The Penguin Press expansion continues, following the recent hire of Andrea Walker to acquire fiction for the Penguin imprint and the announcement by president Ann Godoff this spring that Penguin Press would be aiming to grow its list by 50 percent.
Colin Dickerman, most recently vice president and publishing director of Rodale Books, has now Read More
We were told Penguin Press would be expanding, and now the first hire has been announced since Scott Moyers’s return from The Wylie Agency and Eamon Dolan’s departure for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Andrea Walker has been hired as a senior editor at Penguin Press from Reagan Arthur Books, where she started Read More
Taiye Selasi’s first novel may not be finished, but Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison already approve.
The version of Selasi’s Ghana Must Go that Andrew Wylie sold this week to Ann Godoff at Penguin Press consisted of a hundred or so pages plus an outline. Even so, Wylie was wooing publishers by saying he would Read More
Chunk of Change
In today’s New York Post, Keith Kelly reports that Penguin Press has shelled out $5.3 million to sign up John Heilemann and Mark Halperin to write a sequel to “Game Change,” their best-selling chronicle of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, Matthew Flamm of Crain’s reports that the deal is raising some Read More
Yale Law professor Amy Chua’s first two books–World on Fire and Day of Empire–concerned international policy. Her third, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will take a turn for the domestic: it’s a parenting memoir.
The book, which generated heated interest in the days leading up to its sale, sold at auction to Ann Godoff of Read More
Vanessa Mobley, who abruptly left the Penguin Press at the end of January, is joining the Broadway Books imprint of Random House’s Crown Publishing Group as a senior editor.
Ms. Mobley, who was one of Ann Godoff’s top editors, is joining Broadway two months after the imprint got a new publisher in Diane Salvatore, a Read More
The Penguin Press, which has been one pair of hands short since Vanessa Mobley’s departure at the end of January, has hired Nick Trautwein of Bloomsbury to edit nonfiction.
Mr. Trautwein, who came to publishing from magazines, has been at Bloomsbury since 2006; while there, he edited such titles as Edmund White’s A Read More
Vanessa Mobley, one of the top book editors in New York, is leaving The Penguin Press, where she has worked under publisher Ann Godoff since 2006.
Several sources said it was her own decision.
Ms. Mobley, widely thought to be among the most talented 30-somethings in town when it comes to Read More
As far as most publishers were concerned, the battle for polling expert Nate Silver’s books came to a close last Friday when Penguin Group USA beat out a number of other houses in an intense best-bid auction that reached a sum in the neighborhood of $700,000.
For several publishers within Penguin, Read More
New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza finalized an agreement Monday with Vanessa Mobley of the Penguin Press to write a book about President-elect Barack Obama’s first year in office. Mr. Lizza’s contract, worth a sum in the mid-six-figures, was negotiated by his D.C.-based literary agent, Gail Ross. It is, to date, his second book deal, Read More