David Gale, former Vice President and Editorial Director at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, has died following a long illness. He was 65.
The list of authors and illustrators with whom he worked during his twenty-five year S&S career included luminaries such as Gary Paulsen, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Laurent Linn, Sonya Sones, Neal Shusterman, and Tony DiTerlizzi.
Books that he edited were named National Book Award finalists, received Printz and Lambda awards, and countless other accolades.
As an active advocate for Lambda Literary’ s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program, David was instrumental in seeing that books and speakers reached students in New York city’s K-12 schools.
Art Director, author, and friend Laurent Linn says, “For decades he was such a nurturer of authors, illustrators, and books, changing the landscape of middle grade and YA, and loudly and proudly championing LGBTQ children’s literature in profound ways. He had deep respect for authors and illustrators and their creations.”
His loss has touched not only those he worked closely with at Simon and Schuster, but also those fortunate enough to have had him as their editor, and those who knew him through his association with the SCBWI. As tributes have begun to pour in one word stands out: Legendary. It is an apt title, and we join the wider world of children’s books in mourning his passing.