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

Book News Film Obituaries

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

Author News Obituaries

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 McCullough

Rod McKuen,  1/29

Stewart Stern,  2/2

Martin Gilbert, 2/3

Anne Moody,  2/5

André Brink,  2/6

Assia Djebar,  2/7

David Carr,  2/12

Philip Levine,  2/14

Arnaud de Borchgrave,  2/15

Yasar Kemal,  2/28

Terry Pratchett,  3/12

Valentin Rasputin,  3/14

William B. Ewald Jr., 3/16

Ellen Conford,  3/20

Bill Jamison,  3/31

John E. Walsh

David A. Laventhol,  4/8

Ivan Doig,  4/9

Günter Grass

Eduardo Galeano,  4/13

Elizabeth Brown Pryor,  4/13

Barbara Strauch,  4/15

Jonathan Lanman,  4/19

William Price Fox,  4/19

Frederic Morton,  4/20

M.H. Abrams,  4/21

Marcia Brown,  4/28

Ruth Rendell AKA Barbara Vine,  5/2

Joshua Ozersky,  5/4

William Zinsen,  5/12

Franz Wright,  5/14

Judith St. George,  6/10

Hilary Masters,  6/14

Nelson Doubleday Jr.,  6/17

James Salter,  6/19

Theodore Weenier,  6/29

John A. Williams,  7/3

William Conrad Gibbons,  7/4

James Tate,  7/8

E.L. Doctorow,  7/21

Don Oferdorfer,  7/23

Ann Rule,  7/26

Alan Cheese,  7/31

David Nobbs,  8/8

Ann McGovern,  8/8

Oliver Sacks,  8/30

Warren Murphy,  9/4

Frank D. Gilroy,  9/12

Jackie Collins,  9/19

C. K. Williams,  9/20

Henning Mankell, 10/9

Gerald Gross, 10/14

Paul West, 10/18

Jerome Kass, 10/22

Dan Pointer, 11/3

René Girard, 11/4

Rena Wolner, 11/7

Madeline DeFrees, 11/11

Stephen Birmingham, 11/15

Arthur T. Hadley, 11/25

William McIlvanney, 12/5

Timothy Seldes, 12/5

Peter Dickinson, 12/16

Charles F. Harris, 12/16


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 suffered a serious stroke in January.

Source: Crime and mystery writer Ruth Rendell dies at 85

Rendell also wrote psychological thrillers under the pen name Barbara Vine.


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 Pacheco

Gary Arlington

Richard Grossman 1/27

Maxine Kumin 1/6

Mavis Gallant 2/18

Walter E. Freese, Jr. 2/21

William F. Thomas 2/23

Bill Adler 2/28

Justin Kaplan 3/2

Sherwin Nuland 3/3

Ned O’Gorman 3/7

Donald Michael Kraig 3/17

Patrick McGovern 3/19

Curtis Bill Pepper 4/4

Lois Wallace 4/4

Peter Matthiessen 4/5

Mary Cheever 4/7

Sue Townsend 4/10

Doris Pilkington Garimara 4/10

Gabriel García Márquez 4/17

Alistair MacLeod 4/20

Tadeusz Rozewicz 4/24

Farley Mowat 5/6

Leslie Thomas 5/6

Mary Stewart 5/9

Sam Greenlee 5/19

Arthur Gelb 5/20

Maya Angelou 5/28

Jay Lake

Marilyn Beck 5/31

Mary Soames 5/31

Eric Hill 6/6

Daniel Keyes 6/15

Lloyd Garrison 6/21

Felix Dennis 6/22

Nancy Garden 6/23

Ana María Matute 6/25

Dermot Healy 6/29

Walter Dean Myers 7/1

Curt Gentry 7/10

Nadine Gordimer 7/13

Thomas Berger 7/13

Bel Kaufman 7/25

Louise Shivers 7/26

Margot Adler 7/28

Billie Letts 8/2

Dorothy Salisbury Davis 8/3

Frederick G. Ruffner, Jr. 8/12

Jeremiah Healy 8/14

William Greaves 8/25

Wendi Harris Kaufman 8/27

Herbert R. Lottman 8/27

Penelope Niven 8/28

Charles Bowden 8/30

Tony Auth 9/14

J. California Cooper 9/20

Alastair Reid 9/21

John Mack Carter 9/26

Park Honan 9/27

Siegfried Lenz 10/7

Zilpha Keatley Snyder 10/7

Carolyn Kizer 10/9

Ben Bradlee 10/21

Raleigh Trevelyan 10/23

Galway Kinnell 10/28

R. A. Montgomery 11/9

Charles Champlin 11/16

P. D. James 11/27

Mark Strand 11/29

Kent Haruf

Radwa Ashour 11/30

Vicente Leñero 12/3

Claudia Emerson 12/4

Norman Bridwell 12/12


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

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.

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Daniel Keyes, a Novelist of the Mind, Dies at 86 –

Daniel Keyes, the author of “Flowers for Algernon,” the story of a man with an I.Q. of 68 who temporarily becomes a genius after surgery — a book that inspired the film “Charly,” starring Cliff Robertson — died on Sunday at his home in South Florida.  He was 86.

via Daniel Keyes, a Novelist of the Mind, Dies at 86 –

Author News Awards & Prizes Literary History Monday Miscellany Obituaries

Monday Miscellany

Death of Maya Angelou

The biggest story of the literary world this past week has been the death of Maya Angelou at age 86.

The coverage has been extensive, but here are a few stories I’ve chosen as providing a good overview of her influence and significance:

Maya Angelou: The essential reading list

From USA Today

13 of Maya Angelou’s best quotes

Also from USA Today. Scroll down below the timeline of her life and achievements.

A Farewell to Maya Angelou

Video from The New York Times. (Apologies for the unavoidable opening advertisement.)

Goodbye, Steinbeck; All Hail, Shelley

In the other big literary story of the past week, British minister of education Michael Gove has suggested the elimination of several works by U.S. authors from the reading list for British students.

10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter

Hannah Jane Parkinson thinks you should follow these writers on Twitter.

When literature goes to war: How Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and “Catch–22″ changed the novel forever

An excerpt from The Novel: A Biography by Michael Schmidt:

How the great American novels of the 20th century captured the horror, humor and devastating cost of modern warfare

Have Literary Prizes Lost Their Meaning? (Have They Ever Had Any?)

Cultural prizes notoriously reward the wrong works for the wrong reasons: On the long list of worthies deprived of the Nobel for literature are Tolstoy, Proust, and Joyce.


Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86 –

Sad news this morning


Mary Stewart, British Writer Who Spanned Genres, Dies at 97 –

Mary Stewart, British Writer Who Spanned Genres, Dies at 97 –

Mary Stewart, the British author of romantic thrillers who jumped genres in her 50s to create the internationally best-selling trilogy of Merlin books, reimagining the Arthurian legend from a sorcerer’s point of view, died on May 9 at her home in the village of Loch Awe, on the west coast of Scotland. She was 97.

Mary Stewart’s early novels are some of the first books I remember reading: Madam, Will You Talk?, Nine Coaches Waiting, My Brother Michael.