Long-time West Coast remainder book rep Rich Fisher, who retired in 2008, died on October 7 after open heart surgery.
Fisher started working in the book business after high school as a bookseller in New Jersey, and then moved into the bargain book business, working for Mel Shapiro in New York City in the 1970s. He moved to California in the early 1980s to work for Western Book Distributors and in 1984 started Redwood Book Sales, a commission rep group selling for several remainder book companies. He was also an independent rep for Daedalus Books and Texas Bookman. He sold to independent bookstores throughout the West and British Columbia, and was a mentor to many booksellers and reps.