Penguin profits exceed £100m for the first time

New York, New York, February 28, 2011…Penguin, the international publishing company, today announced record financial results for 2010 with sales of £1,053m and operating profit of £106m, representing underlying growth of 6% and 26% respectively. The company's market share gains and improved profitability were attributable to three factors in particular:

  • Another outstanding US publishing performance included a record number of bestsellers, an increase in market share and rapid expansion in emerging digital platforms and formats.  In the US, eBook sales nearly tripled.
  • Penguin in the UK celebrated the best year in its history, dominating the bestseller lists and increasing its market share by two percentage points to 10 percent. Penguin UK sales were up 21% in a market that was down 2%.
  • DK captured the full benefit of the reorganization undertaken in 2009, with sales of its LEGO® and Star Wars™ titles boosting revenue and the transfer of some editorial activities to India enhancing the company's margin. 

Penguin's profits were struck after making provision for a number of credit exposures in the book retailing sector, most notably in relation to Borders in the US.

These Penguin results were part of an excellent overall Pearson performance in 2010.  For the Pearson press release, please click here.

Penguin Group Chairman and Chief Executive, John Makinson, said, "We are truly delighted with these results. The achievement of more than 100m in profit represents a landmark for Penguin but of greater significance are the quality and consistency of performance that underpin this result.  The company has been gaining market share on every continent by combining an appetite for measured commercial and creative risk with exemplary execution in every department of the business. We believe that these qualities will serve us in good stead as we address the proliferating challenges of 2011."

Penguin Group (USA) CEO David Shanks said, "Penguin Group (USA) had another fantastic year and the company continued to grow its market share in a difficult retail environment. Our sales, profits and margins were all up over those of the previous exceptionally strong year, even after making provision for bad debt exposure on Borders. Our outstanding publishing programs across the house included a record number of bestsellers, an increase in market share, and rapid expansion in emerging digital platforms and formats. Our Young Readers Group achieved its best year ever. International sales had double-digit sales growth for the tenth consecutive year.  Our backlist continued to be very healthy and strong. And we won a Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Awards. Looking ahead, we have an excellent 2011 publishing list."

Penguin Group (USA)'s 2010 results were driven by the continuation of Penguin's strategy of maximizing bestselling author brands while introducing new ones. Providing readers everywhere with books in whatever format they prefer also yielded benefits across the company's digital publishing programs, partnerships, and innovations. In general, eBook sales nearly tripled, and Penguin's Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris each passed a million-eBook-units-sold-across-all-accounts.

Performance Highlights

In 2010, Penguin Group (USA):

Maximized Established Authors… 

  • Charlaine Harris, Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, Ken Follett, Patricia Cornwell, Elizabeth Gilbert, Harlan Coben, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Nathaniel Philbrick, Ron Chernow, Greg Mortenson, Michael Pollan, John Grisham, Tim Keller, Richelle Mead, Clive Cussler, Jan Karon, John Sandford, J.R. Ward, Christine Feehan, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Tana French, Laurell K. Hamilton, W.E.B. Griffin, Robert B. Parker, Stuart Woods, Robert Crais, Chang-rae Lee and many more.
  • Published authors multiple times a year, with multiple series and across multiple formats.

…While Introducing New Authors

  • Ingrid Betancourt, Nouriel Roubini, Danielle Trussoni, Sarah Blake, Ally Condie, Kate Quinn, Ricky Martin, Beth Hoffman, Jean Kwok, Sean Payton, Paul Greenberg, Christine Henry, Robin Oliveira, Danielle Evans, Paolo Giordano, B.B. Haywood, Rosanne Cash, Andrea Cremer, Brenna Yovanoff and many more.

