Posted on March 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Several notable literary figures have recently passed away.

Al Silverman, chief executive of the Book-of-the-Month Club and co-author of NFL star Gale Sayers’s autobiography, died March 10 at age ninety-two.

A chapter from I Am Third became the basis of the hit movie Brian’s Song.

Read his full obituary in the New York Times or the Washington Post.

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, a children’s author best known for the Nate the Great detective series, died March 12 at age ninety.

Sharmat was inspired to begin the first of her 130 youth books when she had children and saw how dull literature for them was, her son told the New York Times.

W.S. Merwin, who won a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, along with serving as U.S. poet laureate, died March 15 at age ninety-one.

The New Yorker reflects on his most famous poem, "For the Anniversary of My Death," in the wake of his passing, though you can read the Associated Press’s obituary if you prefer something more traditional.

Justin Sheedy, an Australian war-fiction author who had recently signed a major publishing deal, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend as well.

Visit Sheedy’s website to learn more about his work and his Facebook page to see tributes from friends, family, and friends.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Obituary, Poetry

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