Memorial to be Held for Leonard Shatzkin

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A memorial has been scheduled for Leonard Shatzkin, the pioneering book publishing executive and consultant. Shatzkin died from congestive heart failure on May 11, at the age of 82. [For more on the life of Leonard Shatzkin, click here.]

The memorial will be held on Monday, September 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Hall of the Ethical Culture Society. The society is located at 2 West 64 Street at Central Park West in Manhattan. The book publishing community is invited. Speakers will include Tom McCormack, George Blagowidow, Ed Morrow, Bernie Rath, Philip Turner, Ruth Cavin, and Chris Kerr.

During his lifetime, Shatzkin was a production manager, book publishing executive and consultant, author, inventor, and founder of Shatzkin Systems, Inc. Booksellers knew him through his participation at the 1995 and 1996 ABA conventions, and his thoughts on bookstore inventory management spurred much debate within the bookselling community. Shatzkin published two notable works on the book business. In Cold Type: Overcoming the Book Crisis, which was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1982, and The Mathematics of Bookselling, a monograph, privately published in 1997.