With sadness we note the death, only nine days apart, of two beloved authors, whose lives and work were united in friendship and in the service of peace.

Jim Forest, who died at age 80 on January 13, was the author of more than a dozen Orbis titles, including biographies of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, and Daniel Berrigan, as well as his memoir, Writing Straight with Crooked Lines. His final book, last year, was Eyes of Compassion: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh. This was a loving memoir based on his long friendship with the famous Vietnamese monk and Zen master, whom Jim helped to introduce to the West.

Thich Nhat Hanh, who died at 95 n his native Vietnam on January 22, was one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. With his permission, we published his writings in our Modern Spiritual Masters Series, Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings, and reprinted his conversations with Daniel Berrigan: The Raft Is Not the Shore.

May the memory and writings of these two great friends continue to spread seeds of compassion and peace. 

Click here to read Robert Ellsberg's tribute to Jim Forest in NCR