Remembering Carrie Fisher

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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 [….]

Richard Adams, 1920 – 2016

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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 [….]

Irish Poet Seamus Heaney Dies at Age 74

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Irish poet Seamus Heaney died on August 30, 2013 in Dublin.  He was 74.  In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”.  An extremely popular and widely read poet, he lived his entire life in Ireland yet [….]

A Farewell to Elmore Leonard

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Leonard Elmore died on August 20, 2013 at his home in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, after suffering a stroke on July 29.  He was 87. Even if you hadn’t read any of his early pulp Western stories or his later crime thrillers, there’s a good chance that you are still familiar with his works.  The 1995 [….]

Author Vince Flynn Dies at 47

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The literary community lost a great talent when Vince Flynn died on Wednesday after a 2-1/2 year battle with prostate cancer.  But for those of us who live in the Twin Cities, the loss of the man is every bit as hard as the loss of the author.  Not only was Flynn – or “just [….]