Mystery novelist G.M. Ford died on December 1, 2021 in San Diego. In 1995 he published his debut Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman, which was a finalist for the Anthony and Shamus awards and went on to be a 12-book series. He is also the author of the […]
Lee Server, 68, author of numerous books about Hollywood cinema and pulp fiction, died on December 28. He is survived by his wife, Terri Hardin. His notable titles include Screenwriter: Words Become Pictures (1987), Danger Is My Business (1993) and Over My Dead Body! (1994).
Literary agent Charles “Chuck” Verrill died on January 9 after a long illness. After working as an editor at Viking, Verrill joined Liz Darhansoff’s agency and became a partner in 1991. Verrill was best known as Stephen King’s longtime agent and editor. King wrote on Twitter, “It leaves a huge hole. I loved the guy.” […]
Ben McFall, 73, the Strand bookstore’s longest-tenured bookseller, died on December 22 at his home in Jersey City. Peter Shepherd, 91, literary agent at Harold Ober Associates from 1971 to 1995, died at his home in St. James Long Island on December 28. Among his clients were the estates of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William […]
Joan Didion died on December 23 at her home in Manhattan of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Didion was the writer of Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, The White Album, and other novels, works of nonfiction, and films. Born in Sacramento in 1934, Didion began her career writing for magazines including Life and […]
Eve Babitz, 78, author of memoir Eve’s Hollywood and novels including Sex and Rage and L.A. Woman, died on December 17 at U.C.L.A. Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications of Huntington’s disease.