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  • V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Laureate and Chronicler of Postcolonialism, Dies at 85

    The Trinidadian-born author of Indian ancestry lived his adult life in England, writing the powerful but polarizing books on migration and empire that won him the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • Indie Publisher Anita Miller Dies at 92

    Miller, the co-founder and senior editor of Academy Chicago Press, a quirky and erudite publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles, died on Saturday.

  • Obituary: Betty Miles

    Betty Miles, the pioneering feminist author of more than 25 books for children and young adults, died on July 19 at the age of 90.

  • Obituary: Judith Appelbaum, 78

    Judith Appelbaum, whose more than 50 years in the book world began soon after her graduation from Vassar, died July 25 at the age of 78.

  • Obituary: Patricia Hermes

    Prolific author Patricia Hermes, creator of more than 50 books for children and young adults, died on July 11 at her home in Phoenix; she was 82.

  • Obituary: Steve Ditko, Co-creator of Spider-Man, Dies at 90

    Ditko, who was best known as co-creator of the iconic superhero Spider-Man, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment June 29.

  • Harlan Ellison, Famously Difficult Sci-Fi Pioneer, Dies At 84

    The prolific author and screenwriter was a winner of multiple Hugo, Nebula, and Edgar awards—and also a notoriously combative personality.

  • Donald Hall, Former Poet Laureate, Dies at 89

    The recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, whose poetry and prose meditated on rural life and mortality, died in his home in Wilmot, N.H., on June 23.

  • Why Anthony Bourdain Matters

    Anthony Bourdain's friend and former editor, Karen Rinaldi, on how the late chef and writer broke boundaries with his storytelling, honesty, and singular voice.

  • Obituary: Elsevier's Karen Hunter

    Elsevier officials have announced that Karen Hunter, who retired in 2010 as Elsevier's senior v-p of global academic and customer relations, has died.

  • Obituary: Gloria Weiner Dies at 89

    Longtime bookseller Gloria Weiner died on Sunday, May 27. She was 89.

  • Obituary: Richard Peck

    Author Richard Peck, winner of the Newbery Medal and widely acclaimed for his realistic YA novels, died May 23 at his home in New York City following a long illness; he was 84.

  • Philip Roth, Titan of American Fiction, Dies at 85

    “The struggle with writing is done.” The Newark-born novelist, whose prolific output was matched perhaps only by his facility with the English language, died of congestive heart failure in Manhattan on May 22.

  • Tom Wolfe, 'New Journalist' Turned Literary Icon, Dies at 88

    The white suit-and-white hat–wearing Wolfe made his name as a literary journalist and found bestselling success with such books as 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,' 'Bonfire of the Vanities,' and the NBA-winning 'The Right Stuff.'

  • Obituary: Ann Durell

    Esteemed children’s book editor and publisher Ann Durell died at her home in Manhattan on May 6; she was 87.

  • Peter Mayer Dies at 82

    Peter Mayer, whose legendary publishing career spanned both sides of the Atlantic, has died. Among his many accomplishments, Mayer turned around a money-losing Penguin into a worldwide publishing powerhouse.

  • Obituary: Alice Provensen

    Author and illustrator Alice Provensen, who with her late husband Martin Provensen illustrated more than 40 books and won a Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor before starting a solo career, died on April 23 at 99.

  • Obituary: Anne Rockwell

    Author and illustrator Anne Rockwell, celebrated for her many informational picture books for very young children, died of natural causes on April 10. She was 85.

  • Obituary: Mimi Kayden

    Children’s book marketing director Mimi Kayden, whose tenure at Dutton and Penguin Young Readers lasted 28 years, died on April 16 following a brief illness; she was 84.

  • Obituary: Sam Hamill, Co-Founder of Copper Canyon Press

    Poet Sam Hamill, the founding editor of poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press, died on April 14 at his home in Anacortes, Wash., after a series of health complications. He was 74.

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