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Category: In Memoriam

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Remembering Carrie Fisher

An Actress, Yes, But Also an Amazing Writer I first came across Carrie Fisher, as so many of us did, as the feisty Princess Leia Organa in 1977’s cinematic classic Star Wars. That movie holds a special place in my heart, not only for what it is, but because it completely blew me away when […]

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Richard Adams, 1920 – 2016

Richard Adams, the author of the iconic children’s book, Watership Down, has died at age 96. He had been ill for some time, but died peacefully at 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve. His daughter, Juliet Johnson, was with her father when he died, and took comfort that they had had a long, loving talk the […]

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Jackie Collins, 1937 – 2015

Bestselling author Jackie Collins, who in 2013 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to fiction and charity, died on Saturday of breast cancer.  She was 77. Ms. Collins wrote hugely popular romance novels depicting the glamour and debauchery of high society Hollywood.  She wrote 32 novels, all […]

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Author, Dies at 82

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. ~  Oliver Sacks, February 2015 When my son came home from college after declaring a psychology major, one of the textbooks he brought with him was Oliver Sacks’ The […]

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Horror Film Writer, Director Wes Craven Dies at 76

Horror films don’t create fear.  They release it. – Wes Craven On Sunday, August 30, 2015, horror genre legend Wes Craven succumbed to brain cancer; he was 76. Writer, director, executive producer, cinematographer, editor (even actor), he left his touch on many of the most iconic (and top grossing) American horror films:  “A Swamp Thing”, […]

When Alan Cheuse, writer, reader, teacher, and champion of books, died on July 31, the literary world lost one of its most influential advocates. A longtime book critic for NPR (review titles for All Things Considered for more than thirty years), Cheuse’s reviews were famously deft and insightful. And as a writer of literary fiction whose love of reading extended across genres, he loved a good story well told. Here’s a passage from a recent review of The Black Snow, by Irish writer Paul Lynch, an indication of Cheuse’s regard for close observation and careful language:

As Lynch presents the story, it becomes an out-of-the-ordinary creation, a novel in which sentence after sentence come so beautifully alive in all of the fullness of its diction and meaning that it makes most other contemporary Irish fiction seem dull by comparison, such as the description of the face of the doomed farmhand, Matthew Peoples, a face like a lived-in map. “The high terrain of his cheekbones and the spread of red veins on the pads of his cheeks like great rivers were written on him or the farmer looking up and seeing a fault over the earth that rived the morning sky with a ridge of low cloud-like dirt snow sided on a road.”

In an obituary published last week, the New York Times quoted Cheuse’s advice to, “Live as much as you can, read as much as you can, and write as much as you can.” The author’s family asked, via his web site, that in his honor, remember to “raise a glass of wine (or whatever you may be drinking), tell a joke, hug someone that you love, be kind, and read a great story.”

Read the New York Times remembrance here.

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E. L. Doctorow, 1931 – 2015

E. L. Doctorow, author of towering works of historical fiction such as The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and The March has died. Born Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (he was named after Edgar Allan Poe) in the Bronx to a family of Russian descent, he graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and attended one year […]

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Tanith Lee, 1947 – 2015

The science fiction and fantasy community is mourning the loss of another huge personality, writer Tanith Lee, who died on Sunday, May 24, at age 67.  She died in her sleep following a long illness. An incredibly prolific author who wrote in various fantasy and horror genres, Ms. Lee wrote in a very poetic style […]

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Award Winning Author Ivan Doig Passes Away

Author Ivan Doig passed away Thursday morning after a long battle with multiple myeloma (a cancer of the white blood cells).  He was 75. A native and long time resident of Montana, Mr. Doig worked as a ranch hand before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.  He later went on […]

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Terry Pratchett Passes Away at Age 66

It is with a heavy heart that we here at LitStack mark the passing of the great writer, satirist, humanist, and humanitarian Sir Terry Pratchett, who died today at his home following a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was 66. The news was confirmed by a statement from Larry Findlay, Managing Director at Transworld […]