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. Recent successes have included New York Times bestsellers Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair, Mamrie Hart’s You Deserve a Drink, and Jolie Kerr’s My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag, as well as 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, and Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying.
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 include Russell Baker’s Growing Up, Danica McKellar’s Math Doesn’t Suck, Wendy Northcutt’s The Darwin Awards, and Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods’s The Genius of Dogs, as well as best-selling fiction by Dorothy Allison, Diane Johnson, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and August Wilson.
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 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, Alan Weisman, Joseph Finder, and Andre Iguodala. 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.
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.
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.
Kayleigh George joined Plume in 2016 and became Marketing Director in 2018. In her time at Penguin Random House, she has overseen campaigns for Carrie Fisher, Margaret Atwood, Jeff Tweedy, Phoebe Robinson, Delia Ephron, Eddie Izzard, Anthony Marra, Johnny Cash, Kate Bolick, Rebecca Mead, Chris Pavone, and Jeanette Winterson.