Russell Banks

Russell Banks Dies at 82

January 9, 2023 News Editor 0

  Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter, The Sweet Hereafter, and many others, has died at age 82. Banks’ agent, Ellen Levine, confirmed his death from cancer on January 8th. Remembering Banks on Twitter, the great documentarian Ken Burns remarked that, “Russell Banks was one of our greatest writers, with a keen understanding of how space and race influenced our history and literature, something he also said about Mark Twain in this clip from our film […]

Julie and Julia Author Dead at 49

November 1, 2022 News Editor 0

The writer and food blogger who helped us rediscover Julia Child has died. Julie Powell, the author of Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, was just 49. Powell died at home in Olivebridge, in upstate New York. Her husband has said that the cause of her death was cardiac arrest. A final Tweet, in the context of hindsight, is heartbreaking. “So I woke up with something that’s literally Black Hairy […]

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Murder She Wrote Star Dead at 96

October 11, 2022 News Editor 0

Angela Lansbury, best known as the star of the long-running CBS series Murder She Wrote, has died. She was 96 years old. As a young starlet, Lansbury featured in many important Hollywood films. Her career began in 1944. From the New York Times: The English-born daughter of an Irish actress, she was just 18 when she landed her first movie role, as Charles Boyer’s cheeky Cockney servant in the thriller “Gaslight” (1944), a precocious debut […]

Madeline Albright

Diplomat and Author Madeline Albright Dead at 83

March 24, 2022 Linda L. Richards 0

The splendid American diplomat and author Madeline Albright has died. She was 83. The Washington Post remembers Secretary Albright with affection: Madeleine K. Albright, who passed away on Wednesday, shaped a generation of foreign policy leaders — gently and usually with a smile. She knew every senior official, mentored many of them, and managed to say a cheery word even to people who took “dour” as a compliment. The New York Times reports that the […]

Joan Didion

Joan Didion Dies at 87

December 26, 2021 News Editor 0

American writer Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The Year of Magical Thinking) has died. She was 87. Didion died last Thursday of complications due to Parkinson’s disease, at her home in Manhattan. Didion was the author of five novels, 14 works of non-fiction, a play based on her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, and six screenplays, mostly co-wrtten with her late husband. John Gregory Dunne. Many beautiful words have been spilled since Didion’s death […]

Anne Rice Dies at 80

December 12, 2021 News Editor 0

The great Anne Rice, author of Interview With the Vampire and many other books, has died at the age of 80. Her son and sometimes co-author, the novelist Christopher Rice, reported on Facebook that his mother had died of complications from stroke. The immensity of our family’s grief cannot be overstated. As my mother, her support for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my dreams, reject conformity and challenge the dark voices […]

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary, Creator of Ramona Quimby, Dead at 104

March 27, 2021 Linda L. Richards 0

Beloved children’s author and former librarian, Beverly Cleary, died in Carmel, California on March 27th. She was 104. No cause of death has been published. From a press release HarperCollins sent out about Cleary’s death. Beverly Cleary’s first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950, immediately setting a standard for realistic children’s fiction. More than forty published books later, Beverly Cleary has become beloved by generations of children. Mrs. Cleary has also inspired authors, including […]

Larry McMurty

Noted Booklover and Bestseller Larry McMurtry Has Died

March 26, 2021 Linda L. Richards 0

American novelist Larry McMurtry has died. The beloved and prolific novelist, accomplished screenwriter and antiquarian bookseller was 84. McMurtry was the author of more than 30 novels including Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, all of which were adapted for the screen. He was also the co-writer of the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain, based on a short story by Annie Proulx. The 2005 film earned eight Academy Award nominations with three […]

John Le Carré

Cold War Novelist John le Carré Has Died

December 13, 2020 News Editor 0

John le Carré, author of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, The Looking Glass War Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and many others has died. He was 89. According to his literary agency, Curtis Brown, the author died in Cornwall in southwest England on Saturday after a short illness that was not related to COVID-19. Best known for his cold war thrillers, le Carré was one of the top selling novelists in the world. […]

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Goodnight for #goodtrouble

July 17, 2020 News Editor 0

Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis has died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 80. From Deadline Hollywood: Lewis was the last of the surviving of six leaders who organized the March on Washington in 1963, and the last living speaker who addressed the crowds at the Lincoln Memorial that day, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his “I Have A Dream” speech. By that time, Lewis had become chairman of […]