Posted on September 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The literary world lost two members last week.

The death of Winston Groom, who wrote the novel Forrest Gump, was announced last Thursday.

Groom was seventy-seven years old.

While popularly known for Forrest Gump, adapted into a smash hit movie starring Tom Hanks, Groom was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Conversations with the Enemy, about a American prisoner of war in Vietnam accused of collaboration, received that honor in 1984.

You can read more about Groom in the Associated Press’s obituary.

Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth fantasy series, died on Thursday at age seventy-two.

He wrote his first novel (and first in the series) in 1994 and was still continuing the series, with the twenty-first installment in the series — Heart of Black Ice — coming out this past January.

Goodkind’s death was announced on his Facebook page, with a short remembrance; you can read it and also Tor’s obituary to learn more about his career.

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