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  • 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.

  • Memorial Celebrates Life of S&S's Carolyn Reidy

    A memorial for Carolyn Reidy, who died on May 12, celebrated the life of the influential Simon & Schuster publisher. Speakers included former colleagues as well as authors, including Doris Kearns Goodwin and Hillary Clinton.

  • 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.

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