2021-11-14 03:14:27 UTC
NPR books editor Petra Mayer has died
Petra Mayer, a beloved books editor on NPR's Culture desk, died on Saturday.
She died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland of what's believed to be a
pulmonary embolism, said Nancy Barnes, NPR's senior vice president for news, in
an email to staff.
"Petra was NPR through and through," Barnes wrote. "To say that Petra will be
missed simply seems inadequate."
Mayer was a proud nerd with a penchant for science fiction, comics and cats,
said fellow books editor Meghan Sullivan
She shared those passions with readers and listeners through her reviews of
sci-fi, fantasy, romance, thrillers and comics, her trusty on-the-scene
reporting at Comic-Con, and her contributions to the Book Concierge, NPR's
annual literary-recommendation tool. She brought her zeal to the guest chair on
occasional Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast episodes.
And from Ms. Mayer's Twitter mini bio:
Editor, NPR Books. Sneaking Oxford commas past the copy desk since 2012. Buster
Keaton's secret girlfriend. TOS is the One True Trek, don't @ me. She/her.
eyup, Oxford comma!
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
[to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]