Glenn Ellis, longtime sales rep and executive at Penguin Random House, died on Monday. He was 70.
He began his career at Random House in the 1970s as a field rep, then rose through the ranks, and was mostly v-p, director of adult field sales, from 2008 until his retirement in 2014.
Jaci Updike, president of sales at PRH, called Ellis "a vital member of the sales team" and said that under his leadership, "field sales transformed itself, adapting and thriving in a time of enormous change. With Glenn's steady hand, and his unwavering focus on the books and the customers, a culture of partnership and entrepreneurial spirit flourished, one that encouraged his team to explore new ways of doing business, while never losing touch with the core values and traditions that created Random House and Penguin Random House."
Updike noted, too, that Ellis was "a dedicated reader of history and biography, with a particular interest in extraordinary lives and leaders. He believed that being a salesperson always meant learning, observing, 'the books we sell have been a program of personal education.' Post-Penguin Random House, Glenn continued to take a strong interest in his colleagues, and in book publishing, and signed his e-mails with quotes of encouragement, most recently one from Colin Powell: 'Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.'
"Our Penguin Random House family will miss Glenn, deeply. I will miss, most of all, Glenn's wry sense of humor, and steadfast friendship. Glenn was a great and true gentleman, in the very fullest sense of the word."
A memorial service is being held at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 15, at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home at 20 Cedar Street in Bronxville, N.Y., a short walk from the Metro North Harlem line train station. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Glenn's name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or Calvary Hospital Hospice in the Bronx.
Author and biographer Adrian Greenwood, who was also a dealer in art, cars, historic artifacts and "reportedly collected early editions of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books," was murdered in his Oxford home last Thursday, the Bookseller reported. He was 42. Greenwood's book Victoria's Scottish Lion: The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde was published last year by History Press. Managing director Tim Davies said, "We were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic death of our author, Adrian Greenwood. We would like to offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends." BBC News reported today that a man has been charged with the murder.