It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Paul Greenberg after a long illness.
That sadness has been shared throughout the book trade, of which Paul was a respected and beloved member.
Paul had joined the book trade in the late 1960s as a sales representative for A.H. & A.W. Reed, and over the subsequent 50 years worked with and for many of the great publishers and booksellers.
The inimitable Mr Greenberg – known for his charm, professionalism, sartorial elegance and gentlemanly ways – was the consummate sales rep.
With his partner Joan Roulston, Paul had operated Greene Phoenix Marketing over the past two decades, travelling the length and breadth of the country to market local and international books.
They enthusiastically represented Oratia Books in most of the North Island from 2009 until 2017, when health reasons obliged Paul reluctantly to “hang up his slate”.
See this summary of his contribution from Booksellers NZ this week.
Paul, thank you for all you did for us. Things won't be the same without you.