Matthew Shear, book publisher; at 57

Mr. Shear had worked at St. Martin’s Press since 1995.
St. Martin’s Press
Mr. Shear had worked at St. Martin’s Press since 1995.

NEW YORK — Matthew Shear, the St. Martin’s Press publisher who helped writers Janet Evanovich and Augusten Burroughs climb the best-seller lists, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 57.

A spokeswoman for St. Martin’s Press, where Mr. Shear was executive vice president and publisher, said the cause was complications of lung cancer.

Mr. Shear was a book publisher for more than 35 years and had worked at St. Martin’s since 1995.


In 2001 he published Evanovich’s first No. 1 New York Times best seller, “Hot Six.” “Running With Scissors” (2002), Burroughs’s first memoir, was on the Times list for three years and was adapted into a film starring Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin in 2006.

Mr. Shear was born in Manhattan and graduated from Hofstra University with a theater degree in 1976. In 1977 he became publicity manager at the New American Library. He later worked for Bantam Books, the Berkeley Publishing Group, and Ballantine before joining St. Martin’s.