Fostered Creative Collaboration

Core Imprints
  • G.P. Putnam's Sons once again achieved more New York Times hardcover bestsellers than any other imprint in the industry, as they have for over two decades.
  • Berkley/NAL led the industry in New York Times mass market bestsellers for the second straight year.
  • Viking achieved 14 bestsellers, a record for the imprint.
  • The Penguin Press had 35 percent of its books hit The New York Times bestseller lists.
Niche Imprints
  • Portfolio achieved 7 New York Times bestsellers, a record for the imprint.
  • Celebra had 50 percent of its hardcover titles hit The New York Times bestseller list.
  • Celebra had a #1 Spanish-language bestseller for 9 weeks.
  • Caliber's The Pacific was on The New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks.
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for History and two National Book Awards

Achieved Commercial Growth in Wide-Ranging Areas

  • International Sales achieved double-digit growth for the 10th consecutive year
  • Penguin Audio achieved double-digit sales growth
  • Penguin Speakers Bureau again achieved double-digit growth
  • Penguin Group (USA) partnered with Companhia das Letras to publish Penguin Classics in Portugese in Brazil
  • Penguin Group (USA) had a record number of New York Times bestsellers
  • eBook sales nearly tripled
  • Successful experimentation in apps and Amplified Editions
  • Increased web traffic by 40 percent

Socially Involved and Giving Back to the Community

  • Read Pink
  • Penguin Drive: "A Charitable Donation to a Neighbor"
  • Eighth Annual Pearson Foundation Challenge
  • Red Classics
  • Picture a Book Changing Lives
  • Jumpstart's Read for the Record
  • Tom Clancy's "Send a Message to an American Hero"
  • Patricia Cornwell's "America for Vets"
  • 375 Hudson Street achieved LEED Gold Certification
  • PGI's Pittston warehouse reduced electricity consumption

1. Maximized Established Authors

Penguin Group (USA) published many of the biggest selling fiction and nonfiction books in the U.S. market in 2010.  For years, the Group has successfully executed its strategy of maximizing multi-million-copy brand authors and franchises by publishing them multiple times a year with multiple series and across multiple formats.

Across Multiple Formats
  • Charlaine Harris' Dead in the Family shipped nearly one million copies.  More than 14 million copies of the ten books in her Sookie Stackhouse series are in print across multiple formats.
  • Nora Roberts achieved 8 New York Times bestsellers, including four #1 bestsellers, across all adult formats. 
  • Tom Clancy's Dead or Alive, his first novel in seven years, was #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for Christmas 2010, opened 2011 atop the list and remains on the list today. Books in Clancy's Splinter Cell series were also New York Times mass market bestsellers.
  • Ken Follett achieved three New York Times bestsellers, including a #1 hardcover bestseller and two mass market bestsellers.
  • Patricia Cornwell's Port Mortuary debuted at #1 on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, and The Scarpetta Factor was a New York Times mass market bestseller.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert achieved two #1 New York Times bestsellers, in hardcover and trade paperback.  Eat, Pray, Love, with more than 9 million copies shipped to date, was the longest-running #1 book on The New York Times trade paperback nonfiction list in 2010. Committed was #1 on The New York Times hardcover nonfiction list.
  • Greg Mortenson had 4 different New York Times bestsellers, and his books have shipped over six million copies, across multiple adult and young readers formats.
  • Michael Pollan achieved 4 New York Times bestsellers in one week across multiple adult and young readers formats. 
  • Richelle Mead had a record-breaking year with Spirit Bound: A Vampire Academy Novel debuting at #1 on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists. This was a first for both the Penguin Young Readers Group and the author.
Multiple Series and Titles in the Same Year
  • Clive Cussler had nine New York Times bestsellers: four hardcovers and five mass market titles, with six different series.
  • Stuart Woods had seven New York Times bestsellers: three hardcovers and four mass market titles, with three different series.
  • Patricia Briggs hit the #1 spot on The New York Times hardcover fiction list and had three mass market New York Times bestsellers with two different series.
  • Jim Butcher had two New York Times hardcover fiction bestsellers, including a #1, with two different series.
  • Christine Feehan had four New York Times bestsellers, including two #1 mass market bestsellers, with two different series.  
  • John Sandford had four New York Times bestsellers: two hardcovers and two mass market titles, with two different series.
  • W.E.B. Griffin had four New York Times bestsellers: two hardcovers and two mass market titles, with three different series.
  • J.R. Ward had a New York Times hardcover bestseller and a mass market bestseller with two different series.
  • Laurell K. Hamilton had three New York Times bestsellers: two hardcovers and one mass market title, with two different series.
  • Robert B. Parker had five New York Times bestsellers: three hardcovers and two mass market titles, with a Western and three different series.

