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 recent and upcoming bestselling and notable fiction authors includes Abi Daré (The Girl with the Louding Voice), Fiona Davis (The Lions of Fifth Avenue and The Dollhouse), Eric Jerome Dickey (The Business of Lovers and Before We Were Wicked), Joseph Finder (House on Fire and Judgment), Lisa Gardner (When You See Me and Never Tell), Hank Green (A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing), Tami Hoag (The Boy), Jason Mott, Riley Sager (Home Before Dark and Final Girls), Adriana Trigiani, and Jonathan Tropper (This Is Where I Leave You), among others.

Recent and upcoming bestselling and notable nonfiction authors include Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu), Drew Barrymore (Wildflower), Sean Carroll (Something Deeply Hidden and The Big Picture ), Robyn Crawford (A Song for You), Steven Gillon (America’s Reluctant Prince), Maria Goodavage (Soldier Dogs and Top Dog),  Andre Iguodala (The Sixth Man), Daniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on MusicThe Organized Mind and Successful Aging), Nick Offerman (The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Good Clean Fun, Gumption and Paddle Your Own Canoe), Mark Owen (No Easy Day and No Hero), Clinton Romesha (Red Platoon), and Craig Unger (House of Trump, House of Putin)The Caliber military history imprint includes Larry Alexander (Bloody Ridge and Beyond),  Hugh Ambrose (The Pacific), Alex Kershaw (The First Wave), Adam Makos (A Higher Call), and Major Dick Winters (Beyond Band of Brothers).

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 and 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.

Meet More

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 top ten New York Times bestseller Successful Aging; acclaimed theoretical physicist and award-winning author Sean Carroll, whose latest book, Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime was an instant New York Times bestseller; and preeminent science journalist Carl Zimmer whose magisterial She Has Her Mother’s Laugh was a PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award Finalist and hailed as “Science Book of the Year” by The Guardian.

2020 titles include In the Waves: My Quest to Solve the Mystery of a Civil War Submarine by Duke biomedical engineer and blast-injury specialist Rachel Lance; Ingredients: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us by George Zaidan; Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection by Yale Professor Marissa King; The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars by Jo Marchant; and Math Without Numbers by Milo Beckman. 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, James Hibberd’s oral history of Game of Thrones Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, and Travis Andrews’ irreverent biography Because He’s Jeff Goldblum. Other New York Times bestsellers at Dutton include Drew Barrymore’s Wildflower, Brooke Shields’s There Was a Little Girl, Janice Kaplan’s The Gratitude Diaries, 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, Victoria Turk’s Kill Reply All, and Jessica Bacal’s The Rejection that Changed My Life.

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 Karma Brown’s B&N Discover pick Recipe for a Perfect Wife, Ilana Masad’s debut novel, All My Mother’s LoversHank Green’s A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, the bestselling sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Home Before Dark, the latest thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley SagerOn Being Human by Jennifer Pastiloff, and Text Me When you Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer.

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 upmarket and commercial fiction as well as thrillers, crime, and suspense.

Recent and upcoming titles include Abi Daré’s powerful voice-driven Nigeria-set debut The Girl with the Louding Voice, which was a New York Times bestseller and a #ReadWithJenna Today Show book club pick; Eileen Garvin’s heartwarming debut about second chances, unexpected friendship, and beekeeping The Music of Bees;  David Klass’s fast-paced eco-thriller Out of TimeS.K Barnett’s twisty and explosive psychological suspense novel Safe;  #1 internationally bestselling author Tara Moss’s glamorous post-WWII historical novel The War WidowJason Mott’s (co-edited with John Parsley) simultaneously funny and heart-wrenching novel Hell of a Book examining the toll of systemic racism and police violence on America; and Soon Wiley’s breathtaking debut novel about a Korean-American young man searching for a sense of identity while straddling both cultures.

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.

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, Fiona Davis, and Hannah Shaw.

Recent and forthcoming titles include by Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines by Hannah Shaw, The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline, The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey, The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis, Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie, and Body of Stars by Laura Maylene Walter.

Amber Oliver

Editor

Amber Oliver is an Editor at the Tiny Reparations, Dutton, Plume, and Berkley imprints, acquiring contemporary literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and select non-fiction (essay collections, memoir, humor, pop culture) that is well-written, culturally relevant, and totally engrossing. She is also particularly interested in lifting up own voices writers from marginalized communities. Amber was previously an associate editor at HarperCollins and has worked with authors such as Morgan Jerkins, Shayla Lawson, Ben Philippe, Lee Matalone, Yaffa S. Santos, Robin Page, Claire O’Dell, LaTanya McQueen, among others. She was a 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, graduated Cum Laude from The City College of New York (2015), with a BA in English, concentration in Creative Writing, is a graduate of the CCNY publishing certificate program, and was a Women’s Media Group Fellow in 2015.

Marya Pasciuto

Assistant Editor

Marya Pasciuto joined Dutton in July 2016, where she began as assistant to the publisher, and began acquiring nonfiction in 2018. She is interested in narrative nonfiction, biography, journalism, politics, pop culture, and voice-driven projects with a focus on underrepresented identities, backgrounds, and stories—particularly LGBTQ+ and feminist projects.

Recent and forthcoming titles include the New York Times bestseller Trixie and Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood by Trixie Mattel and Katya, American Rule by Jared Yates Sexton, Sidelined by Julie DiCaro, the Queens of the Resistance series by Brenda Jones and Krishan Trotman, and Revolutions by Hannah Ross.

Cassidy Sachs

Assistant Editor

Cassidy Sachs joined Dutton in 2017, and has a list that’s all about empowerment. She is especially keen to acquire books by diverse voices and feminist lens narrative nonfiction, across the genres of journalism, history, current events, pop-culture and politics. She is also seeking relationship driven fiction that features a strong woman at the center, or focuses on female friendships and family ties.

Cassidy’s upcoming Dutton titles include Run To Win, from President of EMILY’s List Stephanie Schriock; Friends From Home, Lauryn Chamberlain’s debut novel; Flawless, a look at the K-Beauty industry by NPR Host at Large Elise Hu; Americanon by Jess McHugh, which examines 250 years of bestselling reference books to uncover who determined the blueprint for the “good American”; Out of Love, a debut by Hazel Hayes; and The Gilded Edge, a vivid depiction of the debauchery of the late Gilded Age by Dr. Catherine Prendergast.

Lexy Cassola

Assistant Editor

Lexy Cassola joined Dutton in February 2018 and is an assistant editor as well as assistant to the publisher. Prior to coming to Dutton, Lexy got her M.A. at The New School for Social Research in Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism where she discovered her love for publishing. She is seeking literary and upmarket fiction focused on personal relationships, communities, and relatable experience, as well as character and setting-driven mystery and suspense. On the nonfiction side, she’s looking for memoirs that intersect with cultural criticism.

Hannah Feeney

Editorial Assistant

Hannah Feeney joined Dutton as an editorial assistant in February 2019. She is primarily interested in literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction. Upcoming titles include American Scare: A Cold War In the Sunshine State by Robert Fieseler, the true story of government-sanctioned civil rights violations in 1950s Florida, which she is co-editing with Stephen Morrow.