Literary Master Toni Morrison Passes Away

Literary Master Toni Morrison Passes Away

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Toni Morrison, celebrated author of at least 30 books, has passed away, the BBC reports today.   Image via People   Morrison’s most famous novels include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, and Beloved won both the Pulitzer Prize and The American Book Award in 1988. Morrison won more than 30 across her 40 year writing career, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, Commander of the Arts and Letters, Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and honors from several prominent universities. Morrison is quoted, as well, on The National Memorial for Peace and …

‘Annie’ Musical Writer, Martin Charnin, Dies at 84

‘Annie’ Musical Writer, Martin Charnin, Dies at 84

When it hit the stage in 1977, we were swept away by the little orphan Annie. The musical that we all know and love was adapted from a comic strip series written by Harold Gary. The lyricist for the musical, Martin Charnin, died July 3rd of a heart attack at the age of eighty-four. The first to announce the news was his daughter, Sasha Charnin Morrison, who announced it in a very touching Instagram post.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BzmkbnqhmoL/?utm_source=ig_embed   Charnin didn’t begin his Broadway career as a writer, though. Before he wowed us all with Annie, which went on for a record …

Novelist and ‘Wonder Boys’ Inspiration Chuck Kinder Passes Away

Novelist and ‘Wonder Boys’ Inspiration Chuck Kinder Passes Away

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LA Times reports that beloved novelist Chuck Kinder, who was also the inspiration for the central character in Michael Chabon’s Wonder Boys, has passed away. Kinder was regarded as a literary force with a larger-than-life personality, and published many titles, including Snakehunter, The Silver Ghost, Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale, Last Mountain Dancer: Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss, and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life, and last year’s Hot Jewels.   Image via Amazon   Honeymooners was Kinder’s most popular book, and tells the story of two bad-boy writers, who were inspired by real-life friend Raymond Carver, and himself. He was also famous for …

American Poet W.S. Merwin Has Died at 91

American Poet W.S. Merwin Has Died at 91

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Your absence has gone through me Like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color. -W.S. Merwin, “Separation”   The world of poetry has lost one of its brightest and longest-burning lights this week. W.S. Merwin, a prolific American poet and environmental activist, has died at the age of 91 in Hai’ku, Hawaii. Those of you familiar with Merwin’s work understand the depth of loss that has occurred, and those of you who aren’t can consider this an opportunity to make the best of the situation and read through the repertoire of this exceedingly talented artist. …