Penguin announces unprecedented list of award-winning authors for Ann Godoff's new imprint

Susan Petersen Kennedy Announces The Unprecedented Acquisition Of One of The Largest and Most Prestigious Lists of Award-Winning Authors For Ann Godoff's Penguin Group (USA) Imprint, The Penguin Press

-- New imprint's inaugural list for Winter 2004 unveiled --

New York, New York, April 2, 2003: Susan Petersen Kennedy, President of Penguin Group (USA), today announced the unprecedented acquisition of one of the largest and most prestigious lists of award-winning authors at one time for the new Ann Godoff imprint, The Penguin Press.

Ms. Petersen Kennedy commented, ?The acquisition of these 13 bestselling, critically acclaimed authors will bring at least three million new readers to Penguin Group. The caliber and scope of Ann's debut list is a tribute to her extraordinary talent and to her passion and commitment to publishing quality literature.

?In choosing to name the new imprint The Penguin Press, we are signaling our intention to create a home for books built on a firm foundation, dedicated to quality, and expected to outlive us all.?

Ms. Godoff, President and Publisher of The Penguin Press, commented: ?As evidenced by our first list, The Penguin Press will be all about the writers. It is our intention to publish authors for the long term, and to build an imprint the old fashioned way, book by book.?

The Penguin Press will have 12 titles on its first list. The editorial load will be shared between Ms. Godoff and Senior Editor Scott Moyers.

Ms. Petersen Kennedy added: ?We are very pleased that The Penguin Press can begin publishing next year with such a wonderful and exciting list. I look forward to reading every one of the books.?

The Penguin Press Winter 2004 list follows, in alphabetical order:

  • Ken Auletta, one of America's most celebrated journalists, investigates the most powerful people and institutions shaping his industry, for good and ill, in BACKSTORY: Inside the Business of News. 
  • Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit expand on their influential New York Review of Books essay in OCCIDENTALISM: The Idea of the West in the Minds of its Enemies, a groundbreaking investigation of the genealogy of anti-Western stereotypes and their impact, from Tsarist Russia and Nazi Germany to Osama bin Laden.
  • Ron Chernow, winner of the National Book Award for The House of Morgan and the best-selling author of Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., has written the seminal biography of Alexander Hamilton, the innovative founding father who, more than anyone else, galvanized, inspired, and scandalized the newborn nation. 
  • Steve Coll, Managing Editor of the Washington Post, gives a news-breaking investigative report on the twenty plus years of mostly hidden U.S. involvement in Afghanistan that preceded our post-September 11th war against the Taliban.
  • Evan Cornog, an Associate Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, examines the ways in which Presidents (and Presidential hopefuls) craft their public images as stories that they continually revise as circumstances require in THE POWER AND THE STORY: How Presidential Narratives Shape America.
  • Richard J. Evans, an Oxford historian, presents in THE COMING OF THE THIRD REICH, his much-anticipated magisterial reckoning with perhaps the single most important story of the 20th century: how Germany slid from a stable, modern country into the ?Hitler state? that left in its wake a Europe in ruins and a world changed beyond all recognition.
  • Charlie LeDuff, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist, will publish WORK AND OTHER SINS: Life in New York City and Thereabouts, a wry and singular look at the city: the bars, the workingmen, the gamblers, the lonesome, the eccentric.
  • Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor, called ?the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era? (The New Yorker), and who argued the recent landmark copyright case before the Supreme Court, presents FREE CULTURE: Creativity and its Enemies, a powerful warning about how big interests are using new laws and technologies to control how culture is used.
  • Roger Lowenstein, best-selling author of Buffett and When Genius Failed, gives what is sure to be the lasting examination of the rise and fall of the great Wall Street boom of the 1990s in ORIGINS OF THE CRASH: The Great Bubble and Its Undoing.
  • Dean Smith, the most successful coach in the history of college basketball, offers his wisdom on building and maintaining winning teams in sports, business and life in THE CAROLINA WAY: Lessons from a Life in Coaching.
  • Zac Unger, writing his first book, presents WORKING FIRE: A Memoir, an unlikely fireman's funny, heartfelt and harrowing account of growing into his calling in Oakland, California, one of the most dangerous cities for firefighters in America.
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon presents his international literary sensation, THE SHADOW OF THE WIND. This debut novel set in 20th-century Barcelona, chronicles the journey of a rare-book dealer's son who falls in love with a mysterious book and embarks on a fateful, dangerous quest to find its author. Zafon's novel dominated Spain's bestseller lists for two years and has already been sold to over twenty countries.

A majority of The Penguin Press trade paperback editions will be published by Penguin Books, of which Kathryn Court, who also reports to Ms. Petersen Kennedy, is president. Penguin Books is a trade paperback imprint of Penguin Group (USA).


Ms. Godoff's track record for identifying extraordinary books and writers is extremely impressive. She is recognized among her peers as a brilliant editor, savvy publisher and a highly respected business leader. During her career, she has personally acquired and edited such authors as Arundhati Roy, Zadie Smith, Adam Gopnik, Caleb Carr, Ron Chernow, Suzan-Lori Parks, Tina Rosenberg, Frank Rich, Alexandra Fuller, Jeffrey Toobin, Robert Rubin, Kurt Andersen, and Alan Furst.

Penguin Group (USA) is one of the most profitable consumer book publishers in the nation. It is home to some of the most highly regarded editors and authors in the industry. Penguin Group is known for its heavy-hitting literary figures such as Dorothy Allison, Saul Bellow, A. Scott Berg, Harold Bloom, Nick Hornby, Garrison Keillor, William Kennedy, the Dalai Lama, Anne Lamott, Chang Rae Lee, James McBride, Arthur Miller, Peggy Noonan, Kathleen Norris, Nathaniel Philbrick, Steven Pinker, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, and Kurt Vonnegut. Famous for its ability to publish books that rise to the top of bestseller lists as soon as they are released, Penguin Group (USA)'s list of perennial New York Times bestselling authors include Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, Jan Karon, Clive Cussler, John Sandford, Sue Grafton, W.E.B. Griffin, Catherine Coulter, Steve Martini, Daniel Silva, Maeve Binchy, Terry McMillan, Ken Follett, Eric Carle, Judy Blume, and Brian Jacques.

In 2002, Penguin Group (USA) led the nation in placing books at #1 on The New York Times bestseller lists, a 25% increase over the 2001 total. Within the 52 weeks of rankings, it had 24 books, from across all divisions, that hit #1 on The New York Times lists. Penguin Group authors were also recognized with many prestigious honors, awards and nominations, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, National Book Awards for

2002 (three of Penguin Group's books were NBA finalists), Edgar Awards and Pen Center USA Literary Awards. With over 30 first novels published last year, the company excelled in its efforts to publish fresh new literary and commercial voices.

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Marilyn Ducksworth, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2564

Dave Zimmer, Penguin Group (USA), (212) 366-2687