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  • 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.

  • RH's Bob Loomis Dies at Age 93

    Bob Loomis, who began his career as an editor at Random House when company founders Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer were still running the publisher, died April 19 at age 93. Loomis retired from Random House in 2011.

  • Obituary: Jean Little

    Canadian children's book author Jean Little, internationally recognized for her novels featuring characters who realistically deal with adversity, died on April 6 at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, Ontario. She was 88.

  • Obituary: Dreamscape Publisher Tammy Faxel

    Faxel, who joined Midwest Tape's Dreamscape Media in 2014 and quickly took the helm as publisher, died unexpectedly on March 30. She was 55.

  • Obituary: Tomie dePaola

    Award-winning author-illustrator Tomie dePaola, widely known for his stylized folk-art illustrations and vast catalogue of popular picture books, died March 30 of complications from surgery following a fall. He was 85.

  • Teresa Mlawer, Spanish-Language Publishing Pioneer, Dies at 75

    Mlawer, one of the most recognized and respected people in the Hispanic publishing industry in the U.S., died on March 21; PW's Spanish-language editor Leyhla Aquile offers a tribute.

  • Marcella Berger, Longtime S&S Sub Rights Director, Dies

    Marcella Berger, former v-p, director of subsidiary rights at Simon & Schuster, died March 16.

  • Obituary: Lucky Spool Media Founder Susanne Woods Dies at 47

    Susanne Woods, founder and publisher of needle and sewing crafts publisher Lucky Spool Media, died on February 19 of complications from metastatic breast cancer at her home in Pleasanton, Calif.

  • Obituary: Gail Shepherd

    Award-winning journalist, poet, and children's book author Gail Shepherd died of complications from a brain tumor on February 24 in Lake Worth, Fla.; she was 62.

  • Obituary: Betsy Byars

    Prolific children’s author Betsy Byars, winner of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award, died on February 26 in Seneca, S.C.; she was 91.

  • Obituary: Myron Levoy

    Author Myron Levoy, whose acclaimed YA novel ‘Alan and Naomi’ was a National Book Award finalist, has died at age 89.

  • Clive Cussler, Bestselling Adventure Author, Dies at 88

    Clive Cussler, bestselling adventure novelist and a real-life maritime explorer whose life at times mirrored the seafaring escapades of his books, died February 24 at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 88.

  • Former Longtime St. Martin's Editor Hope Dellon Dead at 67

    Hope Dellon, former longtime editor at St. Martin's Press, died on February 19 surrounded by family in New York. She was 67.

  • Hundreds Turn Out to Remember Sonny Mehta

    Approximately 500 people filled the Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library on February 19 to celebrate the life of Sonny Mehta, the legendary editor-in-chief of Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, who died on December 30.

  • Longtime S&S Editorial Director Alice Mayhew Dead at 87

    Alice Mayhew, v-p and editorial director of Simon & Schuster, died on February 4 at her home in New York. She was 87.

  • Mary Higgins Clark Dead at 92

    Mary Higgins Clark, who published her first mystery in 1975 and went on to be known as the Queen of Suspense, died January 31 of natural causes at her home in Naples, Fla.

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