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Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne died November 4 at the age of 85. He wrote The Time of My Life: An Autobiography.
Famed southern author Ernest J. Gaines died November 5 at the age of 86. He is best known for A Lesson Before Dying and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. I met him once. :'(
Cyclist Raymond Poulidor died November 13 at the age of 83. His autobiography was called Poulidor.
Historian William Seale died November 21 at the age of 80. His many books include The President's House , The Tasteful Interlude: American Interiors Through the Camera's Eye, The White House: The History of an American Idea and White House Garden.
Snowboard pioneer Jake Carpenter died November 20 at the age of 65. He wrote Snowmobile Best Trick.
Cartoonist Gahan Wilson died November 21 at the age of 89. His many books include The Big Book of Freaks and And Then we’ll Get Him.
Author, theatre director and physician Jonathan Miller died November 27 at the age of 85. His works include Darwin for Beginners, The Body in Question and The Human Body .
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes died November 26 at the age of 59. His books include New British Classics , Rhodes Around Britain (Great Foods) and Keeping It Simple.
Critic and broadcaster Clive James died November 24 at the age of 80. His many books include Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts and Unreliable Memoirs.
Historian Marilyn Yalom died November 20 at the age of 87. Her many books include History of the Breast, History of the Wife and Birth of the Chess Queen.
US Admiral James L. Holloway III died November 27 at the age of 97. He wrote Aircraft Carriers at War and Aircraft Carriers, All the Questions You ever Wondered About.
Children’s author Andrew Clements died November 29 at the age of 70. His many books include Frindle and Things Not Seen.
Fwiw I read a notice on the bookseller's blog ShelfAwareness that says Clements died Nov 29, not Nov 28. And apparently CLements also worked in the punblishing industry.
Andrew Clements, beloved author of numerous children's and YA titles including Frindle, which has sold over six million copies, died November 29. He was 70. Early in his career, Clements helped a friend launch a company--first called Alphabet Press and then Picture Book Studio--that imported high quality children’s books from Europe. It was during that period when he began writing picture book texts.
"As sales manager, I got to work with a terrific crew of people who quickly taught me about the publishing business," Clements had recalled on his website. "As editorial director, I got to work with wonderfully talented authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators. I met people there who became life-long friends. And while there, my own first picture books were published, and they kept coming."
Clements's first and most popular novel, Frindle, was published in 1996 and "is a favorite of many children and adults," his obituary in the Portland Press Herald said, adding that he "went on to write 90 books for children, most published by Simon & Schuster and Random House. He was assisted in his work by many talented editors, illustrators, and publicists. Andrew especially valued the friendship and guidance of his literary agent Amy Berkower of Writers House, who advised him throughout his long career."
Other books by Clements include The Losers Club, No Talking, The Last Holiday Concert, The Report Card, Lunch Money, Things Not Seen and A Week in the Woods. His last book, The Friendship War, a middle grade title, was published last February. His honors include a Phoenix Award for Frindle, a Christopher Award for both Frindle and Extra Credit, and an Edgar Award for Room One: A Mystery or Two.
"Sometimes kids ask how I've been able to write so many books," Clements observed on his website. "The answer is simple: one word at a time. Which is a good lesson, I think. You don't have to do everything at once. You don't have to know how every story is going to end. You just have to take that next step, look for that next idea, write that next word. And growing up, it's the same way. We just have to go to that next class, read that next chapter, help that next person. You simply have to do that next good thing, and before you know it, you're living a good life."
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