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  • Obituary: Ernest J. Gaines, Novelist of the Black South, Dies at 86

    Ernest J. Gaines, award-winning author of the acclaimed novel 'The Autobiography of Jane Pittman,' and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipient, died of a heart attack at his home in Oscar, La. He was 86.

  • Obituary: Richard Jackson

    Legendary children’s book publisher, editor, and author Richard “Dick” Jackson died on October 2 from complications of multiple myeloma at his home in Towson, Md.

  • Obituary: Mordicai Gerstein

    Caldecott Award-winning children's author and illustrator Mordicai Gerstein, widely lauded for his mixed-media compositions featuring fluid pen-and-ink lines, died September 24 in Northampton, Mass., at the age of 83.

  • Booksource Founder Sandy Jaffe Dies at 80

    Sanford “Sandy” Jaffe, founder and CEO The Booksource, a book wholesaler and bindery focused on the education and library market, died September 12, He was 80.

  • Random House Publisher Susan Kamil Dies at 69

    Susan Kamil, publisher of Random House and a veteran publishing executive whose career spanned more than 40 years, died on Sunday, September 8, from complications from lung cancer. She was 69.

  • Obituary: Paule Marshall, Novelist of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora, Dies at 90

    Paule Marshall, an acclaimed novelist hailed for her literary representation of the African-American and Caribbean diasporan experience, died August 12 in Richmond, Va.

  • Obituary: Charles Santore

    Illustrator Charles Santore, widely recognized for the realistically detailed paintings in his interpretations of beloved children’s stories, died on August 11 at age 84.

  • Obituary: Lee Bennett Hopkins

    Lee Bennett Hopkins, passionate educator and prolific children’s poet and anthologist, died on August 8 in Cape Coral, Fla., at the age of 81.

  • Toni Morrison, Who Was America's Major Living Novelist, Dies at 88

    Toni Morrison, one of the great voices of 20th-century American literature and the only African-American laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died in New York on August 5, Knopf has confirmed. She was 88.

  • Obituary: Russell Perreault, V-p at Vintage Anchor, 52

    Veteran book publicist Russell Perreault died on Saturday. The executive director of publicity and social media for Penguin Random House's Vintage Anchor imprint, who had been with the unit for 25 years, was 52.

  • Obituary: Jason Schneider, 44

    Jason Schneider, editorial director for Skyhorse Publishing, died July 26 after a long illness. He was 44.

  • Obituary: Literary Agent Irene Skolnick Dies at 80

    Literary agent Irene Skolnick died June 27, 2019, after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

  • Obituary: Management Consultant John Huenefeld, 90

    John Carl Huenefeld, founder of a management consulting firm that catered to mid-size book publishers, died on June 14. He was 90.

  • Ifeanyi Menkiti, Grolier Poetry Book Shop Owner, Dies at 78

    Ifeanyi Menkiti, owner of the 92-year-old Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Cambridge, Mass., has died at the age of 78.

  • Susannah Hunnewell, 'Paris Review' Publisher, Dies at 52

    Susannah Hunnewell, publisher of the 'Paris Review' since 2015, died of cancer on June 15 at her home in New York. She was 52.

  • Bill Loverd, Former Knopf Publicist, Dies at 78

    Loverd, who worked at Knopf for nearly 40 years, died yesterday. During his storied career, he oversaw the promotion of some of the most distinguished authors of the era, including Toni Morrison, John Cheever and Robert Caro.

  • Robert Bernstein Dies at 96

    The publisher, whose distinguished publishing career saw him guide the growth of Random House from 1966 to 1990 and who became a major advocate for human rights, died on May 27 at age 96.

  • Mark Saunders, UVA Press Director, Dies of Heart Attack

    Mark Harril Saunders, director of the University of Virginia Press since 2013, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home over the weekend. He was 52.

  • Obituary: Charles Rue Woods

    Charles Rue Woods, art director at Grove Atlantic for nearly 20 years, died May 15. He was 69.

  • Obituary: Michelle Lewy, 62

    Michelle Lewy, who held executive spots at a number of publishing houses, died May 7. She was 62.

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