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  • Obituary: Carl Apollonio, 91

    Carl Apollonio, who retired as v-p and director of sales of Crown Publishers in 1990, died on January 24. He was 91.

  • Obituary: George Ancona

    Mexican American children's author, photographer, and filmmaker George Ancona, acclaimed for his slice-of-life photo essays introducing children to new experiences or cultures, has died at age 91.

  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Peerless Poet-Publisher, Dies at 101

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the Beat Generation's most prominent poets and the founder of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, died on February 22 in San Francisco. He was 101.

  • Obituary: David Cully

    David Cully, who served in executive positions at some of publishing’s biggest companies and retired as president of Baker & Taylor in 2019, died on February 14 of cancer. He was 68.

  • Legendary Cookbook Editor Maria Guarnaschelli Dies at 79

    The editor behind the 1997 revision of 'The Joy of Cooking' and many other influential cookbooks, as well as works of nonfiction and literature, died on Saturday on Long Island. She was 79.

  • Obituary: Anne Irish

    Anne Irish, a leading figure in U.S. children's bookselling, died on January 26 at age 78; she was among a cadre of women who opened and purchased bookstores in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Obituary: Mitsumasa Anno

    Japanese artist and children's book author-illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, known for his highly detailed illustrations containing visual tricks, humorous elements, and math concepts, died on December 24. He was 94.

  • Obituary: Kathleen Krull

    Prolific children’s book author and former editor Kathleen Krull died on January 15 following a brief illness; she was 68.

  • Obituary: Anton Strout, 50

    Penguin Random House sales rep and Ace author Anton Strout died suddenly on December 30. He was 50.

  • Obituary: Roland Elgey, 65

    Publishing industry veteran Roland Elgey died recently at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., after an 18-month battle with colorectal cancer. He was 65.

  • John le Carré's Literary Legacy, Visualized

    The master of the Cold War thriller, John le Carré, died Saturday at 89. In 2016, 'PW' took a deep dive into the nearly 60-year literary of le Carré and offered a data visualization of some highlights from his long literary career.

  • Obituary: Ava Weiss

    Ava Weiss, the highly regarded, former longtime art director at Greenwillow Books, died on November 25 at the age of 95.

  • 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.

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