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The wonderful Sister Wendy Beckett, hermit and art lover passed on today.
>3 Caroline_McElwee: I am so sorry to hear this news- a wonderful and insightful author.
Francine du Plessix Gray died on Sunday in New York at the age of 88. She was a biographer, memoirist, critic and novelist.
I particularly enjoyed her biographies of figures from the French literary world, such as Louise Colet (Flaubert's friend/muse), and Mme de Staēl; she also wrote an OK novel about Marie Antoinette. The NYT obit draws attention to a memoir about her parents that got a lot of attention when it was published.
Mary Oliver passed away today
Much-loved poet Mary Oliver died Thursday of lymphoma, at her home in Florida. She was 83. Oliver won many awards for her poems, which often explore the link between nature and the spiritual world; she also won a legion of loyal readers who found both solace and joy in her work.
Australian writer Andrew McGahan has died of pancreatic cancer aged 52.
'In 1991 his first, Praise, won the Vogel Award, the launching pad for so many great Australian novelists, and his fourth, The White Earth, won the Miles Franklin. He also wrote four young-adult novels in his Ship Kings series – "the most fun I ever had writing".' His last novel will be published later this year, The Rich Man's House.
>10 avatiakh: way too young. I doubt I'll ever read any of his books but still I am especially saddened by a life lost too soon.
Yes, so young. I have his The White Earth, so will try to read it this year.
The author of The Flower Drum Song, C. Y. Lee has died at 102 and has a substantial obit in the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/cy-lee-author-of-the-best-sellin...
Rosamunde Pilcher, a bestselling romance novelist, has died at the age of 94. https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/rosamunde-pilcher-de...
Andrea Levy, who explored the experience of Jamaican British people in a series of novels over 20 years has died, aged 62, from cancer.
Wow, it seems like we are losing so many good and great authors these days! Very sad.
One of our family's favourite authors passed away on February 8: Tomi Ungerer.
We especially admired his great graphic designs. His chidren's books were a part of my kids growing up years. Crictor has to be just the greatest. And how seminal was that illustration from The Three Robbers?!
https://www.librarything.com/pic/6784029 (I couldn't get an image to upload here, so the link is in my gallery).
>18 SandyAMcPherson: Yes, I read about his passing. Very sad. I'm posting the image for you.
Peter Tork of the Monkees has passed on at age 77: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/peter-tork-monkees-bass-player-dead-age-77-cause-of...
Janet Asimov, widow of Isaac Asimov and an author in her own right, passed away February 25 at age 92. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/NYTimes/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=1...
>22 laytonwoman3rd: sadz. He was a great conductor and marvelous musician (and a composer in his own right).
>24 Chatterbox: Yes. And where was I that all this time I thought he was a French transplant to the U.S. Never realized he was born in Berlin, and was kicked out of the Berlin Conservatory when he was 8 or 9 years old, because he was Jewish. His family did flee to Paris, but only while waiting for their visa to the U.S. to be processed.
And two days ago Jean Starobinski, author of The Invention of Liberty, 1700-1799, died at 98. That was a very good PoliSci textbook I read at Southwest Texas State.
>28 richardderus: They certainly were Richard. It's a while since I read him, but I'll take a volume off the shelf and read a few tonight. 92 is a fine age.
Merwin and my FIL attended the same prep school, although they wouldn't have overlapped, unfortunately.
I like Merwin’s poetry, too. I think of him as a bit old-fashioned, but in a good way. I’ll also be revisiting his poems this weekend.
"Piano and Drums"
When at break of day at a riverside
I hear the jungle drums telegraphing
the mystic rhythm, urgent, raw
like bleeding flesh, speaking of
primal youth and the beginning
I see the panther ready to pounce
the leopard snarling about to leap
and the hunters crouch with spears poised;
And my blood ripples, turns torrent,
topples the years and at once I’m
in my mother’s laps a suckling;
at once I’m walking simple
paths with no innovations,
rugged, fashioned with the naked
warmth of hurrying feet and groping hearts
in green leaves and wild flowers pulsing.
Then I hear a wailing piano
solo speaking of complex ways in
of far away lands
and new horizons with
coaxing diminuendo, counterpoint,
crescendo. But lost in the labyrinth
of its complexities, it ends in the middle
of a phrase at a daggerpoint.
And I lost in the morning mist
of an age at a riverside keep
wandering in the mystic rhythm
of jungle drums and the concerto.
Gabriel Okara, died today a few days shy of his 98th birthday.
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of author Vonda N. McIntyre on April 1, 2019.
McIntyre was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 28, 1948, but her family settled in Seattle, Washington by the 1960s. She was an author and founder of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in 1971, which she began after attending the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1970. McIntyre was the third woman to receive a Hugo Award, and was a long-standing champion of feminist SFF. She won her first Nebula Award for the novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand”, and her Starfarers series had an incredible genesis: She made up the conceit on the spot while sitting on a panel at a convention, out of frustration at the general negativity she found around SF television. She convinced the entire audience of the panel that they had missed out on a great science fiction series, and then decided to write it.
