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Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English-language trade book publishers in the world. Formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and The Putnam Berkley Group, Penguin Group (USA), under the stewardship of Chief Executive Officer, David Shanks, and President, Susan Petersen Kennedy, is a leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publisher. The Penguin Group, with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa and China, is led by CEO and Chairman, John Makinson, and is owned by Pearson plc. Pearson is an international media company with market-leading businesses in education, business information, and consumer publishing.
Penguin Group (USA) publishes under a wide range of prominent imprints and trademarks, among them Viking, G. P. Putnam's Sons, The Penguin Press, Riverhead Books, Dutton, Penguin Books, Berkley Books, Gotham Books, Portfolio, New American Library, Plume, Tarcher, Philomel, Grosset & Dunlap, Puffin, and Frederick Warne. The company possesses perhaps the world's most prestigious list of bestselling, award-winning authors and a backlist of unparalleled breadth, depth, and quality. The Penguin Group's roster of bestselling authors is a Who's Who of the industry, including Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, Jan Karon, Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Gilbert, Eckhart Tolle, Junot Díaz, Kim Edwards, Sue Monk Kidd, Sue Grafton, Ken Follett, Greg Mortenson, Clive Cussler, Alan Greenspan, Al Gore, A. Scott Berg, Nevada Barr, Saul Bellow, Harold Bloom, Geraldine Brooks, Sylvia Browne, Ron Chernow, Harlan Coben, J.M. Coetzee, Robin Cook, Catherine Coulter, Eric Jerome Dickey, Helen Fielding, Dick Francis, Al Franken, W. E. B. Griffin, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, John Hodgman, Nick Hornby, the Dalai Lama, Kate Jacobs, Diane Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Garrison Keillor, Anne Lamott, John Lescroart, James McBride, Terry McMillan, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Kathleen Norris, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert B. Parker, Ridley Pearson, Michael Pollan, John Sandford, Carol Shields, Daniel Silva, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, Kurt Vonnegut and Stuart Woods.
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is also a global leader in children's publishing, through its Young Readers Group, with preeminent imprints such as Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Razorbill, Viking, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to Laurie Halse Anderson, Frank Beddor, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, John Green, Eric Hill, Anthony Horowitz, Brian Jacques, Mike Lupica, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also proud of perennial favorites such as The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.