Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rest in Peace--2012

We lost a lot of talented people in 2012.  Children's authors, non-fiction writers, poets, and novelists. Over the next few weeks we will highlight some of their works and mourn the passing of some really wonderful people.

Nina Bawden--(1925-2012)--was a British novelist and children's writer.  She was one of a select group to have both served as a Booker judge and made the shortlist (in 1987 and 2010) as an author.

Maeve Binchy--(1940-2012)--was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writers, columnist, and speaker best know for her take on humorous, small-town, Ireland.  Her novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death is mourned as the passing of Ireland's best-loved, most generous, and most recognizable writer.

Bryce Courtenay--(1933-2012)--was one of Australia's most successful authors.  His novels are primarily  set in Australia, his adopted country, or South Africa, the country of his birth. His first novel The Power of One, was published in 1989 and became one of Australia's best-selling books.

Sarah Dreher--(1937-2012)--was an American lesbian novelist and playwright, and best known for her award-winning mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Stoner McTavish.  She was also a clinical psychologist and graduated from Wellesley College and got her PhD from Purdue.

Carlos Fuentes--(1928-2012)--was a Mexican novelist and essayist.  He has been described as "one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world" by the NY Times and "Mexico's most celebrated novelist" by The Guardian.

William Gay--(1941-2012)--was an American writer of novels and short stories.  His fiction is almost always set in in the rural South of the 1940s and 1950s and can be dark, violent, and Southern Gothic.  His works have parallels with Faulkner, Caldwell, and O'Connor.

Erica Kennedy--(1970-2012)--was a best-selling African-American author, journalist, blogger, and singer.  She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University. She was named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 100 most influential African-Americans in 2010.

Barry Unsworth--(1930-2012)--was a British writer known for his historical fiction.  He published 17 novels and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, winning once in 1992.

Gore Vidal--(1925-2012)--was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was the last of a generation of American writers who had served during World War II.  He is probably best remembered for his caustic wit.

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