2. Introduced New Authors

In 2010, Penguin Group (USA) published 34 authors whose books hit The New York Times bestseller lists for the first time.

In 2009, The Help, Kathryn Stockett's debut novel, became a  #1 New York Times bestseller and was USA Today's "Book of the Year."  It stayed on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list for all of 2010—the only title in the industry to do so.  More than 3 million copies of The Help have been sold. 

Penguin Group (USA) continues to launch new authors. In the first quarter of 2011, the company had 3 debut novels on The New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list:  A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Viking), The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam), and The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam).

New to the bestseller list in 2010:

  • Hugh Ambrose achieved his first New York Times bestseller with The Pacific (NAL), the official companion to HBO's miniseries of the same name, and the book spent 16 weeks on the hardcover nonfiction list.
  • Ingrid Betancourt's Even Silence Has an End (The Penguin Press) was a New York Times-bestselling memoir that recounts the six and a half years she spent in captivity in the Colombian jungle.
  • Danielle Trussoni's debut novel Angelology (Viking) spent four weeks on the hardcover fiction bestseller list in 2010.
  • Ally Condie made her debut as a New York Times-bestselling author with Matched (Dutton). The dystopian novel spent eight weeks on the children's chapter books list.
  • Sarah Blake became a New York Times-bestselling author with the publication of The Postmistress (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam), which spent four weeks on the hardcover fiction bestseller list.

Other authors that achieved New York Times bestsellers for the first time:

  • Seventeen adult nonfiction titles: Christianity by Diarmaid MacCulloch (Viking), Four Fish by Paul Greenberg (The Penguin Press), Crisis Economics by Nouriel Roubini/Stephen Mihm (The Penguin Press), Mom by Dave Isay (The Penguin Press), Me by Ricky Martin (Celebra), Chords of Strength by David Archuleta (Celebra), Extra Lean by Mario Lopez (Celebra), Home Team by Sean Payton/Ellis Henican (NAL), The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant (Gotham), Geek Dad by Ken Denmead (Gotham), The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson (Avery), Some Girls by Jillian Lauren (Plume), Win Forever by Pete Carroll (Portfolio), Mount Pleasant by Steve Poizner (Portfolio), Bury My Heart at Conference Room B by Stan Slap (Portfolio), You Already Know How To Be Great by Alan Fine (Portfolio), and A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart/Michael Allen (Sentinel).
  • Five adult fiction titles:  No Place to Run by Maya Banks (Berkley), Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop (Roc), Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (Penguin), How to Wash a Cat by Rebecca Hale (Berkley), and Atlantis Betrayed by Alyssa Day (Berkley).
  • Six young adult fiction titles: Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Dial), The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (Razorbill), Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Philomel), The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (Razorbill), The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 1: The Shadows by Jacqueline West (Dial), and Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Speak).
  • One young adult nonfiction title: Classy: Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg (Razorbill).

3. Fostered Creative Collaboration

The scope and depth of Penguin Group (USA)'s publishing programs are attributed to the talent, skill and commitment of the company's individual creative teams.  

Across its core imprints:

G. P. Putnam's Sons has annually achieved more hardcover bestsellers than any other imprint in the industry for more than two decades. In 2010, Putnam broke its own record with 38 bestsellers.

Berkley/NAL again led the industry in New York Times mass market bestsellers, with 83 titles, and also had the most weeks on the mass market list, with 288.

Viking broke its own record with 14 New York Times bestsellers, a record for the imprint.

The Penguin Press had 35 percent of its books hit the New York Times bestseller lists.

Dutton had two #1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett and Caught by Harlan Coben.

