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  • Obituary: Lisa Hill

    Longtime book sales representative Lisa Hill, a veteran of Random House and S&S, died on June 9 at Hospice of W. Kentucky from a short illness. She was 60.

  • Blanche Cirker, Cofounder of Dover Publications, Dies at 104

    Blanche Cirker, who, with her husband, Hayward, started Dover Publications in 1941, died last week at the age of 104.

  • Publishing Executive Stan Corwin Dies at 83

    Stan Corwin, an executive with Pinnacle Books, Grosset & Dunlap, and Prentice-Hall who also founded his own multimedia company, died on May 18.

  • Morton Janklow Dies at 91

    Publishing powerbroker Mort Janklow died on May 25 at his home in Water Mill, N.Y., five days short of his 92nd birthday. For his own firm and then with Janklow & Nesbit, the agent was known as a fierce advocate for his authors.

  • Obituary: Jim Murphy

    Award-winning children's book author Jim Murphy, best known for his carefully researched nonfiction documenting dramatic events in history, died suddenly on May 1; he was 74.

  • Obituary: Ann Spinelli

    Spinelli, a former v-p and executive art director at Putnam Publishing Group, died on May 9. She was 77.

  • Marshall Smith, Brookline Booksmith Cofounder, Dies at 90

    Smith, the cofounder of Brookline Booksmith and a number of other seminal Boston-area retail businesses, died on May 10.

  • Former 'PW' Rep Matt Hurley Dies at 64

    Matt Hurley, a sales rep for 'Publishers Weekly' from 1989 to 2011, died on April 22.

  • Cumberland House Founder Ron Pitkin Dies at 79

    Pitkin, who founded the Nashville-based publisher Cumberland House and co-founded Rutledge Hill Press, died April 6.

  • Former Bantam Sales Head Lou Satz Dies at 94

    Satz, who headed sales at Bantam in the 1960s and 1970s under Oscar Dystel, died on April 9.

  • Longtime Publishing Marketing Executive Maryann Palumbo Dies at 75

    Maryann Palumbo, who rose to become v-p and director of advertising, promotion, and publicity at New American Library, died April 3.

  • An Editor Remembers Jack Higgins

    Jack Higgins was one of several pseudonyms Harry Patterson used to pen dozens of thrillers. Higgins died April 9 at age 92. Neil Nyren, Higgins' long-time editor, shares a few stories about the author.

  • Obituary: Patricia MacLachlan

    Award-winning children's book author Patricia MacLachlan, widely lauded for her spare, realistic stories about everyday family life, died on March 31 at her home in Williamsburg, Mass.; she was 84.

  • Margaret Kaplan, Former Executive Editor at Abrams, Dies at 91

    Margaret Kaplan, who initiated Abrams Artbooks' pivot toward illustrated books and ran the publisher's art history textbook division, died on February 22 of cancer. She was 91.

  • Obituary: Shirley Hughes

    British author-illustrator Shirley Hughes, best known for her picture books capturing the everyday experiences and emotions of young children, died on February 25 at age 94.

  • Obituary: Paula Cohen

    Rising children's author-illustrator Paula Cohen, whose debut solo picture book 'Big Dreams, Small Fish' was published on March 1, died suddenly on February 24; she was 57.

  • Nick Beilenson, Former Publisher of Peter Pauper Press, Dies at 85

    Nick Beilenson, who took over his parents' publishing business, Peter Pauper Press, in 1981, died on February 22 of complications from Covid-19. He was 85.

  • Obituary: Leonard Kessler

    Prolific children's book illustrator Leonard Kessler, known for his wide range of early readers, picture books, and concept books, died on February 16 at age 101.

  • Obituary: Duvall Hecht, 91

    Duvall Hecht, audiobook pioneer and founder of Books on Tape, died on February 10 at his home in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 91.

  • Obituary: Lani Forbes

    Rising YA sci-fi and fantasy author Lani Forbes died on February 3 in Boise, Idaho, following a nine-month battle with neuroendocrine cancer. She was 35.

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