Rest in Peace, Cynthia G. Hurd

Cynthia G. Hurd, librarian, among nine killed in terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. - peoplewhowrite

On Wednesday June 17th, Cynthia G. Hurd, manager of St. Andrews Regional Library branch in Charleston, SC, was among nine Bible Study Attendees murdered in a terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. All 16 of the Charleston County Public Library’s branches were closed Thursday in her honor. She would have turned 55 this Sunday June 21st.

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Rest in Peace, Allan Kornblum

Allan Kornblum, founder of Coffee House Press, has died. - peoplewhowrite

Allan Kornblum, founder of Coffee House Press, has died. He was 65.


From David L. Ulin’s piece in the LA Times:

To understand the significance of Kornblum’s work at Toothpaste Press and Coffee House, we have to remember what the American publishing landscape looked like then. Largely homogenous, based in New York and bound by its own peculiar hierarchies, it was an exclusionary business for those who didn’t fit the mold.

Kornblum was one of the pioneers who changed that, publishing on his own terms, aesthetic and otherwise.

Rest in Peace, J. California Cooper

Author J. California Cooper has died. She was 82 - peoplewhowrite

Author and playwright Joan California Cooper died on Saturday September 20th. She was 82.

“…I have found out that life is sure full of lessons. I have seen most people just skip through their life and don’t pay no attention to what they are missing in life: the lessons! The lessons that tell you it’s better to be right, and do right instead of wrong. That will save you from a whole lot of troubles as you go along your way. God runs my life so I don’t have to worry about it.” — from Life is Short But Wide by J. California Cooper.

Rest in Peace, Steven Sotloff

Journalist Steven Sotloff was published in TIME, World Affairs Journal,  and Foreign Policy, among other outlets. - peoplwhowrite

Journalist Steven Sotloff was published in TIME, World Affairs Journal, and Foreign Policy, among other outlets.

Steven Sotloff was reportedly beheaded by Islamic State representatives. The Washington Post reports the Florida native was abducted after entering Syria from Turkey on August 4, 2013, adding, “he had covered turmoil in countries including Egypt and Libya, where his reporting served as the basis of a Time magazine reconstruction of the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi.”

Rest in Peace, James Foley

Journalist James Foley - peoplewhowrite

Journalist James Foley was reportedly beheaded by members of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Foley, who had been captured once before by soldiers in Libya and later released, said of the ordeal, “I believe that front line journalism is important. Without these photos and videos and firsthand experience, we can’t really tell the world how bad it might be.”

Rest in Peace, Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers died July 1, 2014. He was 76. - peoplewhowrite

Walter Dean Myers died July 1, 2014. He was 76.

“I love what I do.

After forty-three years and over one hundred books, it still amazes me that I have been lucky enough to spend most of my life doing what I truly love: writing. That people read what I write, that I have won awards for my writing , and that I have been able to make a living at it are extras for which I am very grateful. Success at writing simply means that I am able to continue to write instead of having to get some other job. The many returns my readers have given me for my efforts have exceeded my most ambitious expectations.” From Just Write: Here’s How!

Rest in Peace, Ned Vizzini

Ned Vizzini, author of the novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, committed suicide. He was 32. - peoplewhowrite

Ned Vizzini, television writer and author of the novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story, committed suicide in Brooklyn, according to People.com. He was 32.

“Ned was bending over backwards to make me feel sympathetic for this actor who’d dismissed Ned’s script as a piece of shit, and I frowned. ‘Ned,’ I said firmly, ‘You are absolutely ruining this good gossip right now.’ But that wasn’t what it was. I realized later that Ned simply couldn’t tell a story without rendering a character in three dimensions.” — from “Remembering Ned Vizzini, the Great Storyteller,” by Kyle Buchanan.

Rest in Peace, Janet Dailey

Janet Dailey, author of 90+ works of romance and historical fiction, has died. She was 69. - peoplewhowrite

Janet Dailey, author of 90+ works of romance and historical fiction, has died. She was 69.

“Janet Dailey was a trailblazing romance author who matured into a serious chronicler of western history, emphasizing love of the land and the passionate men and women who forged the American west. Her fans will miss her but none more than myself, her friend and agent for decades.” — Richard Curtis.