Mark Gates, Who Helped Launch 'Voice Literary Supplement,' Dies

december 22, 2009  08:46 am
Mark Gates, a former ad sales representative at the Village Voice, died earlier this month of lung cancer. He was 57. After working for a few years doing general sales at the Voice, Gates' boss suggested he start cold-calling publishers to sell book ads, but he was met with hesitation by the book publishers. As Gates told Publishers Weekly in 2006, he then came up with the idea of doing a section of book reviews once a month, and the Voice Literary Supplement was born, with the first issue coming out in October 1981.