Dutton is a boutique imprint within the largest English language publisher in the world. Publicity and bestseller driven, we have a focused list of approximately 40 books per year, half fiction and half non-fiction. On average one in every four books published by Dutton hits the New York Times bestseller list each year, including ten of the first twelve titles published in 2012.
A small list with a huge audience, we are home to many #1 New York Times bestselling authors, most notably Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Elizabeth George, Eckhart Tolle and Al Franken. Dutton's roster of bestselling brand name fiction authors also include: Kelley Armstrong, Tracy Chevalier, Linda Fairstein, Lisa Gardner, Julie Garwood, Tami Hoag, Eric Jerome Dickey, Raymond Khoury, T. Jefferson Parker, Brad Taylor, and Jonathan Tropper. Our bestselling non-fiction authors include: Mark Adams, author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Tyler Cowen, author of An Economist Gets Lunch and The Great Stagnation, Timothy Keller, author of King's Cross and The Reason for God, Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, and Dan Savage, author of It Gets Better.
History of Dutton
Edward Payson Dutton founded a book-selling firm in Boston, in 1852 the eponymous E. P. Dutton, but it wasn't until 1864 when a branch office was set up in New York, that the company began to publish books. Its original focus was on religious titles, and the first bestseller was the two-volume Life of Christ by Frederic Farrar, published in 1874.
1885, John Macrae began working at Dutton as an office boy; he would spend fifty-nine years with the company rising in the ranks. He became President in 1923, and in 1928 he bought the publishing house and shared it with his two sons. During his tenure, E. P. Dutton published notable books such as The Proper Bostonians by Cleveland Amory, Marchette Chute's Shakespeare of London, The Conquest of Everest by John Hunt, Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan, as well as works by Lawrence Durrell, Milton Glaser, and Luigi Pirandello. The company also went on to publish books by John Irving (The World According to Garp), Peter Matthiessen, Jorge Luis Borges, Gavin Maxwell, Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy (Passages), and Mickey Spillane.
President and Publisher
Brian Tart joined Dutton in 1998 as Editor-in-Chief, and soon after acquired Sylvia Browne's #1 bestselling books on spirituality, Wendy Northcutt's million-copy humor franchise The Darwin Awards, and Dave Pelzer's first hardcover bestseller, the two million-copy phenomenon, A Man Named Dave. He was named Publisher in 2005 and then President in 2006. Among the authors he has acquired and edited are spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, author of the six-million copy #1 bestseller, A New Earth, which has spent seven months at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list; Rev. Timothy Keller, whose book, The Reason for God was World Magazine's Book of the Year in 2008; and Elizabeth George's #1 New York Times bestseller, Believing the Lie. He also edits "Daily Show" Contributor John Hodgman, author of the New York Times bestselling Areas of My Expertise trilogy, and Dan Savage, national columnist and award-winning author of The Kid, The Commitment and It Gets Better. He acquired and published Mark Adams's Turn Right at Machu Picchu, which has been a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and David Wilcock's surprise New York Times bestseller, The Source Field Investigations. Before joining Dutton, Mr. Tart was a Senior Editor at Bantam Books where he started his publishing career as an editorial assistant.
VP, Director of Marketing and Publicity
Christine Ball joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. In addition to managing both departments, she works directly with many authors as their publicist, including Harlan Coben, Tami Hoag, Linda Fairstein, Julie Garwood, and Lisa Gardner. Before joining Dutton, she had previously been Director of Publicity at Crown where she orchestrated the campaigns for the New York Times bestsellers: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, Look Me in the Eye by John Robison, among many others.
Ben Sevier joined Dutton as Senior Editor in January 2007, became Executive Editor in 2009 and was appointed Editor-in-Chief in 2011. His list includes the #1 New York Times bestsellers Harlan Coben, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Gardner, as well as the New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelists Jonathan Tropper, Linda Fairstein, Selden Edwards, Daniel Suarez, T. Jefferson Parker, Brad Taylor, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Marcus Sakey. Upcoming highlights on his fiction list include Jonathan Tropper's hilarious and heartbreaking One Last Thing Before I Go; Selden Edwards's The Lost Prince, the sequel to his beloved debut The Little Book; the #1 international bestseller The Absent One by Denmark's Jussi Adler-Olsen; The Last Trade by debut thriller writer and hedge fund insider James Conway; and futurist Daniel Suarez's terrifying vision of the future of drone warfare, Kill Decision. Prior to joining Dutton, Ben worked as an editor at St. Martin's Press, where he acquired and edited the acclaimed novelists Marcus Sakey, Ken Bruen, Louise Penny, Charles Finch, Paul Neilan, and Ben Rehder, among other distinguished debut novelists.
Stephen Morrow joined Dutton in 2006 as an executive editor specializing in nonfiction. He edits a wide range of science, economics, psychology, narrative nonfiction, and investigative journalism. His authors include award-winning writer, music producer, and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of the New York Times bestseller This is Your Brain on Music, Tyler Cowen, recently named one of the most influential economists of the decade by The Economist and author of the New York Times best-selling ebook The Great Stagnation, Maria Goodavage whose Soldier Dogs was his most recent best seller landing on both the New York Times and Publisher's Weekly lists. Also in 2012, The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World by Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll was named one of the best books of the year by The Financial Times and The Guardian. Books coming in 2013 include The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by groundbreaking canine intelligence researcher Brian Hare and The Plateau Effect by NBC reporter Bob Sullivan and Silicon Valley computer scientist Hugh Thompson. Before coming to Dutton, Mr. Morrow founded the imprint Pi Press and the hard science list at Free Press where he began his trade publishing career.
Jill Schwartzman joined Dutton in January 2012. Her forthcoming titles include Data, A Love Story, Amy Webb's humorous memoir about "gaming" online dating; the UK bestseller Mum's List, the story of a widower, his two young sons, and the inspiring list his wife left behind; and a memoir by former Fox News insider Joe Muto titled An Atheist in the Foxhole. Prior to this, she was a Senior Editor at Hyperion, and, before that, a Senior Editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks. Her titles have included the New York Times bestsellers Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, White Girl Problems by Babe Walker, Rafa by Rafael Nadal, and Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch. At Dutton, she acquires platform, publicity, and voice-driven non-fiction, with a focus on pop culture, memoir, humor, music, biography, and narrative non-fiction.
Denise Roy joined Dutton as Senior Editor in 2009. Her list focuses on fictioncontemporary and historical. Forthcoming in 2013 is New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini's historical novel Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, which chronicles the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle. Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway, set in 1850s Ohio along the Underground Railroad, marks the first time the internationally bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring has written about America. Lori Roy, author of Bent Road, winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, will follow her debut, named "Favorite Suspense Novel of 2011" by the New York Times, with Where Good People Walk. In Bee Ridgway's debut, acquired in a dual pre-empt with Michael Joseph, a man and a woman who reside in different centuries and unknowingly share a powerful gift that at once divides and unites them. Additionally, Denise acquires trade-paperback original fiction for Plume.
Jessica Horvath joined Dutton as publisher's assistant in August 2007 and became an Associate Editor in 2011. Among the bestselling and critically acclaimed writers she has worked with are Stephen White, Meg Gardiner, Brian D'Amato, Jennifer Lee Carrell, Raymond Khoury, and #1 New York Times bestsellers Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong. In 2011 Jess edited the New York Times bestsellers Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams and It Gets Better by Dan Savage and Terry Miller. Coming in Fall 2012: debut crime thriller Caravan of Thieves by David Rich and What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz.