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About Ballantine Books

ballantinebooksBallantine Books was established in 1952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine. As an undergraduate at Columbia University in the l930s, Ian had written a paper extolling the future of paperbound books; together with his wife, he went on to found the reprint houses Penguin USA (1939) and Bantam Books (1945.) World War II saw the popularization of paperbacks, which were distributed to military personnel in all theatres of war, and the time was now ripe to make them more widely available. This time the Ballantines concentrated on paperback originals–books first published in paperback form rather than hardcover–and though their list spanned a variety of subjects, they found a particular specialty in science fiction, fantasy, westerns, and mystery novels.

Today, Ballantine is one of America’s largest publishers of hardcover, trade paperback and mass market paperback books — spanning a remarkably wide variety of subjects. Publishing talented writers from every category and genre, its hardcover program is particularly strong in commercial fiction. Its impressive list of bestselling authors includes Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Garwood, Tess Gerritsen, Kristin Hannah, Linda Howard, Jonathan Kellerman, Lorna Landvik, Judith McNaught, Anne Perry, and Jeff Shaara. Its distinguished nonfiction list includes authors Mark Kurlansky, Harvey Mackay, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Alison Weir. In the areas of health and diet Ballantine has published the extraordinarily successful SUGAR BUSTERS! by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea, M.D., Sam Andrews, M.D., and Luis Balart, M.D.; and its parenting successes include SECRETS OF THE BABY WHISPERER by Tracy Hogg and RAISING CAIN by Michael Thompson. Notable titles on its literary fiction list are Dan Chaon’s YOU REMIND ME OF ME and Gail Godwin’s forthcoming QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD.

Covering an enormous range of subjects, the Ballantine trade paperback program offers appealing books for a diverse readership — from the works of John Updike and John Irving to the phenomenally bestselling Garfield and Peanuts books. Ballantine is especially proud of its Random House Reader’s Circle program, a select line of leading paperback originals and reprints marketed specifically for reading groups. This was the first imprint to bind a discussion guide into the back of each book — featuring author interviews, discussion questions, author biographies and excerpts from reviews.

rhtpNow offering the best of both Ballantine and Random House trade paperbacks with more than 400 titles, the Random House Reader’s Circle encompasses both literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction, from groundbreaking first novels to classic works of contemporary literature. In addition to longtime Random House Reader’s Circle authors such as Karen Armstrong, Elizabeth Berg, Dan Chaon, Fannie Flagg, Laura Hillenbrand, Alice Hoffman, Lorna Landvik , Adriana Trigiani, Anne Tyler, and Anna Quindlen, the Reader’s Circle list now also includes Sarah Dunant, Jonathan Harr, Azar Nafisi, Matthew Pearl, Arthur Phillips, Ruth Reichl, Lisa See, Curtis Sittenfeld, Amy Tan,and Amanda Eyre Ward.

The Ballantine/ Fawcett/ Ivy Mass Market imprints include such authors as Suzanne Brockmann, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Fannie Flagg, Julie Garwood, Tess Gerritsen, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kristin Hannah, Linda Howard, John Irving, Jonathan Kellerman, Richard North Patterson, Anne Perry, Anne Rice, Edward Rutherfurd, John Saul, and Margaret Truman.