Man, it's been a bad year for authors, and it's still only March! We lost another of the greats on Saturday, as British fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a two-year battle with cancer.
Wynne Jones published books that were equally loved by children, teens, and adults, and writers as varied as J.K. Rowling to Neil Gaiman claim her as one of their greatest influences.
For more information about her rich life, read this obituary from School Library Journal, or this reminiscence from the blog of Neil Gaiman, who traveled to Britain to visit with her last week. And for folks who haven't discovered her funny, wise, and witty fantasy books for all ages, check out some of these titles:
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci:
The lives of Christopher Chant
The magicians of Caprona
The Derkholm series:
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Year of the Griffin
The Dalemark Quartet
Cart and Cwidder
Crown of Dalemark
The Howl's Moving Castle series
Howl's Moving Castle
Castle in the Air
House of Many Ways
And so many other wonderful stand-alone titles– Hexwood! Enchanted Glass! The upcoming "Earwig and the Witch!"
Diana, you will be missed.
It is a sad day for fans of Mossflower Woods!
Master storyteller and author Brian Jacques, prolific author of the anthropomorphic adventure series Redwall, died of a sudden heart attack on Saturday, February 5.
Read here for an obituary of this wonderful author.
If you have not read books by Brian Jacques, what better way to honor his memory than to get hooked into a fantastic world of animals and adventure! See below for a list of all books in the series (in publication date order) … and wait with the rest of us for the latest (and now likely final) book in the series, "Roque Crew," which will be published in May.