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  • Obituary: John O'Brien, Founder of Dalkey Archive Press

    John O'Brien, the founder of Dalkey Archive Press, died on November 21 in Illinois. He was 75 years old. O'Brien left behind a legacy of having championed daring authors and having published 1,000 books from more than 50 countries.

  • Obituary: Fred Hills, 85

    Fred Hills, who edited an array of literary luminaries and celebrities including Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, Jane Fonda, and Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Boll, died on November 7. He was 85.

  • Obituary: Don O'Connor, 63

    Don O’Connor, Macmillan’s senior field sales and national account manager for Ingram Kids, died on November 13. He was 63.

  • Obituary: William B. Eerdmans Jr.

    William “Bill” B. Eerdmans Jr., who led the family-owned Christian publishing house Wm. B. Eerdmans for more than 50 years, died on November 13. He was 97.

  • Joan Drury, Author, Publisher, and Bookseller, Dies at 75

    The philanthropist—who was also an author, publisher, and, most recently, an indie bookseller—died in Grand Marais, Minn., on November 9. She was 75.

  • Obituary: Mildred Hird, 98

    Mildred Hird, one of the first publishing executives to specialize in the sale of foreign rights of American books, died on November 2 at her home in New York City.

  • Fred Klein, Who Helped Build Bantam Books, Dies at 97

    Fred Klein, who helped make Bantam Books a major force in mass market paperback publishing in the 1960s and 1970s, died on October 22. He was described by a former colleague as "the greatest ringmaster the publishing world has ever known.”

  • Grove Atlantic Executive Editor Joan Bingham Dies at 85

    Joan Bingham, longtime executive editor of Grove Atlantic and a key figure in the merger that created the house, died October 31. She was 85.

  • Obituary: Randy Kessler

    Randy Kessler, national accounts manager at Scholastic, died unexpectedly on October 22 at the age of 50.

  • Obituary: Jill Paton Walsh

    Award-winning British author Jill Paton Walsh has died at age 83.

  • Obituary: David Gale

    Children’s book editor David Gale, who shaped a distinguished roster of award-winning titles and proudly championed works of LGBTQ literature, died on October 9 following a long illness; he was 65.

  • Obituary: Bette Greene

    Author Bette Greene, known for her books that honestly addressed difficult subject matter, including 'Summer of My German Soldier,' died on October 2 at age 86.

  • Black and Pragmatic: The Life and Books of Stanley Crouch

    The death of Stanley Crouch—author, jazz critic, columnist, and novelist—at age 74 ended five decades of engrossing, often iconoclastic declarations on race, jazz, politics, film criticism, and American culture.

  • Fantasy Novelist Terry Goodkind Dies at 72

    Bestselling fantasy novelist Terry Goodkind, author of the epic fantasy series Sword of Truth, died on September 17.

  • Obituary: Sam McBratney

    Irish children's author Sam McBratney, most widely known for the classic, bestselling picture book 'Guess How Much I Love You,' died on September 18; he was 77.

  • Patrick Turner, 'PW' Co-Owner, Dies at 71

    Patrick Turner, a book designer and art director for a number of book and magazine publishers and who was most recently co-owner of 'PW,' died last week after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.

  • Obituary: John Adams

    John Adams, national accounts manager for Penguin Random House, died August 3 of an apparent heart attack. He was 64. A veteran sales rep, he was with PRH and its predecessor companies for 34 years.

  • John Lewis, Heroic Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 80

    Rep. John Lewis, a fearless leader during the Civil Rights Movement, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, and the author of the March trilogy, a graphic memoir of the Civil Rights Movement and the first work of comics arts to receive a National Book Award, died on July 17.

  • Obituary: Dick Donahue

    Dick Donahue, retired features editor at 'Publishers Weekly,' died on July 5 at his assisted living residence, the Beth Abraham Center in the Bronx. He was 79.

  • Obituary: Peter Quandt

    Peter Quandt, a former president and CEO of Macmillan Book Clubs and the K-III Education Group, has died of cancer in Chappaqua, N.Y. He was 71.

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