcoming books include Rachel Bertsche’s The Kids Are in Bed and Victoria Turk’s Kill Reply All.

Maya Ziv

Executive Editor

Maya Ziv joined Dutton in September 2015 as an Executive Editor focusing on commercial and literary fiction with popular appeal. Recent and upcoming titles include Hank Green’s #1 New York Times bestseller An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan, Lock Every Door the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author 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, and the national bestselling The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen.

Brent Howard

Executive Editor

Brent Howard joined Dutton in March 2017, specializing in nonfiction with a focus on history, biography, military, politics and food. In a career spanning fifteen years, he has worked with a wide range of authors, including Daniel Stone, Harold Holzer, Alex Kershaw, John C. McManus, Luke Barr, Kevin Maurer, William C. Davis, David O. Stewart, Mark Updegrove, David L. Roll, Phillips Payson O’Brien, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, John Oller, Gregory A. Freeman, John S.D. Eisenhower, Brandon Webb, Larry Alexander, Jonathan W. Jordan, and Jack Cheevers.

Recent and upcoming titles include New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw’s The First Wave, David L. Roll’s George Marshall: Defender of the Republic, John C. McManus’s Fire and Fortitude, Tim McGrath’s James Monroe: A Life, Harold Holzer’s The Presidents Vs. The Press, and Daniel P. Bolger’s The Panzer Killers.

Lindsey Rose

Executive Editor

Lindsey Rose joined Dutton in January 2019 as an executive editor with a particular focus on thrillers, crime, and suspense, as well as upmarket and commercial fiction.

Before coming to Dutton, Lindsey began her career at Grand Central Publishing, where she had the privilege of working with many bestselling and award-winning authors including David Baldacci, Iris Johansen, the Robert Ludlum Estate, Jeff Abbott, Sarah Blaedel, Robert Bryndza, Louise Jensen, Margaret Maron, M.C. Beaton, Marcia Muller, Eric Van Lustbader, Kyle Mills, Jamie Freveletti, and Nalo Hopkinson.

Recent and upcoming titles include Abi Daré’s powerful voice-driven Nigeria-set debut The Girl with the Louding Voice, Andrew Hunter Murray’s visionary near-future thriller The Last Day, S.K Barnett’s twisty and explosive psychological suspense novel Safe, Ros Anderson’s deeply thoughtful feminist novel about the rise of artificial intelligence The Hierarchies, David Klass’s fast-paced eco-thriller Out of Time, and #1 internationally bestselling author Tara Moss’s glamorous post-WWII historical novel The War Widow.

Stephanie Kelly

Editor

Stephanie Kelly joined Dutton in 2011, where she began as assistant to the publisher. She became an editor in 2017, and acquires both fiction and nonfiction. She is interested in psychological thrillers, suspense, commercial fiction, women’s fiction, and fresh, platform driven narrative nonfiction especially with a pop culture, humorous, millennial, or feminist bent. Her authors include New York Times bestselling authors Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Hannah Shaw, and national bestseller Fiona Davis.

Recent and forthcoming titles include Stolen Things by R.H. Herron, Theme Music by T. Marie Vandelly, Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines by Hannah Shaw, The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline, The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis, and Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie.