Their Books Live On: Authors In Memoriam 2019, Part 2

Our second post (see part one here) looking back at the authors we lost in 2019, with suggested titles from our catalog.

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  • Charles McCarryThis great spy novelist is often praised as the American John Le Carre. Check out his classic rendition of the JFK assassination, The Tears of Autumn.
  • Vonda McIntyreAn American science fiction writer known for her complex world-building and attention to scientific detail: Try her Nebula Award winning The Moon and the Sun.
  • W S Merwin. This prolific poet and translator’s Buddhist and deep ecological concerns can be fully experienced in The Essential W.S. Merwin.
  • Edmund Morris. Author of definitive biographies of Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and – most recently – Thomas Edison.
  • Toni Morrison. A towering figure in twentieth century literature and one of a handful of American Nobel laureates in that field; Beloved is generally acknowledged to be her masterpiece.
  • Les Murray. Sample this leading Australian poet’s startling wit and invention via his New Selected Poems.
  • Mary Oliver. Easily America’s bestselling and most beloved poet of the past quarter century. Readers new to Oliver should check out Devotions: The Selected Poems.
  • Molly O’Neill. Few food writers can lay claim to a true culinary epic, but O’Neill’s One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking is just that.
  • Anne Rivers Siddons. Popular writer known for evocative portrayals of Southern women examining their lives and roles in a society with often limited choices. Try Colony.
  • Elizabeth Spencer. A masterful observer of human passions and foibles. Check out her 2014 story collection Starting Over.
  • Gene Wolfe. This prolific fantasy and science-fiction author wrote challenging and imaginative stories that reward attentive readers with their depth and insight, such as his genre-bending 2013 novel The Land Across.
  • Herman Wouk. In a career spanning seventy years, Wouk told epic tales of men and war, love and fate. Check out his Pulitzer Prize winning classic The Caine Mutiny.

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Their Books Live On: Authors In Memoriam 2019, part 1

As 2019 draws to a close, we pause to remember authors (listed alphabetically) who died over the past year, with suggested reading from the library. Our list concludes tomorrow.

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Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

From l to r: Michael Wallenfells, Ursula K. Le Guin, Misha Stone, Duane Wilkins, May 2013, Central Library

Ursula K. Le Guin died in her home in Portland, Oregon on January 22nd at the age of 88. There have been so many marvelous essays and remembrances of her from Margaret Atwood, Karen Joy Fowler, Nisi Shawl, Nicola Griffith, Margaret Killjoy, John Scalzi and more. I don’t feel as though I can add anything new to the chorus, other than to share what Ursula K. Le Guin meant to me.

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