Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Publishers Lunch

Simon & Schuster senior production manager George Turianski, who was at the company for the past 28 years, died November 18 while at work. Irene Kharadi and Anna Campbell wrote to staff: "George made an enormous contribution to the success of many authors and to Simon & Schuster. Authors, editors and colleagues throughout the company have long expressed their admiration and gratitude for George's attention to detail, professionalism and spirit of cooperation in overseeing their titles.... We will always remember the vital role that George played in the success of the countless authors and titles he touched with his passion for bringing books to our many and varied audiences. George will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him." A memorial service is being planned for a later date in New York City.

Literary agent Jonathan Clowes, 86, died at home in France on Friday. An agency spokesperson told the Bookseller, "He carried his strong sense of ethics through to his work as an agent, quickly becoming known throughout the industry as a quietly commanding and tenacious negotiator, who always held the interests of his clients close to heart. He built close relationships with the authors he represented." His widow Ann Evans remains a director of the agency.

Irish author
William Trevor, 88, best known for his short stories, died Sunday evening. He won the O. Henry Prize four times and the Whitbread Award three times; he was also nominated for the Booker Prize five times. His US publisher Kathryn Court at Penguin commented in a statement, "William Trevor was a truly brilliant writer, and one of the most compassionate human beings I have worked with. He has left us a wonderful legacy."

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