Noted publisher, author, editor, and professor Kenneth Seeman Giniger died on April 26, according to the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. He was 100.
Giniger was born in New York on February 18, 1919. After several years with the U.S. Army, he joined the trade book division of Prentice-Hall as editor-in-chief in 1949. Giniger founded the company’s Hawthorn Books division. in 1952, and the subsidiary later became a leading publisher of Catholic books. After Hawthorn's sale, Giniger resigned in 1965 to establish his own publishing company, K. S. Giniger Company Inc., which published nonfiction books by authors such as former CIA chief Allen W. Dulles, Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzu, and Pope John XXIII, according to PW’s archives.
In 1969, Giniger was elected president of the Consolidated Book Publishers Division of Proceeding Books Inc., and in 1975 became president of the Tradewinds Group, a division of the Paul Hamlyn Group of Sydney—Australia's largest book publisher group at the time. He later served as a lecturer, adjunct professor, and on the advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation. Additionally, Giniger was a member of the Church Club of New York.
As an author, Giniger wrote A Guide to Co-Production and Import Practices Between American Publishers and Foreign Publishers with William J. Daly, The Compact Treasury of Inspiration, and several other titles, according to PW's archives.
Giniger was married to professor, author, editor, and children’s literacy advocate Bernice “Bee” Cullinan, who passed away in 2015. A memorial service for Giniger will take place at the Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City on June 6.