Veteran publisher Sonny Mehta passes away at 77

Often called 'the best publisher in the world,' Mehta had successfully skippered Knopf for over three decades through some tumultuous times

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 2, 2020 2:28 PM
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Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf and chairman of Knopf Doubleday, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019. The veteran journalist was 77 years old at the time of his demise. He is the husband of renowned writer Gita Mehta and the brother-in-law of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.

Mehta was the son of Amrik Singh Mehta, one of the first diplomats of India after independence. He has successfully skippered Knopf publications for over three decades through some of the most drastic changes that took place in the company. Mehta has been instrumental in bolstering Knopf's reputation as one of the most successful publishers. He himself has been called "the best published in the world."

Mehta has won many accolades for publishing in India, UK and the USA. He had been conferred an honorary doctorate by the Bard college and was named 2015 Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolences on Twitter: "I am deeply grieved by the passing away of my brother in law Sonny Mehta (Husband of my sister Gita Mehta). He was one of the world's best editors and an extremely civilized person. May his soul rest in peace."

PM Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to react to the news of Mehta's passing: "He endeared himself to many thanks to his erudite and knowledgable personality. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to Gita Ji, you, your family and his admirers. Om Shanti."

Sonny Mehta would be fondly remembered by countless avid readers across the world. He endeared himself to many thanks to his erudite and knowledgable personality. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to Gita Ji, you, your family and his admirers. Om Shanti. https://t.co/5r8FxAHL30

Apart from CM Patnaik and PM Modi, several others from the publishing and news industry paid their tribute to the veteran journalist on Twitter.

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