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One of the things I like most about working in book publishing is that it’s a world inhabited by wonderful people with a love of books. No one gets into the book business to get rich, so the community is comprised of interesting, articulate, intelligent individuals with a common shared interest and motivation — to produce great books. I wanted to share this lovely obituary written by Mike Shatzkin about the legendary mystery book editor Ruth Cavin, who began her life as a book editor in her 60s! She passed away on Sunday at the age of 92, still gainfully employed by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press after over 20 years there. How refreshing to see a story about a boss and a corporation that went so far out of its way to accommodate an aging editor. I can’t imagine reading about such generosity or compassion at very many firms in the current corporate culture. I didn’t know Ruth personally, although I did submit a few projects to her over the years, but reading this piece, I wish I’d had the chance to know her better. I hope you enjoy reading about this remarkable woman as much as I did.