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  • Obituary: U.K. Literary Agent Felicity Bryan

    Felicity Bryan, founder of Felicity Bryan Associates and one of Britain’s most respected literary agents, died June 21 of cancer. She was 74.

  • Obituary: Stella Pevsner

    Children's author Stella Pevsner, widely known for her middle grade and YA novels that often addressed difficult subjects, died on June 11 at age 98.

  • Obituary: India Cooper

    Veteran book publishing copy editor and actor India Cooper died on May 17 in Madison, Ind., after a brief illness. She was 67.

  • Bookselling Visionary Harry Hoffman Dies at 92

    Harry Hoffman, the most powerful person in bookselling in the 1980s as the CEO of Waldenbooks, died on May 20 at age 92. Hoffman took over the 500-bookstore chain in 1979 and, when he retired in 1991, the chain had about 1,300 outlets and sales of over $1 billion.

  • Obituary: Karen Blumenthal

    Children's book author and journalist Karen Blumenthal, widely recognized for her works of narrative nonfiction addressing complicated subject matters, died on May 19 ; she was 61.

  • Obituary: Charles Dorsey

  • Obituary: Thomas Low

    Thomas Low, cofounder and CEO of multicultural children's publishing house Lee & Low Books, has died of cancer. He was 78.

  • Obituary: Frances Goldin

    Longtime literary agent and left-wing activist Frances Goldin died May 16. She was 95.

  • Obituary: PRH Contracts Director Bill Shannon Dies at 57

    Bill Shannon, contracts director for the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, died May 9 after an extended illness from complications of kidney cancer.

  • S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy Dies of Heart Attack

    Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster since 2008, died of a heart attack on May 12. She was 71.

  • Obituary: Irv Myers

    Irv Myers, a respected publishing logistics expert for such companies as Waldenbooks, Rowman & Littlefield/NBN, and New Leaf, died May 7 of a heart attack. He was 68.

  • Obituary: Marian Wood

    Marian Wood, a veteran editor and former v-p and publisher of an eponymous imprint at G.P. Putnam's Sons, died over the weekend. Penguin Random House called Wood's time in the business, which began in the 1970s, "one of the most illustrious careers in publishing."

  • Obituary: Robert Kimmel Smith

    Writer and children's book author Robert Kimmel Smith, widely known for such popular middle grade novels as 'Chocolate Fever' and 'The War with Grandpa,' died on April 18 of natural causes; he was 89.

  • RH's Bob Loomis Dies at Age 93

    Bob Loomis, who began his career as an editor at Random House when company founders Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer were still running the publisher, died April 19 at age 93. Loomis retired from Random House in 2011.

  • Obituary: Jean Little

    Canadian children's book author Jean Little, internationally recognized for her novels featuring characters who realistically deal with adversity, died on April 6 at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, Ontario. She was 88.

  • Obituary: Dreamscape Publisher Tammy Faxel

    Faxel, who joined Midwest Tape's Dreamscape Media in 2014 and quickly took the helm as publisher, died unexpectedly on March 30. She was 55.

  • Obituary: Tomie dePaola

    Award-winning author-illustrator Tomie dePaola, widely known for his stylized folk-art illustrations and vast catalogue of popular picture books, died March 30 of complications from surgery following a fall. He was 85.

  • Teresa Mlawer, Spanish-Language Publishing Pioneer, Dies at 75

    Mlawer, one of the most recognized and respected people in the Hispanic publishing industry in the U.S., died on March 21; PW's Spanish-language editor Leyhla Aquile offers a tribute.

  • Marcella Berger, Longtime S&S Sub Rights Director, Dies

    Marcella Berger, former v-p, director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster, died March 16.

  • Obituary: Lucky Spool Media Founder Susanne Woods Dies at 47

    Susanne Woods, founder and publisher of needle and sewing crafts publisher Lucky Spool Media, died on February 19 of complications from metastatic breast cancer at her home in Pleasanton, Calif.

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