Dinah Dunn

Dinah Dunn - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Former Hachette editor with 20+ years experience developing and editing bestselling nonfiction for children and adults

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Overview

For more than a decade I worked with terrific authors at Black Dog & Leventhal, a nonfiction imprint of Hachette, on topics that ranged from skyscrapers and cemeteries to the Gilded Age and the golden age of hip hop. Before that, I spent my formative years packaging illustrated nonfiction for major houses at Byron Preiss Visual Publications and Downtown Bookworks.

I love working with both first-time and experienced authors, helping them to develop and hone their ideas to create books that are the best reflection of their talent. My personal passion is history and armchair travel, which I write for children, but also have extensive experience in cooking, pop culture, and nature.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Entertainment
History
Nature
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

Senior Editor

Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette Book Group
July, 2007 – January, 2019 (over 11 years)

Conceived and acquired titles for children and adults, with a focus on history, music, armchair travel, and popular culture, as well as creating proprietary titles, calendars, and other ancillary products.

Senior Editor

Downtown Bookworks
March, 2006 – June, 2007 (over 1 year)

Developed projects, edited manuscripts, and worked with publishers on all stages of production,
including an illustrated children’s edition of the New York Times-bestseller 1491 by Charles C. Mann

Senior Editor

Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc.
September, 1993 – February, 2006 (over 12 years)

Acquired, edited and packaged approximately 20 fiction and nonfiction titles a year for major
publishers, including Dream of Freedom by Pulitzer Prize-winner Diane McWhorter (five starred
reviews) and the #1 New York Times-bestseller I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910

Esther Crain

The drama, expansion, mansions and wealth of New York City's transformative Gilded Age era, from 1870 to 1910, captured in a magnificently illustrated hardcover.In forty short years, New York City suddenly became a city of skyscrapers, subways, streetlights, and Central Park, as well as sprawling bridges that connected the once-distant boroughs. In Manhattan, more than a million poor immigrant... read more

The drama, expansion, mansions and wealth of New York City's transformative Gilded Age era, from 1870 to 1910, captured in a magnificently illustrated hardcover.In forty short years, New York City suddenly became a city of skyscrapers, subways, streetlights, and Central Park, as well as sprawling bridges that connected the once-distant boroughs. In Manhattan, more than a million poor immigrant... read more

Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings -- Revised and Updated

Judith Dupre

A landmark bestseller, Skyscrapers is the unique colossal celebration of the world's most significant and striking super-structures that "captivates the eye, mind and imagination," writes The New York Times.Uniquely designed to showcase the full color images of these tall buildings, Skyscrapers explores the architecture, engineering, and cultural impact of more than 60 skyline defining buildin... read more

A landmark bestseller, Skyscrapers is the unique colossal celebration of the world's most significant and striking super-structures that "captivates the eye, mind and imagination," writes The New York Times.Uniquely designed to showcase the full color images of these tall buildings, Skyscrapers explores the architecture, engineering, and cultural impact of more than 60 skyline defining buildin... read more

Bob Dylan: All the Songs - the Story Behind Every Track

Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon

All the Songs is the most comprehensive exploration of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize-winning music and lyrics yet, with the behind-the-scenes look at the studio recording session, album, and every single released during his remarkable 50+ year career.This New York Times-bestselling, definitive book captures in words and photos Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording... read more

All the Songs is the most comprehensive exploration of Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize-winning music and lyrics yet, with the behind-the-scenes look at the studio recording session, album, and every single released during his remarkable 50+ year career.This New York Times-bestselling, definitive book captures in words and photos Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording... read more

Simple: The Easiest Cookbook in the World

This is really the EASIEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD. Every recipe has less than four steps and fewer than six ingredients, illustrated with more than 1,000 user-friendly photographs. No wonder it is an overnight international bestseller! Want a quick answer to "What should I eat?" Simple-with its clean design, large type, straightforward photos, and handy icons-will have you enjoying a meal in mi... read more

This is really the EASIEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD. Every recipe has less than four steps and fewer than six ingredients, illustrated with more than 1,000 user-friendly photographs. No wonder it is an overnight international bestseller! Want a quick answer to "What should I eat?" Simple-with its clean design, large type, straightforward photos, and handy icons-will have you enjoying a meal in mi... read more

199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die

Loren Rhoads

A hauntingly beautiful travel guide to the world's most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents. More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris's Père Lachaise cemetery each year. They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid histo... read more

A hauntingly beautiful travel guide to the world's most visited cemeteries, told through spectacular photography and their unique histories and residents. More than 3.5 million tourists flock to Paris's Père Lachaise cemetery each year. They are lured there, and to many cemeteries around the world, by a combination of natural beauty, ornate tombstones and crypts, notable residents, vivid histo... read more

How to Camp in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Finding, Outfitting, and Enjoying Your Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Devon Fredericksen

Perfect for everyone from novices to boondockers, How to Camp in the Woods compiles contemporary and classic wisdom, practical tips, and illustrated DIY advice on every aspect of equipping, packing, setting up camp, cooking, and improvising no matter where you are in the great outdoors. If you want to immerse yourself or your family in the natural world but still be warm, dry, and comfortable,... read more

Perfect for everyone from novices to boondockers, How to Camp in the Woods compiles contemporary and classic wisdom, practical tips, and illustrated DIY advice on every aspect of equipping, packing, setting up camp, cooking, and improvising no matter where you are in the great outdoors. If you want to immerse yourself or your family in the natural world but still be warm, dry, and comfortable,... read more

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work, Jacques Pépin?s Complete Techniques, is completely revised and updated with more than 1,000 color photographs and 30% new techniques. Based on Pépin?s 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique,Jacques Pépin'sComplete Techniq... read more

Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work, Jacques Pépin?s Complete Techniques, is completely revised and updated with more than 1,000 color photographs and 30% new techniques. Based on Pépin?s 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique,Jacques Pépin'sComplete Techniq... read more

Forest Life: Practical Meditations on Canoeing, Fishing, Hunting, and Bushcraft (Classic Outdoors)

George Washington Sears

Forest bathers, readers of Cabin Porn and Your Cabin in the Woods, rejoice! This illustrated collection of Sears' odes to the outdoors is your perfect escape into nature. Forest Life collects George Washington Sears' timeless writing about the joys of exploring the wilderness, edited for a modern audience. In text both practical and inspirational, Sears' provides enduring wisdom about trips in... read more

Forest bathers, readers of Cabin Porn and Your Cabin in the Woods, rejoice! This illustrated collection of Sears' odes to the outdoors is your perfect escape into nature. Forest Life collects George Washington Sears' timeless writing about the joys of exploring the wilderness, edited for a modern audience. In text both practical and inspirational, Sears' provides enduring wisdom about trips in... read more

Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History

Chuck D

A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.Based on Chuck's long-running show on Rapstati... read more

A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world.In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until now.Based on Chuck's long-running show on Rapstati... read more

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