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Lian Hearn
The first book in the international bestselling Tales of the Otori series has received numerous awards, including Germany's Dutscher Jugendliteratur-preis 2004 and the Peter Pan Award in Sweden.
A. Scott Berg
Berg's definitive and engaging account of the controversial icon won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Hudson Street Press  
Jeremy P. Tarcher  
Penguin Press  

William Shinker founded Gotham Books in New York City on September 4, 2001. With a publishing career spanning more than thirty years, Shinker brought his considerable talent and experience to Penguin Group (USA) to create this new imprint, a tightly focused list of high-quality, commercial nonfiction. Gotham Books, so named by Shinker to convey the energy and excitement of its list, bears a colophon designed by Eric Baker of Eric Baker Designs that evokes a mythic skyscraper made of open books.

Gotham Books launched its debut list in winter 2003. Successes include Jim “Uncle Griff” Griffith's The Official eBay Bible, in two editions, The Lucky Shopping Manual by Kim France and Andrea Linett, Jim McLean's Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book, Every Shot Must Have a Purpose by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott with Ron Sirak, Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd, and James Hollis' Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. National bestsellers include Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Talk to the Hand, Thomas Moore's Dark Nights of the Soul, Sarah Turnbull's Almost French, Adrian Wojnarowski's The Miracle of Saint Anthony, Patti LaBelle's Light Cuisine, by Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph, Always by My Side by Jim Nantz, and It's Called Work for a Reason!, and You're Broke Because You Want to Be by Larry Winget.

Subjects that Gothamís editors specialize in include: business, current affairs, consumer reference, food writing, golf, health and fitness, history, memoirs, personal finance, popular culture, self-help, spirituality, sports, pets, travel narrative, and narrative nonfiction across a wide range of subjects.


William Shinker

President and Publisher

William Shinker has had a 30-year career in book selling and trade book publishing, beginning as a clerk in an independent bookstore. Prior to Gotham, he was the President and Founding Publisher of Broadway Books, a division of Random House. Prior to that, he had been Publisher of Adult Trade Publishing at HarperCollins; Vice President, Director of Marketing and Publisher of Trade Paperbacks at Warner Books; and Marketing Director for Avon Books, then a division of the Hearst Corporation. Authors he has worked with include Isabel Allende, David Bach, Mark Bittman, Erma Bombeck, Bill Bryson, Bryan Bourrough, Michael Chabon, James Collins, Bob Costas, Cindy Crawford, John Gray, Harriet Goldor-Lerner, Oscar Hijuelos, Marcella Hazan, Tony Hillerman, Susan Isaacs, Barbara Kingsolver, Frances Mayes, Stephen Mitchell, Thomas Moore, Tim O'Brien, Dean Ornish, Dave Pelz, Tom Peters, Rick Pitino, Richard Price, Vikram Seth, Pat Summitt, Margaret Thatcher, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Wagner.


Lauren Marino

Executive Editor

Lauren is Executive Editor of Gotham Books, where she has been since starting with William Shinker in fall 2001. She has been in publishing for 15 years and has worked at Broadway Books, Hyperion, where she was also responsible for overseeing the Miramax imprint, HarperCollins and The Robbins Office, a literary agency. She has edited and published several New York Times bestsellers. Some of her past authors include Thomas Moore, Ann Crittenden, Ruth Reichl, Cheryl Richardson, Cherie Carter Scott, Camryn Manheim, Cindy Crawford, Patti LaBelle, Brooke Siler and Jane Green. Her list is eclectic and tends to fall into the following categories: memoir, biography and narrative non-fiction, food and travel narrative, current events, popular culture, careers and personal finance, cutting edge diet, health and fitness and thought provoking spirituality, self help and motivation. Current projects include: Almost French by Sarah Turnbull, The Perfectionist by Rudolph Chelminski, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, The Lucky Shopping Manual, Juan Carlos Cruz's Calorie Countdown, The Tao of Willie by Willie Nelson, Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper, and Bradley Bayou's The Science of Sexy.


Patrick Mulligan


Patrick has been with Gotham Books since April 2003, starting as an editorial assistant. He is interested in acquiring in the categories of narrative nonfiction, history, sports, music, pop culture, and humor. He has edited such books as Michael Weinreb's award-winning The Kings of New York and the New York Times bestseller The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler. His acquisition include the New York Times bestseller The Truth about Chuck Norris by Ian Spector, as well as: Mathew Honan's Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle, icanhascheezburger.com's I Can Has Cheezburger?, Tiki Barber's Pure Hard Workout, Adrian Colesberry's How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry, David Farley's Remnant of the Divine, and Matthew Polly's The Good Fight.