Penguin Press was founded in 2003 by Ann Godoff and launched its debut list in the Winter of 2004. Dedicated to publishing quality nonfiction and literary fiction, Penguin Press seeks to publish ideas that matter, storytelling that lasts, and books that don’t just start conversations, but detonate them. In twelve years, they have published numerous New York Times and national bestsellers, won two National Book Critics Circle awards, one National Book Award, and five Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2016. Books from Penguin Press have also earned prestigious prizes and citations such as the James Beard Award, the Orange Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Man Asian Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Arthur Ross Book Award, the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award, and the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book Award.

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Meet Penguin Press

Ann Godoff

Ann Godoff

President and Editor-in-Chief

Ann Godoff is President and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Press, which she founded in 2003. She has had a distinguished and singular career in book publishing, editing and publishing many award-winning and bestselling works of fiction and nonfiction. She first joined the editorial department of Simon & Schuster in 1980, and in 1987 became  Senior Editor at Atlantic Monthly Press; in two years she became Editor-in-Chief. In 1991, Ms. Godoff was appointed Executive Editor at Random House, where she would eventually be named Vice President and Editorial Director. In 1997 she became President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of the Random House Trade Publishing Group and Executive Vice President of Random House, Inc.

Scott Moyers

Scott Moyers

Vice President and Publisher

Scott Moyers is Vice President and Publisher of Penguin Press. He began his career in Doubleday’s editorial department, where he worked from 1991 to 1995 before moving to Scribner as Associate Editor. In 1998, Mr. Moyers joined Ann Godoff at Random House, where he rose to the position of Senior Editor. Mr. Moyers then joined Ms. Godoff for the founding of Penguin Press in 2003. Four years later, Mr. Moyers was appointed Director of the New York office of the Wylie Agency; he returned to Penguin Press in 2011 as Publisher.

Virginia Smith Younce

Executive Editor

Virginia Smith Younce is an Executive Editor at Penguin Press. She began her career in book publishing at Simon & Schuster in 2006, and in 2008 was named Associate Editor at Ecco/HarperCollins. She joined Penguin Press in 2009.

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Emily Cunningham


Emily Cunningham is an Editor at Penguin Press, which she joined after more than four years at Harper. She began her publishing career at Grove/Atlantic. She is a native of the Boston area and lives in Brooklyn.

William Heyward

Senior Editor

William Heyward is a Senior Editor at Penguin Press, and previously worked in the editorial department of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and at Maria B. Campbell Associates.

Christopher Richards

Senior Editor

Christopher Richards is a Senior Editor at Penguin Press. Previously, he was an Associate Editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has written for The New Yorker’s “Page-Turner,” The Paris Review Daily, The Nation, The Millions, and Guernica.

Casey Denis

Associate Editor

Casey Denis is an Associate Editor at Penguin Press. She began her career in publishing at McGraw-Hill, and joined Penguin Press as an Editorial Assistant in 2015.