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In Memoriam

Dear Friends of American Book Review:

ABR regrets to announce that Ron Sukenick died on July 22, 2004. Ron was 72 .
For the past several years, Ron suffered from Inclusion Body Myositis. A muscular disease for which there is no known cure and only experimental treatment, it is a progressive and degenerative illness. By the turn of the century, Ron could walk only with the help of a cane, and he was wheelchair-bound for the last three years.

On Sunday, September 19, 2004, friends and admirers of Ron gathered at New York’s Saint Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery to say good-bye. Presided over by Mark Amerika, the program included memories, anecdotes, and reflections by Steve Katz, Andrei Codrescu, Norman Rush, R.M. Berry, Eric Miles Williamson, Jeffrey DeShell, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Phil Green, Ann Scarboro, and Ron’s sister Gloria Sukenick, among others. The day before, on September 18, FC2 held its 30th Anniversary Reading and Tribute to Ronald Sukenick at the Brooklyn Public Library. Readers included Jonathan Baumbach, Kate Bernheimer, Samuel Delany, Brian Evenson, Lynda Schor, Alan Singer, Peter Spielberg, and Jessica Treat, among others.

A leading figure in postmodernist literature for nearly four decades, Ron founded American Book Review in 1977 and, with several other writers, Fiction Collective, later FC2, in 1974. He completed his last novel, entitled Last Fall, only a few weeks before his death. FC2 will publish it in spring 2005.

The November/December 2004 issue of American Book Review is dedicated to Ron and contains statements from his many friends and admirers. Selected statements were published in the special memorial section of the issue, and all of the statements are posted on ABR’s Web site.

One of Ron’s final requests was that, in lieu of flowers, contributions to support his work and memory should be made to American Book Review and/or FC2. For ABR, please make checks payable to American Book Review, identified as a memorial to Ronald Sukenick. Send to American Book Review, Campus Box 4241, Illinois State University, Normal IL, 61790-4241. For FC2, please make checks payable to Fiction Collective Two and identify as a memorial to Ronald Sukenick. Send to Fiction Collective Two, Department of English, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1580.
All contributions to American Book Review and FC2 are tax deductible.

Charles B. Harris, Publisher
American Book Review

New York Times obituary

The following memorials were featured in the January/February 2005 issue of ABR.

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