Riverhead had three New York Times bestsellers: two in hardcover and one in trade paperback.

Penguin Books had 15 New York Times bestsellers in its 75th anniversary year.

Gotham had two New York Times hardcover bestsellers.

Plume had 7 New York Times bestsellers.

Among its successful niche imprints:

Celebra, devoted to books on or by Hispanic celebrities, achieved a break-out year with 50 percent of its hardcover titles hitting The New York Times bestseller lists, including Ricky Martin's memoir, Me.

Caliber, devoted to military-themed books, had a runaway national bestseller with Hugh Ambrose's The Pacific.

Portfolio achieved 7 New York Times bestsellers, a record for the imprint.

Sentinel achieved its first #1 New York Times bestseller with A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.

Avery achieved its first New York Times bestseller with The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson.

Perigee reached the one-million-copies-in-print mark with its #1 New York Times-bestselling Useless Information series.

  • Won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for History: Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed (The Penguin Press).
  • Won two of the four 2010 National Book Awards: Lighthead by Terrance Hayes (Penguin) in the Poetry category and Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Philomel) in the Young People's Literature category.
  • Won two 2010 PEN Literary Awards: Don DeLillo—the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction; Susan Choi—the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award for a Writer in Mid-Career.
  • Won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature: Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking Children's Books).
  • Won the Michael L. Printz Award: Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes (Viking Children's Books).
  • Won the 2010 Boston Globe—Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature: Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge (Viking Children's Books).
  • Received a 2010 Poets & Writers' Writers for Writers Award: Junot Diaz (Riverhead).
  • Won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction: The Book of Night Women by Marlon James (Riverhead).
  • Received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award: Geraldine Brooks (Viking).
  • Won two Audie Awards, both for The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin Audio): Fiction Category and Distinguished Achievement in Production.

4. Achieved Commercial Growth in Wide-Ranging Areas

Penguin Group (USA) capitalized on new opportunities that sprang from digital technology, emerging markets, and a new generation of young readers.  Attracting traditional readers as well as readers from across a diverse multi-media audience took creativity and innovation.  The Group's sales, editorial, marketing and publicity teams were able to transcend boundaries to generate sales and profitable results.

  • International Sales achieved double digit growth for the 10th consecutive year.
  • Penguin Audio achieved double-digit sales growth.
  • Penguin Speakers Bureau again achieved double-digit growth.
  • Penguin Group (USA) partnered with Companhia das Letras to Publish Penguin Classics in Portugese in Brazil.
  • Penguin Group (USA) had 253 New York Times bestsellers, a house record, including 22 titles that hit #1 and 34 authors making the list for the first time.
  • Penguin Young Readers Group achieved a record 39 New York Times bestsellers, including #1 bestsellers from Richelle Mead and John Grisham and 7 first-time New York Times bestsellers.
  • Penguin Young Readers Group successfully broadened the readership of nationalbestselling adult authors with New York Times-bestselling young adult and children's tiles from John Grisham, Mike Lupica and Mike Huckabee, among others.
  • Penguin Group (USA) held the #1 spot on the US Spanish-language bestseller list for nine consecutive weeks starting in 2010 with Ricky Martin's Yo, a feat not matched by any other publisher of Spanish-language books.
  • eBook sales nearly tripled.
  • Nora Roberts and Charlaine Harris each passed a million-eBook-units-sold-across-all-accounts.
  • Penguin Group (USA) partnered with Apple on the launch of their iBookstore and iPad, with the iPad featuring Penguin's Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne, the first and only book preloaded onto the device.
  •  The Mad Libs app has over two million downloads and was named one of the best apps at the 2010 E-Book Summit.
  • The groundbreaking app of Ken Follett's bestselling novel The Pillars of the Earth hit #1 in the book section of Apple's App Store in its first week.
  • Continued to experiment with content by growing the list of Penguin's eSpecials, short works in digital form that allow Penguin authors to respond immediately to breaking news or share previously unpublished material with their readers. Highlights from Penguin's 2010 eSpecials list include How The Democrats Can Win by David Plouffe, senior advisor to President Obama, and the first YA eSpecial ever by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Anthony Horowitz entitled Quite a Ride.
  • Released The Little Engine That Could interactive children's book app in Apple's App Store.
  • Increased website traffic, growing the number of monthly unique visitors 40 percent.

