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Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died.Conford died at home in Great Neck, New York, last Friday, on her 73rd birthday, her husband told The Associated Press. David...
Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on peasants in the Soviet Union, has died. He was 77.Rasputin, who died Saturday, was remembered by hundreds of Russians, including President Vladimir Putin, who paid their final respects at Moscow's main...
Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)
By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill patients to...
Mal Peet (2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago.Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children's books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the 2005 Carnegie Medal...
Yasar Kemal (2015)
By SUZAN FRASER, The Associated PressANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's best-known novelists with worldwide readership, has died, his doctor said on Saturday. He was 91.Kemal died at Istanbul's Capa Hospital where he was admitted on Jan. 14 and was being treated in its intensive care unit for multiple organ failure, Dr. Mehmet Akif Karan said.Kemal was the author of "Memed, My...
Philip Levine, 87 (1928 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE and SCOTT SMITH, The Associated PressFRESNO, California (AP) — Philip Levine, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal...
André Brink, 79 (1935 - 2015)
By LYNSEY CHUTEL, The Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prolific author, Andre Brink, who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regime, has died, his publishers said...
Martin Gilbert, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Martin Gilbert, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, has died following a lengthy illness. He was 78.Gilbert died...
Colleen McCullough , 77 (1937 - 2015)
The Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel "The Thorn Birds" sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. ...
John Bayley, 89 (1925 - 2015)
The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Author John Bayley, known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, has died of a heart ailment. He was 89.His editor Robert Weil said...
Helen Eustis, 98 (1916 - 2015)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Eustis, an Edgar Award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors, has died. She was 98. Eustis...
Robert Stone, 77 (1937 - 2015)
By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works...
Tadeusz Konwicki, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tadeusz Konwicki, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, has died....
Miller Williams, 84 (1930 - 2015)
By ANDREW DeMILLO, The Associated PressLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas poet Miller Williams, a prolific writer and teacher who read a poem at President Bill Clinton's 1997 inauguration, has died....
Stanislaw Baranczak, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, The Associated PressWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home,...
Norman Bridwell, 86 (1928 - 2014)
By LEANNE ITALIE, The Associated PressNorman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the...
Ralph Giordano, 91 (1923 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Ralph Giordano, a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right, and later became a prominent critic of Germany's...
Claudia Emerson (2014)
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, The Associated PressRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Claudia Emerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, died early Thursday morning at age...
Vicente Lenero (2014)
The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Renowned Mexican author, playwright and journalist Vicente Lenero has died. He was 81.Rafael Tovar y de Teresa is president of Mexico's National Council for...
Kent Haruf, 71 (1943 - 2014)
The Associated PressDENVER (AP) — Author Kent Haruf, who wrote "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small-town Colorado, died Sunday at age 71, his publisher said.Haruf's editor at Knopf...
Radwa Ashour, 68 (1946 - 2014)
By MERRIT KENNEDY, The Associated PressCAIRO (AP) — Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour, who used her often deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, has died...
Mark Strand (2014)
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Strand, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate widely praised for his concentrated, elegiac verse, has died. He was 80.Strand, whose works were translated into...
Saeed Akl, 102 (1912 - 2014)
Obit Text Preview The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. ...
P.D. James, 94 (1920 - 2014)
By JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never...
Alice Lee (2014)
The Associated Press MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alice Lee, the sister of the famous "To Kill a Mockingbird" author and an influential Alabama lawyer and church leader in her own right, died Monday...
Almiran Montgomery (1936 - 2014)
The Associated PressWARREN, Vt. (AP) — An author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure" has died in Vermont. Raymond Almiran Montgomery was 78.Montgomery's wife says he...
Galway Kinnell , 87 (1927 - 2014)
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of...
Carolyn Kizer, 88 (1925 - 2014)
The Associated PressSONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Carolyn Kizer, a feminist Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who spoke her political mind even at age 7, has died in Sonoma from the effects of dementia, her...
Siegfried Lenz (2014 - 2014)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — German author Siegfried Lenz, whose works frequently addressed the moral quandaries faced by ordinary people, has died at 88.Publisher Hoffmann und Campe said Lenz...
Deborah "Duchess of Devonshire" Cavendish, 94 (1920 - 2014)
DANICA KIRKA, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, the last of the witty, unconventional Mitford sisters, died Wednesday, her son said. She was 94. ...