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Lawyer , publisher

Laura Chapman Hruska, American publisher, lawyer. Bar: New York 1959. Member Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Phi.


Hruska, Laura Chapman was born on October 14, 1935 in New York City. Daughter of Henry Kruse and Katherine (Bab) Chapman.


AB with honors, Cornell University, 1955. Bachelor of Laws with honors, Yale University, 1958.


Born as Laura Mae Chapman in The Bronx, she was raised in Manhattan. After a short career as an attorney, she quit to start a family and focus on writing. She published three novels (as Laura Chapman).

The publishing house is unusual in accepting—and actually reading—unsolicited works. One of Soho Press's notable discoveries was Breath, Eyes, Memory by the then-unknown Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat. In 1994, the company started the Soho Crime imprint dedicated to mysteries with foreign settings.

In 2008, it forged a partnership with Constable & Robinson to publish British crime fiction in the United States. Hruska died on January 9, 2010 of cancer, aged 74, in Manhattan.


  • Bar: New York 1959.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Legal Relations, 1978, A Change of Heart, Multiple Choices. Editor over 150 books, 1987-2010.


Member Order of the Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Phi.


Married Alan J. Hruska. Children: Bronwen, Andrew Chapman, Matthew Ross.

Henry Kruse Chapman

Katherine (Bab) Chapman

Alan J. Hruska

Bronwen Hruska

Andrew Chapman Hruska

Matthew Ross Hruska