Viking is a legendary imprint with a distinguished list of extraordinary writers in both fiction and nonfiction. The Viking Press was founded in New York City on March 1, 1925, by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheimer. When the Viking logo, a ship drawn by Rockwell Kent, was chosen as a symbol of enterprise, adventure, and exploration in publishing, the popular authors included Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, and D.H. Lawrence. Today, Viking boasts bestselling fiction authors like Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks, Tana French, Rebecca Makkai, Elizabeth George, Sue Monk Kidd, Jojo Moyes, National Book Award Winner William Vollmann, and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. In 1925, the Viking nonfiction writers included James Weldon Johnson and August Strindberg. Today, Viking’s critically and commercially successful nonfiction authors, include Nathaniel Philbrick, Daniel James Brown, Maria Shriver, Steven Pinker, Jen Sincero, Antony Beevor, and Timothy Keller. From past to present, Viking authors not only keep winning prestigious awards but also dominate bestseller lists across the world.
By the late ‘30s, legendary editor Pascal Coivi joined Viking, bringing John Steinbeck with him. After publishing Steinbeck’s first novel, Viking brought out The Grapes of Wrath (1939), as well as the first American edition of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake (1939) and Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (1938). Steinbeck and Greene would continue to publish with Viking for many years to come.
The 1950s saw Viking publish Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949) and The Crucible (1953). Saul Bellow began his long tenure at Viking with his third novel, The Adventures of Augie March. Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey were at the center of a cultural shift that would occur in the 1960s and ‘70s. Viking also published William S. Burroughs, Hannah Arendt, Peter Matthiessen, Barbara Tuchman, Wallace Stegner, Octavio Paz, Kingsley Amis, Robert Coover, Lawrence Durrell, Frederick Forsyth, and Thomas Pynchon. In 1975, Viking was bought by Penguin Books and the company became known as Viking Penguin.
Viking Penguin’s prestigious Booker Prize-winning authors include Roddy Doyle for his novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and J. M. Coetzee, who became the first author to win the prize twice, for Life and Times of Michael K in (1983) and Disgrace in (1999). Coetzee went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.
In recent years, Viking has been proud to publish Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, In the Heart of the Sea and Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick, Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber, Faithful Place, The Likeness, Broken Harbor and The Secret Place by Tana French, A Delicate Truth by John LeCarré, Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker.
Viking has also had particular success in the high end supernatural/alternate worlds category, making recent bestsellers out of novels by Deborah Harkness, Lev Grossman, Danielle Trussoni, and Jasper Fforde.
Viking currently publishes approximately 75 books a year. The Viking logotype continues to inspire its staff, its writers, and its audience. Readers, both American and international, appreciate Viking for its depth, its breadth, its uniqueness, and its originality. The adventure and spirit of Viking endure.
In January 2020, Viking, Penguin Books, and Pamela Dorman Books will debut a new publishing program that will live across all three imprints focused on inspiration, personal development, lifestyle, and healthy living—Viking Life, Penguin Life, and Pamela Dorman Books Life.
The editors in each imprint will acquire and publish the books in this program. The editorial, publicity, and marketing groups at all three imprints have been deeply involved in lifestyle and wellness books to great success, and the time has come to define these books within a program to better represent how important and successful these books are within Viking, Penguin, and Pamela Dorman Books. Building on our longtime success in the field—with category-defining bestsellers such as The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin, Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber, You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero, I’ve Been Thinking . . . by Maria Shriver, and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle—Viking Life and Pamela Dorman Books Life will feature authors with new theories, big ideas, and high-profile platforms, as well as practitioners and writers with credentials and first-hand experience in the areas of inspiration, self-help and personal growth, health and wellness, spirituality, home and nature, psychology, and personal finance. The program will launch with four books across three imprints and grow to fifteen books a year. Viking Life and Pamela Dorman Books Life will debut with:
The Nobel Prize for Literature
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
The Pulitzer Prize for History
The National Book Award
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Booker Prize
The Pen/Faulkner Award for American Fiction
The PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel
The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Best First Book of Nonfiction
The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Translation
The MacArthur Prize
The Whiting Award
The Wolfson History Prize
Brian Tart was named president and publisher of Viking in January 2015. Before joining Viking, he was the president and publisher of Dutton for nine years. Tart has edited many fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, including spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of the six-million-copy bestseller A New Earth, which spent seven months at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He also edited John Hodgman, author of the New York Times bestselling The Areas of My Expertise trilogy; Dan Savage, national columnist and award-winning author of The Kid and It Gets Better; and Mark Adams’s New York Times bestseller, Turn Right at Machu Picchu. Tart also edits Timothy Keller, whose book The Reason for God was World magazine’s Book of the Year; Eric Metaxas, whose biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer became an international bestseller, as has his latest book, Miracles; and Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lynley series and the #1 New York Times bestseller Believing the Lie. As a publisher, Tart launched the #1 bestselling campaigns for Ken Follett, Al Franken, Harlan Coben, Tracy Chevalier, Tami Hoag, and Mark Owen, author of No Easy Day.
