Posted by Pamela Bobker on January 3rd, 2017
If you visit our display “2016 RIP,” you will find books, movies and music CDs related to celebrities who died in 2016 – notable actors Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, athletes Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali, and many others. I want to make note of a few authors who died this year.
Romanian-born Jewish writer and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel wrote fiction and nonfiction works to compel the world never to forget the Holocaust. Among his important fiction is the Night trilogy: Night, Dawn and Day, beginning with Night, an autobiographical work about his experiences with his father in Nazi German concentration camps.
Harper Lee, author of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird published in 1960, and Go Tell a Watchman, written in the 1950s, which was published as a “sequel” in 2015 but later confirmed to be a draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. She is also known for assisting her good friend Truman Capote in researching his book In Cold Blood. The character Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird is based on Capote.
William Trevor was a prolific Irish novelist, playwright and short story writer, considered to be one of the elder statesmen of the Irish literary world. Notable works include Felicia’s Journey, Death in Summer and Two Lives. British author and art historian Anita Brookner was best known for Hotel du Lac, winner of the Man Booker Prize.
Italian novelist Umberto Eco was best known for his intellectual mystery The Name of the Rose, a novel that combines biblical analysis and intrigue, set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327.
American author Pat Conroy wrote The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini and others novels, usually set in the South. Jim Harrison wrote poetry, essays about food and novels, best known for Legends of the Fall, a novella about three brothers and their father struggling to survive in early 20th century Montana. Gloria Naylor wrote stories and novels centered on the lives of African-American women, including The Women of Brewster Place.
Finally, Alvin Toffler, American writer known for Future Shock, the 1970 international bestseller about how the stress of society transforming into a super-industrial society is overwhelming people, popularizing the term “information overload”.
If you are interested in reading or re-reading works by any of these authors, click on their names for catalog availability.