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Pete Hamill, quintessential New York journalist

Pete Hamill, a high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist, novelist and essayist for more than a half century, died on Wednesday in Brooklyn. He was 85.

Shirley Ann Grau, a ‘quiet force’ in Southern literature, dies at 91

Shirley Ann Grau, a Louisiana writer whose atmospheric, richly detailed works explored issues of race, gender, and power, notably in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘‘The Keepers of the House,’’ died Aug. 3 at a senior-living center in Kenner, a New Orleans suburb. She was 91.

Leon Fleisher, pianist who reinvented himself after losing use of right hand, dies at 92

Leon Fleisher championed piano repertory for the left hand after his right hand stopped working, and he became known for his teaching and conducting.

Bent Fabric, pianist and composer known for ‘Alley Cat’

Bent Fabricius-Bjerre, the Danish pianist who, as Bent Fabric, composed and recorded the ubiquitous instrumental hit “Alley Cat,” died Tuesday. He was 95.

James Silberman, book editor who championed James Baldwin, dies at 93

James Silberman edited books by writers as wide-ranging as Muhammad Ali, Marilyn French, Chris Matthews, and Hunter S. Thompson.

John Hume, who worked to end N. Ireland violence, dies at 83

Mr. Hume was a visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland.

Anthony Terlato, who brought pinot grigio to the US, 86

Mr. Terlato, a visionary wine importer and marketer who introduced Americans to enduringly popular European wines and sought to elevate the wine market in the United States, died on June 28.

Connie Culp, first face transplant recipient in US, 57

Connie Culp, the first patient in the United States to receive a face transplant, died Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, which had performed her procedure in 2008. She was 57.