Authors may be gone, but their books live on—December 27, 2013
Another year has come and gone. 2013 has been a very busy year here at Hastings Public Library, so I thought now would be a good time to slow things down a bit and remember some late great authors that we have lost this past year.
Elmore Leonard passed away in August of this year. Many people may remember him as the author of the Raylan Givens books. These books also were the inspiration of the hit television series Justified. Leonard was also the author of more than 30 other novels such as Get Shorty, Be Cool, and The Big Bounce.
Popular author Tom Clancy passed away in October. Clancy was the author of many popular books in the Jack Ryan series. Some of his more famous books include: The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, and Red Storm Rising. Several of his books have also been made into feature films.
Romance author Janet Dailey, just passed away in December. She is probable best known for her books in the Calder series, including This Calder Range, Lone Calder Star, and Calder Pride. Dailey also wrote the Americana series which featured a romance book for each of the 50 states. Dailey has over 100 books to her name.
Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing died this November. Lessing won the Nobel Prize at the age of 88 in 2007. Lessing was the author of over 30 books including: The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook, and Adore, a novella that was recently made into a movie.
Children’s author Barbara Park passed away in November. Park will be remembered for her Junie B. Jones series, which includes over 25 books that follow precocious Junie B. through her kindergarten and first grade years of school.
Finally teen author Ned Vizzini passed away at the age of 32 in December. Vizzini was the author of the novel It’s kind of a Funny Story, about a teen suffering from depression, which was also turned into a movie. While dealing with difficult topics Vizzini wrote books that were both insightful and humorous. His other novels include Be More Chill, The Other Normals, and the semi autobiographical Teen Angst? Naaah…
Though these great authors have passed on, they will always live on in the books that they wrote, and be enjoyed by readers for years to come. Check out some books by these great authors at Hastings Public Library.