Andrea Schulz joined Viking as editor in chief in January 2015. Previously she was the editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she spent twelve years publishing literary fiction, mysteries, and narrative nonfiction. Among the books she has edited are the New York Times bestsellers The Big Burn and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by National Book Award winner Timothy Egan; the award-winning Claire DeWitt mysteries by Sara Gran; the national bestsellers Animals Make Us Human and The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin; the New York Times bestseller Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand by William Mann; and the novels How to Start a Fire and Girl Waits with Gun by bestsellers Lisa Lutz and Amy Stewart, respectively. Her other authors have included Alexander Chee, Rana Dasgupta, Elly Griffiths, Edward Hirsch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elinor Lipman, and Paul Theroux.
Lindsay Prevette joined the Viking publicity department in 2006 and was named director of publicity in 2015. She has orchestrated publicity campaigns for numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy; Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love; Committed; and The Signature of All Things; Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy; Give and Take by Adam Grant; Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber; and Bettyville by George Hodgman. Before joining Viking, she worked in publicity at Ballantine.
Kate Stark is vice president, associate publisher, and director of marketing for Viking Books and Riverhead Books. She joined Penguin in 2004 and has worked on numerous New York Times bestselling titles, including Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Dan H. Pink’s Drive, Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and more recently Steven Johnson’s How We Got To Now, Liane Moriarty’s The Husband Secret and Big Little Lies, Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, and Paula Hawkins’s Girl on the Train. Stark has developed marketing campaigns for Khaled Hosseini, Junot Diaz, Jon Ronson, Emma Straub, Meg Wolitzer, Sue Grafton, and John Sandford. Prior to joining Penguin she worked at HarperCollins.
Wendy Wolf, vice president and associate publisher, has been an editor at Viking since 1994. Her list includes a wide range of nonfiction titles in history, science, psychology, biography, politics, education, current affairs, and popular culture, including the #1 bestselling The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown. She has edited eight books by historian Nathaniel Philbrick, including In the Heart of the Sea (winner of the National Book Award) and Mayflower (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize); Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash; five books by cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, including The Blank Slate (a Pulitzer finalist), The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Enlightenment Now; two books by Jared Diamond (Collapse and The World Until Yesterday); John Barry’s The Great Influenza; and Lynne Cheney’s James Madison, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. Wolf edited Manning Marable’s Malcolm X, which won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, winner of the L.A. Times book prize and NBA finalist. Her other authors include Adam Tooze, Elaine Weiss, Laura Shapiro, Ahmed Rashid, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Jerry Coyne, David Rohde, David Plouffe, Matt Groening, and Kevin Phillips. A native New Orleanian, she was an editor at HarperCollins and Pantheon Books before joining Viking.
Pamela Dorman is Vice President and Publisher of Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. In her nearly thirty years at Penguin, Dorman has acquired and edited the multimillion-copy #1 bestsellers The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (a selection of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club and optioned by Witherspoon’s Hello, Sunshine for feature film), The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, and The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, which was the first selection of the Oprah Book Club. She founded Pamela Dorman Books in 2008, where she has focused on fiction—especially well-written, accessible debut fiction. Recent bestsellers include Jojo Moyes (Me Before You, and the Reese Witherspoon Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller The Giver of Stars, and others), J. Ryan Stradal’s New York Times bestseller Kitchens of the Great Midwest and The Lager Queen of Minnesota, Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Rosie Walsh’s New York Times bestseller Ghosted, and acclaimed debuts including A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas and Natalie Baszile’s Queen Sugar, which premiered in September 2016 on the OWN Network, produced by Oprah Winfrey.
Dorman also publishes upmarket suspense fiction, including the New York Times bestselling thrillers by Shari Lapena (The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest and Someone We Know) and Jane Corry’s My Husband’s Wife (a Target Book Club selection) and occasional nonfiction, including memoirs (the bestselling The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan and Perfection by Julie Metz), psychology, and books geared toward women’s interests, including Maria Shriver’s #1 New York Times bestseller, I’ve Been Thinking. . .. Under the Pamela Dorman Books Life publishing program, Dorman acquires books that fall within the inspiration and spirituality, personal development, and healthy living categories, beginning with Philippa Perry’s upcoming #1 Sunday Times bestseller, The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) and Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt’s New York Times bestseller, The Gift of Forgiveness. She began her publishing career at St. Martin’s Press, is a summa cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University, and loves knitting and dogs.
Executive Editor Paul Slovak edits a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, including memoir, cultural history, and natural history. In fiction, he is interested in writers who have exuberant, distinctive voices and the ability to find new ways of telling stories and fresh and surprising ways of imagining characters. Over the last fifteen years, Slovak has published fiction by T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Choi, Roddy Doyle, Elizabeth Gilbert, A. M. Homes, Sue Monk Kidd, William Kennedy, Stewart O’Nan, Amor Towles, and William T. Vollmann, whose 2005 novel Europe Central won the National Book Award. Recent fiction bestsellers Slovak has edited include The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. In nonfiction, Slovak is looking for writers who marry felicity of expression with daring, original ideas; he has a special interest in authors who are living in and writing about the western United States. Over the years he has published memoirs with Elizabeth Gilbert, A. M. Homes, David Byrne, Tommy Caldwell, Patricia Lockwood, and Leslie Marmon Silko; books about the future with Stewart Brand and Kevin Kelly; and works of natural and cultural history by such writers as Robert Macfarlane, Rebecca Solnit, and David George Haskell.
