We were saddened to learn that Kevin Morrissey, MHS Press marketing manager from 1999 to 2004, died last week at age 52. Well-read, witty, and imaginative, Kevin was a key player in the Press’s significant growth spurt during those years. He knew bookselling inside out. He learned the backlist in a flash, then transformed our marketing office—overseeing a warehouse move, hiring sales reps, rolling out the Borealis imprint, and using his extensive connections to take our books into new venues. Kevin was a thoughtful reader and an imaginative publisher who always asked good questions as we shaped projects together.
He cultivated an air of curmudgeonliness, but he had a beautiful smile and a kind heart. He was great fun to talk to about all the best subjects: politics, food (his descriptions of the sherbets he invented were especially inspiring), music, and of course books (but when did he read? he was always working). He was an outfielder and sometime-pitcher on the Society’s softball team, the Rhodent Scholars.
Kevin left the Press to become managing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. Please follow this link to a University of Virginia article about his passing.
Ann Regan, Editor in Chief