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Friday, December 30, 2016

21 Authors Who Died in 2016

Some of our most beloved authors passed away in 2016. While we can still enjoy their work, it's disheartening to realize that there won't be another Llama Llama book or bestselling novel from these folks. Head to your local library or independent bookstore to check out any of these great books by authors we lost this year.
  • Margaret Forster
    May 25, 1938-February 8, 2016
    Her 1965 book Georgy Girl was turned into a movie with this hit song by The Seekers.
  • Harper Lee
    April 28, 1926-February 19, 2016
    Her novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a modern classic.

  • Umberto Eco
    January 5, 1932-February 19, 2016
    A prolific Italian author, his book The Name of the Rose was turned into a hit movie in 1986.

  • Pat Conroy
    October 26, 1945-March 4, 2016
    Perhaps best known for his novels The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, Conroy was once fired as a teacher because he refused to use corporal punishment.
  • Jim Harrison
    December 11, 1937-March 26, 2016
    His Legends of the Fall novella trilogy was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.
  • Katherine Dunn
    October 24, 1945-May 11, 2016
    Her 1989 novel, Geek Love, was a finalist for the National Book Award.
  • Wendy Leigh
    September 13, 1950-May 29, 2016
    Leigh was a nonfiction writer, penning biographies of many celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Prince.
  • Lois Duncan
    April 28, 1934-June 16, 2016
    Many of her runaway hit YA suspense and horror books, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin, were made into movies.
  • Alvin Toffler
    October 4, 1928-June 27, 2016
    Toffler explored technological advances in his books Future Shock and The Third Wave.
  • Elie Wiesel
    September 30, 1928-July 2, 2016
    A Holocaust survivor who published over 50 books, including his best known work, Night, Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
  • Reverend Tim LaHaye
    April 27, 1926-July 25, 2016
    His Left Behind series captivated millions.
  • James Alan McPherson
    September 16, 1943-July 27, 2016
    He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel Elbow Room in 1978.
  • Max Ritvo
    December 19, 1990-August 23, 2016
    He told the world about his cancer in shockingly lyrical verse.
  • Anna Dewdney
    December 25, 1965-September 3, 2016
    Her children's books, especially the Llama Llama series, were beloved by children and adults worldwide.
  • Edward Albee
    March 12, 1928-September 16, 2016
    Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright
  • W.P. Kinsella
    May 25-1935-September 16, 2016
    A Canadian author, he was well known for his book Shoeless Joe, which became the movie Field of Dreams.
  • Gloria Naylor
    January 25, 1950-September 28, 2016
    Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place won the National Book Award in 1983 for First Novel and was made into a miniseries starring Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
  • Steve Dillon
    March 22, 1962-October 22, 2016
    Co-creator of Preacher, he also worked on Hellblazer and The Punisher.
  • William Trevor
    May 24, 1928-November 21, 2016
    Trevor was aprize-winning Irish author.
  • E.R. Braithwaite
    June 27, 1912-December 12, 2016
    Braithwaite's autobiographical novel To Sir, With Love was made into a movie starring Sidney Poitier in 1967.
  • Richard Adams
    May 9, 1920-December 27, 2016
    His novel Watership Down became an instant classic when it was published in 1972.
Until next time, happy reading!

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