Rick Kot, executive editor, Viking, a native of Chicago, is a graduate of Stanford University. He has edited a broad range of nonfiction (as well as the occasional novel) in areas ranging from current affairs to science, business, history, biography, and the arts. Among his titles are the New York Times bestsellers Bryan Burrough and John Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate; Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail; Barbra Streisand’s A Passion for Design; Rosanne Cash’s Composed; Joe Queenan’s Closing Time; John Thavis’s The Vatican Diaries; Ray Kurzweil’s How to Create a Mind and The Singularity Is Near; Robert J. Wagner’s You Must Remember This; Craig Nelson’s Rocket Men; Paul Hawken’s Blessed Unrest; John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience and The Nixon Defense; David J. Linden’s The Compass of Pleasure; Eric Alterman and Mark Green’s The Book on Bush; Donald Kagan’s The Peloponnesian War; and Mark Kriegel’s Namath. Other titles include Samuel Freedman’s Small Victories (National Book Award nominee); Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow; Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael (New York Times Notable Book); Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start and Enchantment; Bill Carter’s The War for Late Night; and J. Craig Venter’s Life at the Speed of Light.
Allison Lorentzen is an executive editor who joined Viking in 2012. She edits a range of literary and upmarket fiction and is often drawn to novels with memorable voices, a sense of humor, and settings that span the globe. Her recent fiction projects include the National Book Award finalist The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan; the #1 New York Times bestseller The Magician’s Land, the third novel in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy; the Los Angeles Times bestselling debut mystery novel Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little, which won the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel; Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize; and books by two National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honorees: What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons and When Watched by Leopoldine Core. She also edits narrative nonfiction, with a focus on popular culture and reportage, including the journalist Stephen Witt’s first book, How Music Got Free: A Story of Obsession and Invention, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year, and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the New York Times bestseller My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr. She has worked with writers Ann Beattie, Val Brelinski, Caleb Crain, Rebecca Curtis, Keith Gessen, Rajia Hassib, Eddie Joyce, Benjamin Lytal, Drew Magary, Lauren Mechling, Stan Parish, Andrew Ridker, and Meg Rosoff. Prior to Viking, Lorentzen was an editor at Penguin Books and HarperCollins. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she is a founding editor of n+1.
Laura Tisdel began her career as a publicist and then editor at Viking, and returned as an executive editor in 2015 after several years as an editor at Little, Brown and Company. She acquires literary fiction and is drawn to voice-driven stories and novels that communicate a strong sense of place or deep connection to an irresistible cast of characters. She also acquires narrative nonfiction and memoirs, and is particularly eager to find perspectives that provide a revealing, deep-dive look at undiscovered or overlooked subjects, books that deal with issues important to women and parents, and stories with a sense of humor. She is proud to have edited a number of bestselling, prize-winning, and acclaimed books including the Booker finalist and PEN Hemingway Award winner We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, the New York Times bestseller The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg, The Magician King by Lev Grossman, Paris Versus New York by the visual artist Vahram Muratyan, the acclaimed debut novel The Unknowns by Gabriel Roth, the forthcoming debut novel Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey, and the memoirs Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness by Catherine Newman.
Lindsey Schwoeri, senior editor, acquires literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and memoir. She loves fiction that is transporting, tense and beautifully written; in both fiction and nonfiction, she is drawn to books with the power to both inform and move us. Her recent releases include Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker, a New York Times bestseller; A Double Life and Under the Harrow by the Edgar Award-winning author Flynn Berry; The Good Son by the #1 internationally bestselling novelist You-Jeong Jeong; 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad, a Giller Prize finalist; Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection; and Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra and Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson, both named best books of 2016 by NPR. At Viking/Penguin and in her previous position at Random House, where she began her career in 2007, she is proud to have worked with many bestselling and award-winning writers including Katherine Boo, Gail Caldwell, Krys Lee, Yiyun Li, Rebecca Makkai, Marisha Pessl, and Karen Thompson Walker. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the Columbia Publishing Course.
Emily Wunderlich joined Viking in 2015. She acquires nonfiction in a range of categories, with a focus on big idea, inspiration, and business; narrative nonfiction and journalism; and literary nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to strong voices and fresh takes that recast our understanding of the world around us; she gravitates toward books speaking on women’s issues and social justice, and is focused on publishing a multitude of underrepresented voices, perspectives, and experiences. Among the books she has edited are the New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, AAAS Award-winning Spying on Whales by Nick Pyenson, and Indie Next pick Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison. She has worked with the writers Ian Kershaw, Tana French, Tracy Chevalier, and Deborah Harkness, among others. She ran a nonfiction literary reading series in Manhattan called Big Umbrella, and prior to Viking, she worked at Gotham Books and Macmillan. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and began her publishing career at the Missouri Review.