Authors We Lost in 2016

We lost a lot of great authors in 2016. Here is a tribute to some of the unforgettable writers we lost in the past year.


Harper Lee (died Feb 19)


Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize the following year. It is considered a classic in American literature. In 2015, a manuscript that was thought lost or destroyed, Go Set a Watchman, was published. It was actually the first draft of Mockingbird.


Elie Wiesel (died Sept 30)


Weisel was a Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate and political activist. He was also the author of more than 50 books, the most famous of which was Night.

Jackie Collins (died Sept 19)


Jackie Collins was a controversial romance novelist whose career spanned five decades. Her first novel, The World Is Full of Married Men, was published in 1968 and was widely banned and criticized as “smut.” Her best-selling book was 1983’s Hollywood Wives. In 1985, it was turned into a miniseries by Aaron Spelling.

Anna Dewdney (died Sept 3)


Anna Dewdney was the author of the popular children’s series that began with Llama Llama Red Pajama in 2005. Subsequent titles included Llama Llama Home With Mama and Llama Llama Time to Share. Dewdney died of brain cancer at the young age of 50.

Michael Blake (died May 2)


Michael Blake wrote the 1988 novel, Dances With Wolves, which was turned into an epic film by Kevin Costner in 1990.

Pat Conroy (died March 4)


Pat Conroy was the author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini. Both were made into Oscar-nominated films.

Gloria Naylor  (died September 28)


Gloria Naylor’s most famous book was 1982’s The Women of Brewster Place. It won a National Book Award the following year, and in 1989 was made into a film, spearheaded by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

The great thing about being a writer is, while a body may die and a mortal soul depart… books and stories live forever. Therefore, authors are as close to immortal as a human can be.


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