Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist, Partners with G.P. Putnam's Sons to Publish Her First Book, BUSHWORLD, This Summer

May 19, 2004, 01:00 ET from Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

    NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Maureen Dowd, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
 New York Times columnist, has agreed to partner with G.P. Putnam's Sons for
 her first foray into the book publishing world.  Her debut, entitled
 BUSHWORLD, is a powerful look at the current administration.  Neil Nyren,
 Senior Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam's Sons,
 has acquired world and audio rights from literary agent Esther Newberg of ICM
 and it will be published in hardcover by Putnam in August 2004.  Its release
 is timed to coincide with the upcoming Democratic and Republican conventions
 and the home stretch of the run for the Oval Office.  The Berkley paperback
 edition will be published in 2005.
     Mr. Nyren commented, "Like a great deal of America, I've been an enormous
 fan of Maureen Dowd's work for many years. It's a genuine pleasure to be able
 to work with her on her first book -- and an extraordinary book, at that."
     For eighteen years, Dowd has written about Washington and America in a
 voice that is caustic, funny, passionate, outraged and eloquent.  Nothing has
 engaged her so powerfully, however, as the deeds of the George W. Bush
 administration.  Now, in BUSHWORLD, Dowd draws upon her celebrated work to
 probe the world of Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove and company.
 It is destined to be one of the most remarkable works of the year - a must
 read for anyone interested in American politics and the Presidency.
 
     NOTE TO THE PRESS:
     Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished
 commentary, became a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after
 having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986.
 She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House
 correspondent.  She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York
 Times Magazine.
     Dowd began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington
 Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and
 feature writer.  When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine. Dowd
 joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983.
 
     Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally
 renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult
 and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and
 trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's
 Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The Penguin
 Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The
 Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the
 international media company.
 
 

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    NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Maureen Dowd, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
 New York Times columnist, has agreed to partner with G.P. Putnam's Sons for
 her first foray into the book publishing world.  Her debut, entitled
 BUSHWORLD, is a powerful look at the current administration.  Neil Nyren,
 Senior Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam's Sons,
 has acquired world and audio rights from literary agent Esther Newberg of ICM
 and it will be published in hardcover by Putnam in August 2004.  Its release
 is timed to coincide with the upcoming Democratic and Republican conventions
 and the home stretch of the run for the Oval Office.  The Berkley paperback
 edition will be published in 2005.
     Mr. Nyren commented, "Like a great deal of America, I've been an enormous
 fan of Maureen Dowd's work for many years. It's a genuine pleasure to be able
 to work with her on her first book -- and an extraordinary book, at that."
     For eighteen years, Dowd has written about Washington and America in a
 voice that is caustic, funny, passionate, outraged and eloquent.  Nothing has
 engaged her so powerfully, however, as the deeds of the George W. Bush
 administration.  Now, in BUSHWORLD, Dowd draws upon her celebrated work to
 probe the world of Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove and company.
 It is destined to be one of the most remarkable works of the year - a must
 read for anyone interested in American politics and the Presidency.
 
     NOTE TO THE PRESS:
     Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished
 commentary, became a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after
 having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986.
 She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House
 correspondent.  She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York
 Times Magazine.
     Dowd began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington
 Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and
 feature writer.  When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine. Dowd
 joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983.
 
     Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally
 renowned Penguin Group.  Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult
 and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and
 trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's
 Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The Penguin
 Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The
 Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the
 international media company.
 
 SOURCE  Penguin Group (USA) Inc.