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  • Obituary: Robert M. Quackenbush

    Prolific children's book author-illustrator and fine artist Robert M. Quackenbush died on May 17; he was 91.

  • Scholastic's Dick Robinson Dies at 84

    Dick Robinson, whose nearly five decades at the head of Scholastic shaped it into one of the world's most influential and recognizable publishers of children's literature, died unexpectedly on June 5. He was 84.

  • Obituary: Eric Carle

    Iconic and groundbreaking author, illustrator, and fine artist Eric Carle died on May 23 in Northampton, Mass. He was 91.

  • Obituary: Lois Ehlert

    Award-winning author-illustrator Lois Ehlert, known for her signature collage artwork featuring bold colors and crisply cut shapes as well as found objects, died on May 25 at age 86.

  • Dan Frank, Influential Pantheon Editor, Dies at 67

    Dan Frank, the editorial director of Pantheon since 1996, died on May 24 in New York City. He was 67.

  • Retired PRH Fulfillment Exec Phyllis Mandel Dies at 75

    Phyllis Mandel, retired senior v-p of fulfillment at Bantam, BDD, and Penguin Random House distribution facilities, died on May 20 in Cape Cod—the day after her 75th birthday.

  • Longtime Sales Exec Paul Von Drasek Dies at 71

    Paul Von Drasek, who worked in the sales departments at a number of publishing companies over the course of his 40-year career, died on May 16 at age 71.

  • Say It Loud: A Poet and Proud: The Life and Books of Al Young

    Poet Al Young, who was also a novelist, memoirist, educator, and a former poet laureate of California, died April 17 from the complications of a stroke. He was 81.

  • Obituary: Arnold Adoff

    Children's poet, author, and anthologist Arnold Adoff, widely noted for his inventive poetry style and for depicting African American experiences in his work, died on May 7; he was 85 years old.

  • Obituary: Joel Friedlander

    Joel Friedlander, the author, blogger, book designer, publisher, and publishing industry consultant, died on May 7 of cancer. He was 73.

  • Richard Warren Baron, Former Owner of the Dial Press, Dies at 98

    Richard Warren Baron, former owner and publisher of the Dial Press, died of natural causes on May 9 at his home in Manhattan.

  • Fred Jordan, Former Grove Press Editor and Pantheon Publisher, Dies at 95

    Fred Jordan, a Holocaust survivor and influential longtime editor at Grove Press for three decades and, later, publisher of Pantheon Books, died on April 19. He was 95.

  • Susan Richman, Longtime Publicity Executive, Dies

    Susan Richman, a former publicity executive at several major publishers and who worked with the Goddard Riverside Community Center Book Fair for more than 30 years, died April 19. She was 80.

  • Obituary: Constance C. Greene

    Children's book author Constance C. Greene, best known for such notable middle-grade novels as 'A Girl Named Al' and 'Beat the Turtle Drum,' died on April 7 at age 96.

  • Giancarlo DiTrapano, Tyrant Books Founder, Dies at 47

    The founding editor and publisher of the influential independent press Tyrant Books died suddenly on March 30 while visiting New York City from his home in Naples, Italy.

  • Obituary: Norma Jean Sawicki

    Longtime children's book editor Norma Jean Sawicki died on March 4 at her home in Manhattan; she was 78.

  • Larry McMurtry, Pillar of Literary Texas, Dies at 84

    The author of 'Lonesome Dove,' 'The Last Picture Show,' and 'Terms of Endearment,' among many others, was a longtime favorite in Hollywood who wrote with skepticism on the myths of the American West and ran one of the biggest bookstores in the U.S.

  • Obituary: Beverly Cleary

    Children’s author Beverly Cleary, whose stories featuring such endearing and enduring characters as Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins elevated her to iconic status, died on March 25 at 104.

  • Obituary: Ann K. Beneduce

    Children's editor Ann K. Beneduce, who launched the careers of Eric Carle and many other authors and illustrators, died on March 18 at 102.

  • Daisy Maryles, 'PW' Pillar for 44 Years, Dies at 73

    Daisy Maryles, the beloved, multi-talented, long-serving former executive editor of 'PW,' died March 18. She was 73.

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