Obituaries

Anita Brookner, whose bleak fiction won the Booker Prize, dies at 87 – The Boston Globe

Anita Brookner, a British author of lean, elegiac and stylistically polished novels who was once labeled the “mistress of gloom” for her depiction of bleak and disappointed lives, usually of women, died on Thursday. Source: Anita Brookner, whose bleak fiction won the Booker Prize, dies at 87 – The Boston Globe

Shani Gilchrist Remembers Pat Conroy | Literary Hub

Pat Conroy always managed to put South Carolina’s weirder qualities into gloriously humorous and scientific perspective. This is a rare art as it requires a brand of honesty most people run from before they have to think too hard about it. This honesty requires ownership of both the good and bad aspects of history, requires …

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Pat Conroy, Author of ‘The Prince of Tides’ and ‘The Great Santini,’ Dies at 70 – The New York Times

Pat Conroy, whose tortured family life and the scenic marshlands of coastal South Carolina served as unending sources of inspiration for his fiction, notably the novels “The Great Santini,” “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Prince of Tides,” died on Friday. He was 70.His death was confirmed by Todd Doughty, the vice president, executive director …

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Umberto Eco, Italian Semiotician and Best-Selling Author, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

Umberto Eco, an Italian scholar in the arcane field of semiotics who became the author of best-selling novels, most notably the blockbuster medieval mystery “The Name of the Rose,” died on Friday in Italy. He was 84. Source: Umberto Eco, Italian Semiotician and Best-Selling Author, Dies at 84 – The New York Times

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at 89 – The New York Times

Harper Lee, whose first novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” about racial injustice in a small Alabama town, sold more than 10 million copies and became one of the most beloved and most taught works of fiction ever written by an American, died on Friday in Monroeville, Ala., where she lived. She was 89. Source: Harper …

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Alan Rickman’s Best Bookish Roles

On Thursday, January 14th, Alan Rickman passed away from cancer and leaves a horrible gaping hole in the entertainment world. As every Harry Potter fan (and casual observer) knows, Rickman was most well known for his role as Severus Snape, the villain-turned-redemptive-hero that plays a central role in the film adaptations. Source: Alan Rickman’s Best Bookish Roles

Deaths from World of Writing & Publishing: 2015

It’s time to remember the people whom the world of writing and publishing lost in the last year. Here are their names, along with, when available, a link to an obituary and the date of death. Miller Williams,  1/1 Joan Peters,  1/5 Robert Stone,  1/10 John Bayley Alice K. Turner,  1/17 Jack Leggett, 1/25 Colleen …

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Crime and mystery writer Ruth Rendell dies at 85

Mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who brought psychological insight and social conscience to the classic British detective story, has died at the age of 85.Publisher Penguin Random House said Rendell — best known for the Inspector Wexford series of novels — died Saturday morning in London. The cause of death was not announced, but Rendell had …

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Remembering Those We Lost in 2014

Preparing this list is my least favorite task of the year. Here are the people from the writing and publishing worlds whom we lost during 2014, including, where available, a link to an obituary and date of death. Elizabeth Jane Howard 1/2 Tom Rosenthal Amiri Baraka 1/9 Juan Gelman 1/14 Leslie Lee 1/20 Jose Emilio …

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Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90 – NYTimes.com

Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize in 1991, died on Sunday in Johannesburg. She was 90. via Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90 – NYTimes.com.

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