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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Remembering Robert Jordan

Fantasy readers mourned the loss of Robert Jordan on September 16. The 58-year-old writer was working on the 12th book in his Wheel of Time series at the time of his death from a rare form of cancer.

Robert Jordan, which is the pen name for James Oliver Rigney, Jr. was born in Charleston, S.C. where he was living at the time of his death. He attended the Citadel and served in U.S. Army Vietnam and was awarded several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star. He began writing in 1977.

The Wheel of Time series is the story of Rand al’Thor whose destiny is to become a champion against evil in a mythical land. The 11th book in the series, Knife of Dreams, was published in 2005.

To read the series from start to finish, start with Book I, The Eye of the World, published in 1990.

Asked in a 2001 interview why he wrote fantasy, Jordan said:

“Some stories need to be told in certain genres, and fantasy allows the writer to explore good and evil, right and wrong, honor and duty without having to bow to the mainstream belief that all of these things are merely two sides of a coin. Good and evil exist, so do right and wrong. It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference, just as it can be difficult to know what is the proper thing to do, but it is worth making the effort.”

Don’t Miss . . .
October 6, 10:30 a.m. Author Vincent Carretta, author of Equiano, the African: The Biography of a Self-Made Man, discusses the life of this eloquent social observer and former slave. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, 703-765-3645.

October 10, 7 p.m. “Cataracts, Glaucoma and Dry Eyes,” ophthalmologist Wesam Silk. Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, Alexandria. Cosponsored by Inova. Call 703-204-3366 to sign up.

October 11, 7:30 p.m. “Conversations That Count: Talking With Your Doctor in Sickness and in Health,” Helen Osborne, president of Health Literacy Consulting. Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike. Cosponsored by Inova. Call 703-204-3366 to sign up.

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