5. Socially Involved and Giving Back to the Community

Last year Penguin Group (USA) successfully created and integrated civic-minded causes with several national author campaigns that helped raise public awareness of various issues. Public service, giving back to the community, and continuing to take action on green initiatives remain a priority for the Group. 

Read Pink, a Penguin Group (USA) initiative to help raise awareness of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and its efforts to achieve prevention and a cure for the disease, was launched.  The initiative features 350,000 copies of an assortment of eight bestselling mass market titles, by such authors as Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter and Jayne Ann Krentz, with Read Pink seals on the covers. 

"Penguin Drive" is a charitable donation to a literacy partner in Penguin's own back yard, The New York Public Library.  The authors that signed the Penguin Mini-Cooper 75th Anniversary Mobile and participated in events last year ear-marked their top 75 Penguin titles to go to various libraries and/or literacy groups in their hometowns. Penguin followed suit by donating the proceeds from the sale of the car to the New York Public Library, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.

The Eighth Annual Pearson Foundation Challenge, a golf and tennis charity event hosted annually by CEO David Shanks, raised $115,000 for We Give Books and the Pearson Foundation.

Red Classics were launched last year when Penguin Classics partnered with Red, the global organization whose primary objective is raising awareness and funds to help eliminate AIDS in Africa.  To commemorate World AIDS Day, 50 percent of Penguin's profits from the Red Classics have been donated to the Global Fund. Penguin cover designers created new packages for titles such as The Secret Agent by Joseph Conradand The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton.

Picture a Book Changing Lives is a campaign in which readers submit photos of themselves reading a copy of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns. For each picture submitted, Riverhead Books made a donation to the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help provide humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan.

Jumpstart's Read for the Record, presented in partnership with Pearson, set another new world record for the largest shared reading experience and raised more than $1,000,000.  The official 2010 campaign book was a custom edition of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, published by Penguin Young Readers Group.  Jumpstart's world record-breaking campaign brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world. The campaign also kicks off Jumpstart's yearlong program, preparing preschool children in low-income neighborhoods for success in school and life.   Penguin supports Jumpstart throughout the year by arranging for major bestselling authors to attend local fund-raising events across the country.

Tom Clancy's "Send a Message to an American Hero" campaign made it possible for personal messages from readers around the world, enclosed inside autographed copies of Clancy's Dead or Alive, to reach over a thousand veterans and active duty service men and women recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. The initiative was also supported on Clancy's Facebook fanpage, where postings for the campaign received over 350,000 impressions.

Patricia Cornwell's "America for Vets," a national campaign set up to raise awareness about a national crisis that has left thousands of veterans in need of our support, gave readers at her national book tour events and Penguin employees the opportunity to donate everyday supplies to help men and women at Veterans Village of San Diego, which also benefited from the public auction of Cornwell's 2005 Ferrari for $220,000.

375 Hudson Street, Penguin's New York headquarters, achieved LEED Gold Certification, the first existing building in New York City to achieve this top environmental certification.

PGI's Pittston warehouse reduced electricity consumption on lighting by two thirds: the equivalent of annually planting 190 acres of trees or recycling 250 tons of waste that would have gone to a landfill.

6. Looking Ahead

Penguin Group (USA) has a strong line-up for the year, including books coming from #1 New York Times-bestselling authors, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Pulitzer Prize winners and internationally known celebrities. The Group is also launching another new imprint, headed up by publishing veteran David Rosenthal.

Here are some Penguin Group (USA) 2011 highlights:


Patricia Cornwell, Red Mist (Putnam, Fall)
A new Dr. Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 New York Times-bestselling crime writer.  Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information, not only on Fielding, but on a string of grisly killings. 

