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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Writers Remembered

In 2008, we lost some distinguished authors. Among those whose work you might want to sample are:

George McDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman series (April 2, 1925 – Jan. 2, 2008).

Margaret Truman Daniel, author of Murder at the White House and other mysteries set in D.C. (Feb. 17, 1924 – Jan. 19, 2008).

Phyllis Whitney, author of young adult and adult books (Sept. 9, 1903 – Feb. 8, 2008).

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, author of science fiction such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Childhood’s End (Dec. 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008).

Alexandr Solzhenitzyn, Nobel Prize winner and author of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Dec. 11, 1918 - Aug. 3, 2008).

Gregory McDonald, author of the Fletch series (Feb. 15, 1937 - Sept. 7, 2008).

Tony Hillerman, author of a mystery series set in Navaho country. (May 27,1925 – Oct. 26, 2008).

Studs Terkel, author of Working and other oral histories (Oct. 26, 2008 - May 27, 1925).

Michael Crichton, author of novels including Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain and creator of the TV series, “E.R.” (Feb. 25, 1939 – Nov. 5, 2008).

Harold Pinter, Nobel-prize-winning playwright known for “The Homecoming” and “The Caretaker” (Nov. 2, 1914 - Dec. 24, 2008).

Donald Westlake, mystery author, nominated for an Oscar for his script for “The Grifters” (July 12, 1934 – Dec. 31, 2008).

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