To many SFF fans, McIntyre was well known for her Star Trek novels, which included novelizations for films Wrath of Khan, Search For Spock, and The Voyage Home, as well as the much beloved Original Series novel, The Entropy Effect. She was responsible for giving Hikaru Sulu his first name, a detail that made its way into canon in The Undiscovered Country. She also wrote the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel, The Crystal Star. She won SFWA’s Service Award in 2010, and her novel The Moon and Sun was adapted to film under the title of The King’s Daughter.
McIntyre believed in learning to write through experimentation, and was a great proponent of writers giving themselves the freedom to try new things:
Something that worries me about some of the writers’ workshops I’ve seen recently is that people go in there with this relentlessly professional attitude, when they should be experimenting. When I think of all the different weird stuff we wrote at the Clarion Workshop in 1970, I think there’s still people who go to workshops to do that, but I also think there’s a contingent that goes there to be relentlessly professional, and I wish they wouldn’t do it.
Vonda McIntyre died at home in Seattle, Washington of pancreatic cancer. She was writing up to the end, completing a novel titled Curve of the World shortly before her passing. Her neighbor and friend Jane Hawkins noted her drive, saying, “All her docs know she has a book she wants to finish. Even the doc she hadn’t seen before!”
She will be dearly missed.
>34 ronincats: Thanks Roni, I hadn't seen that. I have 3 of her Trek novels waiting to be read and I'll make a point to read at least one soon. I had to look up the title, but the story of hers I remember really catching my interest was "Of Mist, And Grass, And Sand". It was later expanded into the novel Dreamsnake (which I never got around to reading for no good reason).
The Canadian author, Wayson Choy, has died.
One of the 20th Century's most passionate social thinkers, and vigorous denouncers of populism, has died at 95: John Lukacs
Doris Day died. She was 97, so it wasn't an early death, but Pillow Talk's star left us. Sad.
>48 laytonwoman3rd: Yuck. The elephant story on The Carol Burnett Show still makes me sob with laughter 40 years on.
>49 richardderus: I know, right? The funniest part is Harvey Korman trying not to laugh.
Waah! I loved Tim Conway.
I also loved his Dorf on Golf.
>48 laytonwoman3rd: - Oh no. He was hilarious. That whole cast was, in truth
Yes, and he's not the only one. I. M. Pei has also died, at 102. It's getting so centenarians aren't all that rare.
>55 laytonwoman3rd: Sad...but more amazing to me was that he was still alive. Another centenarian died today: Herman Wouk was 103. I devoured Winds of War way back when. I didn't know that the film adaptation of Marjorie Morningstar starred Natalie Wood...whose house Wouk died in! He moved to Palm Springs when he was about 75. Hard to blame him, after all those years in the humid eastern seaboard megalopolises.
>57 laytonwoman3rd: Oh my heck. Oops. It's quite amazing now to think that such an innocent book was Scandalous and Smutty back in neck-ruffs-and-scarlet-letters times.
Noooo, Grumpy Cat died!!!
Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina died this week. I am not familiar with his work, but it sounds like I should become so. The selection presented on the NPR link is certainly brilliant.
>61 PaulCranswick: wow, a new-to-me author! I'm sorry it took her passing to introduce me to her works.
>61 PaulCranswick: I just read that too. Such sad news. Judith Kerr was one of my favourite children's authors/illustrators. She was amazing!
>61 PaulCranswick: >64 fuzzi: >65 mdoris: strange, as I only read this article a week ago:
Oh NO! I'm so, so sorry to read about this! I wish I could convey sympathy to his wife, Geraldine Brooks.
I learned a lot about baking from Maida Heatter, especially her "The Great Book of Cookies" (no touchstone).
Oh no! I had heard about Dr. John, but not Leon Redbone. I loved him in the mid-70s but had sort of forgotten him. It's hard to believe that he was only 69....
My Favorite was "The Sheik of Araby."
Missed this but back in early January we lost John Burningham.
He was married to Helen Oxenbury and created beloved picture books including Mr Gumpy’s Outing and Avocado Baby.
He wasn't famous or a writer or anything but I'm thinking of my boss Brian, who died 7 years ago today of cancer, and I'm feeling sad today.
>84 elkiedee: Condolences. The sadness changes character with time, but it never goes away.
>84 elkiedee: what a wonderful boss he must have been, to have kept him so warmly in your heart.
Thanks. He was just a brilliant guy/colleague. My maternity leave cover took time off her new job or whatever to come to his funeral too. A previous secretary turned out to volunteering in the first hospital where he stayed and came to visit him.
João Gilberto, the Brasilian composer, guitarist and singer, who was one of the 20th century's most influential musicians, died on Saturday at the age of 88. He was one of the principal creators of bossa nova, the blend of jazz and samba that became a worldwide sensation in the 1950s and 1960s. His best known song was The Girl from Ipanema, which he famously sung and performed alongside his first wife, Astrud Gilberto, the American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, and the great Brasilian pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim in the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto, one of the best selling jazz albums of all time and an essential part of jazz history.
