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  • Obituary: Ron Shoop

    Ron Shoop, a former sales representative for Penguin Random House in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years, died January 16. He was 74.

  • Obituary: Clay Winters

    Longtime publishing executive Clay Winters, former president of the Putnam & Grosset Group and co-founder of Boyds Mills Press, died on December 22; he was 85.

  • Obituary: Da Chen

    Da Chen, whose memoirs for both adults ('Colors of the Mountain') and young readers ('Girl Under a Red Moon') chronicled his experiences growing up during China's Cultural Revolution, died of lung cancer on December 17 in Temecula, Calif.; he was 57.

  • Publishing Legend Sonny Mehta Is Dead at 77

    Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, died December 30 in New York City. He was 77.

  • In Memoriam: Renée Senogles

    Renée Senogles, marketing and publicity manager of Hardie Grant Publishing in San Francisco, died on December 19, as a result of the effects of uveal cancer. Senogles had just turned 40 in November. (Sponsored)

  • Obituary: Linda Cannon, Parson Weems' Co-Owner, Dies at 68

    Linda Cannon, co-owner of Parson Weems’ Publisher Services and a longtime bookseller and sales rep, died on December 5 following a brief illness.

  • Obituary: Andrew Clements

    Prolific children's author Andrew Clements, best known for his popular middle grade novel 'Frindle,' died on November 28 in West Baldwin, Me., following an illness; he was 70.

  • Obituary: Howard Cruse, Pioneering Queer Cartoonist, Dies at 75

    The pioneering underground and queer cartoonist and author of the acclaimed queer/civil rights graphic novel 'Stuck Rubber Baby,' died November 26, from lymphoma.

  • Obituary: Sarah Catherine Lindsay

    Sarah Catherine “Sally” Lindsay, formerly v-p of merchandising and marketing at Koen Book Distributors, died at her home in Rockville, Md., on November 27. She was 70.

  • Obituary: Tom Spurgeon, Comics Journalist, Editor, Blogger, Dead at 50

    Tom Spurgeon, author, editor, comics critic, blogger, and executive director of the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus comics festival, died of unknown causes in Columbus, Ohio, on November 13.

  • 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.

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