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. In hardcover successes have included Lynne Truss' Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Talk to the Hand, Michael Gates Gill's How Starbucks Saved My Life, Russell Simmons' Do You!, Willie Nelson's The Tao of Willie, Cal Ripken Jr.'s Get in the Game, Julia Flynn Siler's The House of Mondavi, Patti Labelle's Lite Cuisine, Jim Nantz's Always By My Side, Hill Harper's Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister, Rev Run and Justine Simmons' Take Back Your Family, Marcella Hazan's Amarcord: Marcella Remembers, Larry Winget's It's Called Work for a Reason and You're Broke Because You Want to Be, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams' Game of Shadows, Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway's What Would Jackie Do?, Pamela Keogh's What Would Audrey Do?, Stephen Davis' Jim Morrison and Watch You Bleed. Also in hardcover Gotham has a golf publishing program that has included Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott's Every Shot Must Have a Purpose and The Game Before the Game, Stan Utley's The Art of the Short Game and The Art of Putting, Jim McLean's Golf Digest's Ultimate Drill Book, and Dr. Joe Parent's Zen Putting. Gotham also has a trade paperback publishing program and successes have included Nancy Amanda Redd's Body Drama, Lynne Truss' Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Kim France and Andrea Linnett's The Lucky Shopping Manual and The Lucky Guide To Mastering Any Style, Isaac Mizrahi's How to Have Style, Diablo Coady's Candy Girl, The Official eBay Bible by Jim Griffith, Ian Spector's The Truth About Chuck Norris, I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun by Professor Happy Cat, Sarah Turnbull's Almost French, Jim Kakalios The Physics of Superheroes, Matthew Polly's American Shaolin, Cindi Levi's Glamour's Big Book of Dos and Don'ts, Thomas Moore's Dark Nights of the Soul, and James Hollis' Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.
Subjects that Gotham's editors specialize in include: business, current affairs, consumer reference, food writing, golf, health and fitness, memoirs, personal finance, popular culture, self-help, spirituality, sports, travel narrative, and narrative nonfiction across a wide range of subjects.
President and Publisher
William Shinker has had a 40-year career in book selling and trade book publishing, beginning as a clerk in an independent bookstore. He founded Gotham Books in New York City on September 4, 2001. In Fall 2008, he took over responsibility for the Avery imprint. 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 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 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. 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, beauty and style, and thought provoking psychology, self help and motivation. Some current Gotham projects include: Almost French by Sarah Turnbull, Candy Girl by Diablo Coady, How to Have Style by Isaac Mizrahi, Bumping Into Geniuses by Danny Goldberg, Take Back Your Family by Reverend Run and Justine Simmons, Do You! by Russell Simmons, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, The Lucky Shopping Manual, Letters to a Young Brother and Letters to a Young Sister by Hill Harper, The Tao of Willie by Willie Nelson, and The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Lauren has worked with Thomas Moore, Ann Crittenden, Ruth Reichl, Jane Green, Brooke Siler, Cindy Crawford, Willie Nelson, Tom Perkins, Stephen Davis, Pamela Clarke Keogh, Coleman Barks, Mark Epstein, Lama Surya Das, Cheryl Richardson and Cherie Carter Scott.
Charlie Conrad joined Gotham Books as Executive Editor in January 2013. An editor for more than 25 years, he was formerly Vice President and Executive Editor of Crown/Random House, he has also been Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Paperbacks at Doubleday and Broadway Books (under William Shinker) and Editor-in-Chief of Anchor Books/Doubleday, and held editorial positions at Warner Books, Newmarket Press, and New American Library. His editorial interests include narrative nonfiction (history, investigative reporting, travel/adventure), biography and memoir and popular culture (film, music, sports). Among the New York Times bestselling authors he has worked with are Eric Clapton (Clapton: The Biography), Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven), Frances Mayes, (Under the Tuscan Sun), Frank Abagnale (Catch Me if You Can), David Kamp (The United States of Arugula), James Webb (Born Fighting), Ben Macintyre (Double Cross) and Geraldine Brooks (Nine Parts of Desire).
Jessica Sindler is an Editor at Gotham Books, where she began her publishing career as an editorial assistant in 2003. She edits an eclectic range of non-fiction and her list includes New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, Just My Type by Simon Garfield, and The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. She is particularly interested in the categories of narrative non-fiction, memoir, self-help/psychology, language books, humor, pop culture, and beauty and style.