Sue Grafton, V (Putnam, Fall)
The latest book in the #1 New York Times—bestselling author's "alphabet" series starring protagonist Kinsey Millhone.  A spider's web of dangerous relationships is at the heart of whatmay well be Grafton's finest work to date.

Geraldine Brooks, Caleb's Crossing (Viking, May)
In the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's new work of fiction, which was inspired by a true story, Brooks transports the reader to 1660s Martha's Vineyard and Cambridge to tell the dramatic tale of the intertwined destinies of Caleb Cheshahteaumuck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and Bethia Mayfield, a young woman who is struggling to find her own place in the world even as she helps enable Caleb to cross from his world into hers.

Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning (Ace, May)
The 11th book in the #1 New York Times-bestselling author's Sookie Stackhouse series, which inspired HBO's hit television show, "True Blood," follows Dead in the Family, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list in 2010.

Nora Roberts, Chasing Fire (Putnam, April)
In the #1 New York Times-bestselling author's latest novel of romantic suspense, Rowan "Swede" Tripp is one of the few women in the Missoula smoke jumping community.  She's constantly surrounded by danger, but the heat is turned up when it becomes clear someone is killing people and lighting fires to hide the evidence. 

 Harlan Coben, Live Wire (Dutton, March)
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author proves once again that he is a world-class thriller writer with his latest novel featuring Myron Bolitar.

Clive Cussler, The Kingdom (Putnam, June)
The new thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author takes readers on a journey to Tibet, Nepal, China, Venice, and Siberia.

John Sandford, Buried Prey (Putnam, May)
The brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. 

Sapphire, The Kid (The Penguin Press, July)
Fifteen years after the publication of Push, and two years after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.
Margaret George, Elizabeth I: A Novel (Viking, April)
The new novel from the renowned researcherilluminates the woman behind the monarch: her unyielding dedication to protecting and serving her people, her complex relationships with her nobles, and her formidable—and fickle—will. 
Tami Hoag, Down the Darkest Road (Dutton, December)
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author returns with the latest entry in her Oak Knoll Series.

Julie Garwood, The Ideal Man (Dutton, August)
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author joins the Dutton list with a new contemporary romance.

Lev Grossman, The Magician King (Viking, September)
The sequel to The Magicians, the 2009 New York Times bestseller, this new novel is a coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world, where good and evil aren't black and white, and power comes at a terrible price.  Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine.

Garrison Keillor, Good Poems, American Places (Viking, April)
The New York Times-bestselling author introduces and selects another inspiring collection by a range of poets, organized by regions of America.

William Kennedy, Chango's Necklace and the Two-Toned Shoes (Viking, October)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's long awaited new novel returns to the beloved Albany setting of his previous work.

Danzy Senna, You Are Free: Stories (Riverhead Trade Paperback Original, May)
From the bestselling author of Caucasia comes a collection of eight remarkable stories that tightrope-walk between defined states: life with and without mates, children, or the reference points provided by race, class, and gender.


Henry Kissinger, On China (The Penguin Press, May)
Drawing on forty years of intimate acquaintance with China and its leaders, the Nobel Peace Prize winner reflects on how the country's past relations with the outside world illuminate its 21st century trajectory.

Betty White, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (Putnam, May)
With her unique brand of irreverent wit and wisdom, the Emmy Award-winning actress will offer her personal observations on a wide range of topics - including television, aging, life, love, sex, and celebrity - drawing on life lessons learned during her incredibly varied, decades-long career in Hollywood, with an emphasis on the past fifteen years of the star's life.

Goldie Hawn, 10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children the Social and Emotional Skills They Need to Lead Smarter, Healthier, and Happier Lives (Perigee, September)
From the Oscar-winning actress and international superstar comes a timely, relevant, and practical guide to promoting social and emotional learning in children that will lead to happier, stress-free lives, a longtime mission for Goldie and the Hawn Foundation.

William Shatner, Shatner Rules (Dutton, October)
The internationally renowned actor, singer, author, and director shares, with wit and wisdom, his secret to career longevity, which has spanned from "Star Trek" to"Priceline" to "Sh*t My Dad Says."

Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, The Patient Decides (The Penguin Press, September)
Cutting through the confusion caused by the healthcare system, the media, and gaps in our own reasoning, this book draws on the authors' new research and their 50-plus years of combined medical experience to provide essential tools for making our own best medical decisions. Groopman, the author of two books for Viking, has been a staff writer in medicine and biology for The New Yorker since 1998 and is the Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Hartzband is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Together they have written numerous op-eds and articles for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Sarah Vowell, Unfamiliar Fishes (Riverhead, March)
Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history. In this new book, the New York Times-bestselling author argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining—the year when the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight.

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Viking, September)
Faced with a ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think that we live in the most violent age ever seen.  Yet as the New York Times-bestselling author shows in this new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species' existence.

Timothy Keller, Love and Marriage (Dutton, November)
Based on his most popular sermon series, the New York Times-bestselling author of The Reason for God and pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church delivers an insightful look at the keys to happiness in marriage.

Hill Harper, The Wealth Cure (Gotham, September)
The New York Times-bestselling, award-winning author and actor writes his second book for an adult audience on how to use wealth-building as a tool for joy and fulfillment, while placing money in its proper context.

Alexandra Fuller, Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (The Penguin Press, August)
In this sequel to the bestseller Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, the author returns to Africa and the story of her unforgettable family.

Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Viking,March)
This new biography of Malcolm X is a story of race and class in America, reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, tracing a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his rise in the world of Black Nationalism, and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination.

John Hodgman, That Is All (Dutton, November)
The bestselling author, The Daily Show's "Resident Expert," and television celebrity brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.

Janny Scott, A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother (Riverhead, May)
The award-winning reporter takes an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama—his mother. Little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised President Obama and the person he credits with "what is best in me."

Maira Kalman and Michael Pollan, The Illustrated Food Rules (The Penguin Press, Fall)
Celebrated artist and author Maira Kalman illustrates Michael Pollan's #1 New York Times-bestselling book Food Rules, a set of memorable rules for eating wisely.

Niall Ferguson, Civilization (The Penguin Press, October)
From one of our most recognizable and renowned historians, and a New York Times-bestselling author, this is the definitive history of Western civilization's rise to global ascendancy and the tools that made this improbable rise possible. Ferguson is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The War of the World, Colossus, and Empire.

Sugar Ray Leonard, with Michael Arkush, The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring (Viking, June)
This brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multi-championship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.

Nathaniel Philbrick, Why Read Moby Dick? (Viking, October)
The New York Times-bestselling, National Book Award-winning author and sailing aficionado illuminates the humor and characters of one of the Great American Novels, finding in the stories of Ishmael and Ahab a thread that binds them to our own time and, indeed, to all times.

Paul Johnson, Socrates: A Man for Our Times (Viking, October)
Socrates was one of the greatest thinkers of all time, yet he wrote nothing. Historian Paul Johnson disentangles centuries of scarce sources to offer a account of how what this man thought still shapes the way we decide how to act as well as how we fathom the notion of body and soul. 

Young Readers

Richelle Mead, Bloodlines (Razorbill, August)
This book begins a new series by the #1 internationally bestselling author, set in the world of the Vampire Academy.

Eric Carle, The Artist Who Painted the Blue Horse (Philomel, October)
Carle's first new children's book in four years tells the story of an artist who, like an imaginative kid, paints the world as he sees it.

Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye (Viking Children's Books, May)
From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author comes the story of McLean, a high school senior who has assumed a different persona in each of the four towns she has lived in since her parents' divorce, until new friendships and a new romance make her begin to appreciate the value of more permanence.

Anthony Horowitz, Alex Rider: Scorpia Rising (Philomel, March)
In this final installment in the international bestselling series, teen spy Alex Rider must confront Scorpia, the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and the people who killed his parents, one last time.

Ally Condie, Crossed (Dutton Children's Books, November)
The follow up to the New York Times-bestselling novel Matched, Crossed transports readers to the outskirts of Society, where Cassia's journey continues, testing the limits of her strengths in her quest to reunite with Ky.

