Laurie Brown, a bookseller and longtime publishing execcutive, died peacefully at her home in Wilton, Ct. on January 31 after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 69. In her final weeks, she was surrounded by family and friends and her beloved golden retrievers.

Brown’s career in bookselling and publishing began at the Remarkable Bookshop in Westport, Ct, where her intelligence and instincts quickly became apparent to many throughout the industry. In a career that spanned nearly 40 years, Brown worked at almost every major publishing house in various sales, marketing and publishing capacities including Time Warner, Random House, Simon Schuster, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

“Publishing and bookselling were quite simply Laurie’s life. While a voracious reader and well recognized for her publishing instincts, she will most of all be remembered for her incredible thoughtfulness, kindness and heart,” remembered David Cully, president of Baker Taylor and Brown’s brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held in the next several weeks in Wilton, Ct.