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  • Obituary: George Lovitt

    George Lovitt, a publishing and advertising veteran of nearly 40 years, died February 6 at the age of 90. Lovitt began his publishing career in the late 1940s as a member of John Wiley & Sons.

  • Obituary: Jon Beckmann, Former Sierra Club Books Publisher, Dead at 76

    Jon Beckmann, the publisher of Sierra Club Books from 1973 to 1994, died on January 9, 2013 in Northern California. He was 76.

  • Obituary: Nina Ignatowicz

    Children's book editor Nina Ignatowicz died on January 19. She was 75. Ignatowicz began her career in children's books in 1961, when she was hired by Susan Hirschman to be the receptionist for Harper Junior Books.

  • Obituary: Jan Ormerod

    Australian-born author and illustrator Jan Ormerod died in Cambridge, England, on January 23 after a long illness. She was 67.

  • Aaron Frisch, Editor and Author, Dies at 37

    Funeral services were held in Minnesota on Saturday morning for children's and YA book author Aaron Frisch, 37, who died tragically and unexpectedly on January 7.

  • Obituary: Gerald McDermott

    Author, illustrator, and filmmaker Gerald McDermott died on December 26 at age 71. McDermott wrote and illustrated many picture books, and won the 1975 Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun: A Tale from the Pueblo.

  • Obituary: Christopher Davis

    Christopher Davis, one of the founders of Dorling Kindersley, has died at the age of 71.

  • Obituary: Judy Morse

    Judy Morse, who retired as director of contracts, copyrights and permissions from Penguin Group (USA) in March after nearly 40 years in the business, died November 28 after a short illness. Judy was a beloved colleague and a mentor to more than a generation of publishing professionals.

  • Memorial for Patrick O'Connor on December 15

    A memorial service for editor, dance critic, poet, and author Patrick O’Connor will be held in New York City on Saturday, December 15, at 11:00 AM, at the Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, with a reception to follow. All who wish to attend are welcome. For the convenience of his many friends across the country, additional celebrations of Patrick’s life will be held in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 and in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday, February 24, 2013.

  • Obituary: Jeanie Guman

    Jeanie Guman, sales director at Disney Book Group, died on November 12 from complications due to a long struggle with leukemia.

  • Obituary: Larry Sloan, 89

    Book publisher Larry Sloan, best known for the “non-book” and humor titles from Price Stern Sloan, the press he co-founded with comedy writers Leonard Stern and Roger Price in 1953, died in Los Angeles on October 14. He was 89.

  • Obituary: Nina Bawden

    British author Nina Bawden, best known for the children’s novel Carrie's War, died on August 22 at her home in London. She was 87.

  • Obituary: Jean Merrill

    Jean Merrill, the children’s author best known for her 1964 title The Pushcart War, died from cancer on August 2 at her home in Randolph, Vt., at age 87.

  • Obituary: Remy Charlip

    Children's author and illustrator, dancer, actor and multi-talented artist Remy Charlip died on August 14. He was 83.

  • Gore Vidal: 1925-2012

    Gore Vidal, one of the country's most celebrated post-war writers, died at home in Los Angeles on Tuesday of complications from pneumonia. He was 86. Here, in memory of the great man of letters, is PW's archival coverage of Vidal and his books.

  • Obituary: Sally Ride

    Sally Ride, the esteemed scientist, professor, and author best known as the first U.S. woman sent into outer space, died of pancreatic cancer on July 23. She was 61. Ride co-authored seven books for children.

  • Obituary: Margaret Mahy

    Award-winning New Zealand author Margaret Mahy died July 23 in Christchurch following a brief illness. She was 76. Mahy won the Carnegie Medal for her first two novels, The Haunting and The Changeover, and she was presented the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.

  • Obituary: Donald J. Sobol

    Donald J. Sobol, creator of the popular Encyclopedia Brown mystery series as well as numerous titles for young adults, died on July 11. He was 87.

  • Obituary: Else Holmelund Minarik

    Else Holmelund Minarik, the acclaimed children’s book author best known for her Little Bear books for early readers, died on July 12 at her home in Sunset Beach, N.C., of complications from a recent heart attack. She was 91.

  • Obituary: Rosa Guy

    Esteemed children's book author Rosa Guy died on Sunday, June 3, of cancer, at her New York City home. She was 89.

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