Penguin Young Readers Group successfully broadens the readership of national bestselling adult authors with new young adult tiles:

John Grisham, Theodore Boone 2: Abduction (Dutton Children's Books, June)
This will be the second book in the #1 New York Times-bestselling middle grade series about thirteen-year-old amateur attorney Theodore Boone.

Harlan Coben, Shelter (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, September)
In his young adult debut, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author and master of the mystery genre introduces a new generation of fans to his hugely popular Myron Bolitar series.

Penguin Group (USA) Launches David Rosenthal's New Imprint:

David Rosenthal, veteran publishing executive and former publisher and executive vice president of Simon & Schuster, is heading up a new general trade imprint, yet to be named, that will publish an eclectic mix of hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles, reflecting Mr. Rosenthal's wide range of interests. 

7. Penguin Group Worldwide

Around the world, Penguin Group delivered a strong performance in its major and emerging markets.

Here are the highlights:

Penguin UK had an outstanding year, its best ever, growing its market share by 2% to 9.6% against a market that was down 2% and dominating the bestseller charts with 66 Top Ten bestsellers (compared with 46 in 2009). It published three of the top five Christmas bestsellers including Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals, which became the UK's bestselling hardback nonfiction book of all time, selling almost 1.2m copies in three months and topping the bestseller chart for 21 weeks and counting. Penguin UK also published Stephen Fry's bestselling memoir, The Fry Chronicles, which secured a publishing first hitting number one across an unprecedented five formats. Penguin reclaimed its position as the number one children's publisher in the UK, growing its market share from 11.5% in 2009 to 14.4% in 2010.  This commercial success was driven by such brands as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson, Peppa Pig, and Roald Dahl.

Penguin Canada had a record year in 2010, ending the year with the number one book in all four categories on the Globe and Mail's Top Books of 2010.  These four titles: Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest as well as The Book of Awesome and Eat, Pray, Love dominated Canada's bestseller lists from April onward. The company notched 60 Globe and Mail bestsellers, including 13 number ones, and the three books in Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy were the top three bestselling books in Canada, across all categories. 2010 also saw Penguin's prestigious nonfiction imprint, Allen Lane, launch in Canada.

DK had an extremely strong 2010 as it captured the full benefit of the reorganization undertaken in 2009.  In spite of a reduced front list publishing program, sales grew, boosted in particular by the huge success of the LEGO® and Star Wars™ titles. The Lego® Star Wars™ Visual Dictionary sold over a million copies worldwide and was on the New York Times bestseller list for the whole of 2010 with 18 weeks at number one. It also achieved its first ever UK number one with The Masterchef Cookbook. DK continued to make its mark in the digital space launching its first three DK Eyewitness Travel apps for the iPad and five Top Ten Travel iPhone apps with more scheduled to follow in 2011.

Penguin Australia grew market share in a tough trading environment enjoying success with Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy, Clive Cussler's The Silent Sea and the Popular Penguin series, which has now sold 1.6 million copies. 2010 saw the launch of its first app, Paul Kelly's How to Make Gravy.

Penguin India had another strong year, posting significant growth. It was a stellar year for awards with three wins at the Vodafone-Crossword Awards, including Best Fiction Book (Kalpana Swaminathan's Venus Crossing), and Best Non-Fiction Book (jointly awarded to Sunanda K. Datta-Ray's Looking East to Look West and Rajni Bakshi's Bazaars, Conversations and Freedom, which also won Best Popular Book voted by the public).

Penguin China embarked on its new English-language publishing program, publishing its inaugural title, Shanghai: A History in Photographs. It was also honored with Cathay Pacific's China Business Award for a "continuing commitment to China."


Penguin Group (, one of the world's largest English-language trade book publishers, has established divisions and key market positions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, China, South Africa, New Zealand, and Ireland. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.



Marilyn Ducksworth
(212) 366-2564

Dave Zimmer
(212) 366-2687