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.
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.
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.
Senior VP, Publisher
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.
Executive Director of Marketing
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.
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 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.
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.
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 2019 and 2020 list includes See Jane Win, Caitlin Moscatello’s narrative about women running for office in 2018, Steven M. Gillon’s revealing new biography about JFK Jr., America’s Reluctant Prince, pop culture celebrations of The Office and Friends, 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.
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.
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 joined Dutton in March 2017, specializing in nonfiction with a focus on history, biography, military, politics and food. In a career spanning fourteen years, he has worked with a wide range of authors, including Daniel Stone, John C. McManus, Alex Kershaw, Luke Barr, William C. Davis, Harold Holzer, David O. Stewart, Greg Lewis, Phillips Payson O’Brien, John Oller, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Mark Jacobson, Rachel S. Cox, Gregory A. Freeman, Gregg Jones, John S.D. Eisenhower, R.V. Burgin, Brandon Webb, Larry Alexander, Jonathan W. Jordan, and Jack Cheevers.
Forthcoming books include New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw’s The First Wave, a thrilling, immersive tale of D-Day heroism; John C. McManus’s Fire and Fortitude, an epic history of the US Army in the Pacific War; David L. Roll’s George Marshall: Defender of the Republic, the definitive biography of one of America’s most distinguished soldier–statesman; and William C. Davis’s The Greatest Fury, a magisterial new account of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
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.
Upcoming books she’s excited to publish include Andrew Hunter Murray’s debut The Last Day, a near-future thriller in which the earth has ceased rotating and humanity’s future may lie in the hands of an ordinary woman who has stumbled upon a terrible secret; Abi Daré’s debut novel The Girl with the Louding Voice, following a young Nigerian girl desperate to get an education so she can have the power to speak for herself; David Klass’s fast-paced thriller (title to be announced) in which a young FBI agent confronts an “environmental terrorist” who believes his attacks may save the world; and S.K Barnett’s twisty psychological suspense novel Back, about a young woman kidnapped twelve years earlier who finally escapes her captors–only to find that home may not be the safe haven she expected.