New York Times: João Gilberto, an Architect of Bossa Nova, Is Dead at 88
>88 richardderus: I remember Jim Bouton from his sports reporting duties on WABC television in NYC in the 1970s, after his baseball career had ended.
>88 richardderus: I remember that book. I seem to recall a short-lived sitcom based upon his tales, too.
>92 fuzzi: I think you and me and maybe a tree remember that show. It was not very good. He appeared in it, IIRC.
Andrea Camilleri has passed aged 93 years. I'm a huge fan of his Inspector Montalbano books.
Not an author but a musician, activist and legend, Johnny Clegg, has died:
>95 avatiakh: Gutted. Really gutted. He was one I could almost believe would live forever.
Orania Papazoglou, who wrote mysteries under the name, Jane Haddam, has passed away at age 68. She was known for her long-running Gregor Demarkian series.
This was announced in a Facebook by her friend, mystery author Dean James.
>98 lindapanzo: The internet is strangely silent on this, Linda. No obit, nothing noted on her Wikipedia entry. I looked at Dean James's FB page and find nothing there either. Was it a private post?
Cesar Pelli the wonderful architect who designed the world's tallest twin towers and something I see most every day and whose steel and glass houses my favourite bookshop in Malaysia (Kinokuniya), has died aged 92.
In all honesty there are few sights that have awed me so completely as the one you get from standing close to the towers in the evening and looking up.
RIP Rutger Hauer, he created some iconic roles, and iconic words.
In Legend of the Holy Drinker
>101 laytonwoman3rd: Sorry, I've been away for a few days. Dean posted it in the Save Our Cozies group.
If you're on FB, you should be able to access his comments at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Save%20Our%20Cozies%20dean%20james&ep...
I note that, on the Jane Haddam page on FB, there is talk about collecting for funeral expenses. There are a lot of posts under her name but it seems to be her son, Matt, who has spent quite a bit of time talking about his mother.
Daniel Callahan, one of the most prominent and influential bioethicists in modern history, died on July 16th at the age of 89. He taught at Harvard for many years, and founded The Hastings Center, the first organization in the world dedicated to "social and ethical issues in health care, science, and technology". I've read excerpts from at least two of Callahan's books, What Kind of Life: The Limits of Medical Progress and Setting Limits: Medical Goals in an Aging Society, as an undergraduate student and a medical student, and I would imagine that every health professions student who has trained in the past 30 years has also been influenced by him.
New York Times: Daniel Callahan, 88, Dies; Bioethics Pioneer Weighed ‘Human Finitude’
>109 lindapanzo: Thanks, Linda. I didn't know about that FB group, but I have seen Matt's posts on her page now. It seems very sad.
>109 lindapanzo: Thanks, Linda. I didn't know about that FB group, but I have seen Matt's posts on her page now. It all seems very sad.
>111 laytonwoman3rd: You're right, though. Not a lot of talk online about her death. A gumshoe mystery website said her death came after a long battle with cancer.
RIP Toni Morrison. What an extraordinary writer and woman you were.
>116 Caroline_McElwee: I just came here to post about her death. From the New York Times:
Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88
Sad news: Toni Morrison died yesterday.
The Guardian: Toni Morrison, author and Pulitzer winner, dies aged 88
Lots of us posting nearly simultaneously about this one...Toni Morrison leaves a mighty big hole in the American literary landscape.
So sorry to hear about Toni Morrison. I read Beloved three times, I think, in undergrad and in some ways was still too young to fully appreciate it.
Harvey Frommer, a top baseball author, has also passed away, at age 83, of lung cancer.
Though I've read over 300 baseball books, I am surprised that I've read only one Harvey Frommer. I intend to remedy that.
Of course I join in the world's mourning for Toni Morrison...but losing Harvey Frommer is as hard on me personally. New York City Baseball: The Last Golden Age was formative in my fandom.
Canadian mystery author Howard Engel has also died. I am not a mystery reader at all so have never read his works but I learned a great deal about him after a neurological disorder robbed him of his ability to read and write. Yet, he managed to continue producing his novels. His perseverance also brought him to the attention of the late Oliver Sacks:
Lea Wait, one is my favorite cozy mystery authors, has passed away.
Sarah Andrews, geologist and mystery writer, and a personal friend , was killed in a plane crash with her husband and adult son. http://www.sonomawest.com/sonoma_west_times_and_news/news/graton-family-killed-i...
>126 Helenoel: I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. They seemed to be a special family.
This is a bit late, but biographer Edmund Morris passed on May 24, 2019. He is known principally for several books on Theodore Roosevelt and somewhat controversially for a bio on Ronald Reagan. NYTimes obit: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/obituaries/edmund-morris-reagan-biographer-wh...
>131 laytonwoman3rd: Yes, I saw that Linda. I always think of the Fonda family, as a US version of the Redgrave family here. The Fonda's celluloid royalty, and the Redgraves theatre royalty.
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