- 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.