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In Memoriam Paul Aiken, 1959-2016

It is a sad day for the Authors Guild. Paul Aiken, our beloved, fearless leader for over twenty years, passed away last night after a long battle with ALS. The Guild owes a great deal to Paul, who devoted his keen intelligence, good humor, enormous energy, and the best part of his life to our cause. Paul’s optimism and tenacity–for writers, and then for himself and his family–were vibrant and rare. He was a beacon for all of us.

“Paul Aiken was brilliant, fierce and generous,” said Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson. “Brilliant and fierce can change the world, but it’s generosity that makes it a better place. For twenty years Paul worked to make the world a better place for writers, readers and everyone else affected by the written word.”

Our thoughts are with his family first, and the many others, including ourselves, who suffer his loss so deeply and remember him with love.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to these two organizations:

MAC Angels

2005 Palmer Avenue Suite 291

Larchmont, NY 10538



Project A.L.S.

801 Riverside Drive, Ste. 6G

New York, NY 10032


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“Paul Aiken: Twenty Years in the Thick of Things,” The Authors Guild Bulletin, Summer 2015.