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Macmillan to Donate to the Kids’ Right to Read Project in Honor of the Late Nancy Garden

NCAC logoWriter Nancy Garden has died. She was 76-years-old.

The New York Times reports that Garden became most well-known for her 1982 young adult book entitled Annie On My Mind; it was one of the first to feature a lesbian relationship. Since its publication, “the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies and has never been out of print.”

To honor Garden’s memory, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will make a donation of $2,500 to the National Coalition Against Censorship. According to the press release, these funds will directly support the Kids’ Right to Read Project which offers aid, education, and direct advocacy to people fighting book challenges or book bans in schools and libraries.

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Walter Dean Myers Has Died

WDM 3Walter Dean Myers (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 76-years-old.

Myers enjoyed a 45-year career as a writer who penned more than one hundred children’s books. Some of his most beloved works include Fallen Angels (1988), Monster (1999), Bad Boy: A Memoir (2001), Autobiography of My Dead Brother (2005), and Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008). The publishing houses he worked with have a number of projects that will be posthumously released including On a Clear Day (2014), Juba! (April 2015), and a graphic novel adaptation of Monster.

Here’s more from the press release: “His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. In 2010, Walter was the United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 2012 he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year tenure in the position.”

Editor’s Note: This GalleyCat writer is currently employed at the Children’s Book Council.

Eric Hill Has Died

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Eric Hill (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 86-years-old.

Hill established his publishing career as the creator of the Spot picture book series. The first installment, Where’s Spot, was released back in 1980. Overall, he has sold more than 60 million books around the world.

Don Weisberg, the president of Penguin Young Readers Group, had this statement in the announcement: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Eric Hill. He was a visionary children’s book author and illustrator who created one of today’s most iconic children’s book characters and changed the landscape of children’s book design with his now ubiquitous lift-the-flap design. Spot has entertained and educated generations of pre-schoolers, a fact that gave Eric much joy. He was very fond of Spot, and we are forever grateful for his contribution to children’s books.”

Remembering Maya Angelou Through Her Writing

Maya AngelouFamed writer Maya Angelou has passed away. She was 86-years-old.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Throughout her writing, Ms. Angelou explored the concepts of personal identity and resilience through the multifaceted lens of race, sex, family, community and the collective past. As a whole, her work offered a clear-eyed examination of the ways in which the socially marginalizing forces of racism and sexism played out at the level of the individual.”

In addition to writing, Angelou proved to be an accomplished Renaissance woman who worked as an activist, entertainer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor, college professor, and lecturer. To commemorate Angelou’s life in letters, we have put together a literary mix tape. Below we’ve included links to free excerpts of Angelou’s books and poems. (Photo Credit: Dwight Carter)
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Gabriel García Márquez Has Died

GabrielColumbian author Gabriel García Márquez has passed away. He was 87-years-old.

In 2012, Márquez’s brother Jaime revealed that the beloved writer was suffering from dementia. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized in Mexico City.

Throughout his career, Márquez wrote nonfiction, short stories, news articles, and novels including his best known works, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). In 1982, he won the the Nobel Prize in Literature and accepted the award by delivering his now famous speech, “The Solitude of Latin America.” (via Latin Times)

Author Sherwin B. Nuland Has Died

sherwinnulandAuthor Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland has passed away. He died of prostate cancer. He was 83 years old.

Nuland was the author of How We Die, a nonfiction work about assisted suicide. The book won a National Book Award in 1994 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award in 1995. He also wrote Doctors: The Biography of Medicine, Medicine: The Art of Healing, The Wisdom of the Body, and The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths.

He regularly wrote a column on medicine and biomedical ethics called “The Uncertain Art,” for The American Scholar. He was also contributing editor to The American Scholar and The New Republic.

Nuland served as clinical professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, and as Chairman of the Board of Managers of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. He was also a member of the editorial board of Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and a member of the Bioethics Committee of Yale New Haven Hospital. (Via NPR Books).

 

Maggie Estep Has Died

maggieestepSlam poet Maggie Estep has died. She was 50 years old. According to a report in The New York Times, Estep died of a heart attack.

Estep was the author of seven books: Diary of an Emotional Idiot; Soft Maniacs; Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals; Hex; Gargantuan; Flamethrower; and Alice Fantastic. She also recorded two spoken word CDs: No More Mr. Nice Girl and Love is a Dog From Hell

Estep has also given readings of her work at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as on The Charlie Rose Show, MTV, PBS, and HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” According to her website, she was working on The Story of Giants when she passed away.

Poet Maxine Kumin Has Died

maxinekuminU.S. poet laureate Maxine Kumin has died at the age of 88, reports The Associated Press. Kumin, the author of dozens of poems, as well as works of fiction, nonfiction and a memoir, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for “Up Country.”

Here is more from the AP: “The Bennett Funeral Home in Concord says Kumin, who wrote more than three dozen books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature, died Thursday at her home in Warner after a year of failing health. Kumin was an advocate for women writers, human and political justice and animal rights. Her final work, “And Short the Season,” is scheduled to be released later this year.”

Kumin got her start publishing poems in The New Yorker. The magazine has paid tribute to the poet by sharing an audio recording of Kumin reading “Truth.”

Juan Gelman Has Died

downloadBlobPoet Juan Gelman has passed away. He was 83-years-old.

Gelman established his writing career by working as a journalist and writing more than 20 volumes of poetry. According to The Telegraph, Gelman (pictured, via) published his first poem when he was 11-years-old.

In 2007, the Ministry of Culture of Spain crowned him the winner of a lifetime achievement award, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize. In addition to his writing, NPR reports that Gelman became well known in his native Argentina for speaking out against the country’s “‘dirty war’ of the ’70s and ’80s.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Comic Book Artist Nick Cardy Has Died

aquamanVeteran comic book artist Nick Cardy has died. He was 93 years old.

Cardy was best known for his work with DC Comics and his work drawing Teen Titans and Aquaman. According to NickCardy.com, Cardy worked for the Iger/Eisner studio drawing for Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, Kaanga Comics for Fiction House. In the fifties he drew the Tarzan comic strip. When he started his career at DC Comics, he drew The Legends of Daniel Boone, a comic with only a couple of issues. In the 1970s he created artwork for movie posters including: Apocalypse Now, Movie, Movie and California Suite.

In 2005, Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame. (Via Comicbook.com)

 

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