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Subject: Tribute to authors who died in 2007
Date Posted: 12/15/2007 10:04 PM ET
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It has been a tragic year for many wonderful authors whom we will not see anything else by. Here is a list of great authors who have passed away this year. Alexander, Lloyd (fantasy novelist) Buchwald, Art (humorist) Ivins, Molly (journalist) Jordan, Robert (fantasy novelist) L'Engle, Madeleine (fantasy novelist) Olsen, Tillie (feminist author) Paley, Grace (author and activist) Roche, Paul (poet) Sheldon, Sidney (novelist and screenwriter) Viertel, Peter (novelist, Screenwriter) Vonnegut, Kurt (novelist)





Date Posted: 12/15/2007 10:07 PM ET
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Oh, I didn't know about Lloyd Alexander!  I love his work.

Norman Mailer must be added to this list.


Date Posted: 12/15/2007 10:08 PM ET
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yes! I almost forgot, what a great man!

Date Posted: 12/15/2007 11:00 PM ET
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Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby and The Stepford Wives passed away on November 12. 

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 8:33 AM ET
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Kathleen Woodiwiss, who with Rosemary Rogers, was the Queen Mother of the genre.

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 9:23 AM ET
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Kathleen Woodiwiss!  I can remember, waaaay back (I was a junior in high school) I was sitting on my grandma's front porch, reading "The Wolf and the Dove."  My grandma loved to read, especially romances, and she came out, said, "What are you reading?" and took the book from me.  After a minute or two she said, "Vicky, this is a dirty book!!"  I laughed and continued reading.  She borrowed it as soon as I was finished, and eventually between the two of us, we read everything by Kathleen that we could find.    I think I still have that old paperback somewhere; I should read it again.

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 9:30 AM ET
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Oh, and also Fred Saberhagen!  And David Halberstam.

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 6:58 PM ET
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I miss Kurt Vonnegut...


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Date Posted: 12/17/2007 9:25 PM ET
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I love Mollie Ivins weekly columns.

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Date Posted: 12/17/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Also to add is Carolyn Hougan, who co-wrote the "John Case" suspense/ thriller books.  

Carolyn Hougan, 63, a novelist who wrote under her own name as well as the pseudonym “John Case” for thrillers written with her husband, died of cancer Feb. 25 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Ms. Hougan wrote “Shooting in the Dark” (1984), “The Romeo Flag” (1989) and “Blood Relative” (1992). She teamed up with her writer-husband, Jim Hougan, to pen a series of thrillers of which the best known is “The Genesis Code” (1997), a bestseller about Vatican intrigue. Their latest novel, “Ghost Dancer” (2007), has been nominated for the Dashiell Hammett Award for the best literary crime novel.

Upon the reissue of her first novel, “Shooting in the Dark,” the Chicago Tribune said it was “shamefully neglected” and called it “a veritable Fabergé egg full of treasures and delights.” As the distaff half of John Case, she also co-wrote “The First Horseman” (1998), “The Syndrome” in 2001 (”an awfully dull name for a highly entertaining thriller,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said), “The Eighth Day” (2002) and “The Murder Artist” (2004)….

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 6:04 AM ET
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May Molly Ivins's words live on and better the world!

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 8:49 PM ET
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Molly Ivins is sorely missed for her wit and humor in these hard polictical times.

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 3:54 PM ET
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Alice Borchardt died in July. She was Anne Rice's sister.

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 12:22 AM ET
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I read most of Kurt Vonnegets (I can never remember how it's spelled) books in High School.  I should reread them, it's been a long time.  The Elusive Flame by Kathleen Woodwiss is one of my "keepers".