Former Knopf executive vp Tony Schulte, 82, drowned on Sunday while swimming near the summer home in Rangeley, ME he shared with his wife, literary agent Liz Darhansoff. He began his career at Simon & Schuster before moving to Knopf in 1968. After leaving publishing in 1986, Schulte spent four years as managing director for book publishing at Veronis, Suhler and Associates and then in 1996 he co-founded GSL Publishing Associates with David Lamb and Richard Gallen. In noting his passing with "great sadness," Knopf said: "Tony was beloved and admired by his peers at Random House and throughout the industry.... He is credited with helping to attract and promote a talented group of publishing professionals – many of whom are still working today. He was also a treasured and trusted advisor to publishers industry-wide." A memorial service will be held in September.
Author of satirical novels of the hip-hop scene BLING and FEMINISTA Erica Kennedy, 42, was found dead in her home in Miami Beach last week.
The Rock Bottom Remainders will play their final show at the ALA convention on June 23, disbanding after 20 years together. The group, which includes authors Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, and many others, told the Hollywood Reporter that the May 25 death of group founder and publicist Kathi Kamen Goldmark spurred their decision. "We sort of felt this would be a good time to end it because it just isn’t going to be the same without Kathi," Barry said.