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In Memoriam February 17, 2010

Posted by Donna in Uncategorized.


  Considering this is Library Lovers’ Month and I love libraries and books and there are many authors who write those books that are found in our lovable libraries, I feel the need to make a comment on several  notable literary deaths that I read about so far in 2010. (Do you think this will qualify for one of the longest sentences in the world?) The literary world will feel their loss but, thank goodness, their work will last forever in their books that are found in our wonderful, enchanting libraries.(Did I mention already that I love libraries?)

   I have written about Robert B. Parker who died of a heart attack doing what he loved to do…writing in January. I am still bereft to think that Spencer will be gone from my reading world but I was glad to read that there still will be several books by Parker that will be published posthumously. Kage Baker, Louis Auchincloss, Howard Zinn, Erich Segal, J. D. Salinger and Miep Gies are just a few others that  have recently died. Another one of my favorites, Dick Francis, died on Valentine’s Day at the age of 89. He was able to transport me to another world with his horse racing mysteries. His words will be carried on by his son, Felix, who will continue writing horse mysteries.

    We even have lost a few poets these past two months. Lucille Clifton was one of my favorite poets. She died on February 13. Here is one poem that I love by her:

 Homage to My Hips

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

It’s a good thing that we have new writers to explore and enjoy every year. I look forward to read about some new authors and their first novels from our Adult Services’ next book discussion.

 Happy Reading….think spring!~Donna



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