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message 1: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments I was so sad to hear of Austin Clarke's passing. The Polished Hoe is such a fabulous book!

http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/06/austi...


message 2: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
RIP Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) who passed away today. I have a copy of Night which I will now move up higher in my TBR pile.

http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/eli...


message 3: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "RIP Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) who passed away today. I have a copy of Night which I will now move up higher in my TBR pile.

http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/eli......"


You've never read it!??? It's a book every kid should have read in high school IMO. I've read it several times. I think I will read it again.


message 4: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Nope - not sure how I missed it!


message 5: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Brace yourself, Susan. It's tiny, but intense and powerful. Louise -- I read it in high school.


message 6: by Shannon (new)

Shannon ❀ Susan wrote: "RIP Elie Wiesel (1928-2016) who passed away today. I have a copy of Night which I will now move up higher in my TBR pile.

I couldn't look at his face without tearing up for a long time after reading that book. It's on my list of best books ever. Many don't know it's the first of a trilogy. I'm going to go ahead and get to the other two. They're short reads like the first.


message 7: by ✿✿✿May (new)

✿✿✿May  | 671 comments I read the book close to 10 years ago and I still vividly remember the sadness it gave me.


message 8: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments I have all three but admit I've never read the other two. I have heard they are not as good as Night. Perhaps it's time I see for myself.


message 9: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Louise wrote: "I have all three but admit I've never read the other two. I have heard they are not as good as Night. Perhaps it's time I see for myself."

I suspect healing isn't as sexy as tragedy -- at least not in books-- if the other two books are in fact about how he was able to get back to normal. I must admit, I didn't read the other two because I didn't think they'd be as good. But I agree, Louise, it's time I see for myself.


message 10: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
@Louise - this is a very interesting article from the Globe & Mail about Austin Clarke: “The brightest boy in the village challenged me to a reading race. He decided on the books to be read; he took one and I took one. I became fascinated and I wanted to become a writer, because it was amazing to me that anybody could remember what he’d written on the first page and be consistent on page 300.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...


message 11: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "@Louise - this is a very interesting article from the Globe & Mail about Austin Clarke: “The brightest boy in the village challenged me to a reading race. He decided on the books to be read; he too..."

Thanks for sharing this Susan. I LOVED The Polished Hoe


message 12: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments W.P. Kinsella has died at age 81, ending his own life under assisted-dying legislation in B.C. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british...


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan | 741 comments Well, that's sad news.


message 14: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Anyone read Edward Albee? I have a copy of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf but have not read it yet. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2016/09/16/...


message 15: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
I recently noticed that one of our members (sorry can't remember who) was reading Pippi Longstocking. Here is an interesting article on Astrid Lindgren who passed away this past week: https://www.theguardian.com/books/201...


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1642 comments That was me. I didn't hear that. I thought she had already passed to be honest! I'm reading it with my five year old, but we recently went through renovations and somehow through the jigs and the reels it has gotten misplaced. Hoping to find and finish it soon!


message 17: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
LOL - I love reading and sharing books with my kids!! I hope that you find it soon. :)


message 18: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Leonard Cohen has passed away. He was 82 years old.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/new...


message 19: by Petra (new)

Petra | 674 comments My husband just told me this. I'm rather sad about it. I like his poetry and music.


message 20: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Man... the radio is just full of Cohen's music this afternoon. And I'm finding it so teary and emotional! I have very, very warm memories of learning about Cohen in university. I had a very close friend and roommate who was really into him, and through this friend I listened to and read a lot of Cohen's work.

At that time I worked at a (really awesome) used bookstore with a special section for rare first editions. I spent what at that time was a ton of money for a first-edition copy of Beautiful Losers for that friend, and today I'm connecting back to that era of my life.


message 21: by Kristen (new)

Kristen | 32 comments Cohen's music was so beautiful, his lyrics were pure poetry. His music makes you connect with something deeper. Loss to Canadian music.


message 22: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
@Allison - Beautiful Losers is on my TBR list and is also part of the CBC's 100 Books that Make You Proud to be Cdn


message 23: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments He wasn't Canadian but he was from the Commonwealth. Irish writer William Trevor has died :-(

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/boo...

Wall Street Journal said of him 'There is no better short story writer in the English-speaking world'. I hate to admit that although I have read some of his novels I have never read any of his short stories. I must rectify that as soon as possible.


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1642 comments Just had to share this...Hundreds of St. John's singers show up for Leonard Cohen sing-a-long

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoun...


Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ (allisonhikesthebookwoods) | 1642 comments He wasn't a literary figure, but I was so saddened to hear of Alan Thicke's sudden passing yesterday. He was on the second episode of the newly released Fuller House, Season 2. Likely one of his last performances. I hear he also wrote a couple of parenting books over the years.


message 26: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Agree -- it feels sad. Alan Thicke was on Canada Reads in 2012, defending The Game by Ken Dryden.


message 27: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Some authors who have passed this year: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/12/in-me...


message 28: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
RIP Carrie Fisher - actress and author: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/...


message 29: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
RIP Richard Adams, author of Watership Down: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-10788325


message 30: by Susan (new)

Susan | 741 comments I read Watership Down so many times in my teens and early 20s. It was my favourite book at the time. I really should reread it and see how it strikes me now.


message 31: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "RIP Richard Adams, author of Watership Down: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-10788325"

OH NO. One of my all time favorite writers. I can re-read Watership Down over and over and over again and never tire of it.


message 32: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "Some authors who have passed this year: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/12/in-me..."

It's been a harsh year, especially for music.


message 33: by Mj (last edited Jan 12, 2017 10:05AM) (new)

Mj I missed this on January 10th but I remember the big outpouring for David Bowie when he passed away. Can't believe it's been a year!! A truly game-changing writer in the genre he chose.

http://video.theloop.ca/entertainment...


message 34: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Has anyone read The Exorcist? The author has passed away: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/b...


message 35: by Mj (new)

Mj ❀ Susan - Thanks for posting. I read the article. Very interesting. It seems that William Peter Blatty led a colourful and diverse rag-to-riches and back again life. His memoir mentioned in the article might be something I'll check out.

In deference to the author, it's always a shame to see anyone pass away too soon.....but in answer to your question, I never did read The Exorcist. Heck I didn't even watch the movie. I remember watching the promos on television. They gave me the willies!!! Tried to watch later when it was shown on television but still couldn't hack it. I have never have been a big fan of horror books or movies. I know I'm in the minority but to each his own. Diversity keeps life interesting. Perhaps The Exorcist might be an "out-of-your-comfort-zone" Bingo possibility for me (ha ha) although I currently have something else planned.


message 36: by Barbara (new)

Barbara McEwen (babsbookobsession) | 215 comments I have read The Exorcist. As per usual I liked the book more than the movie. Very spooky!


message 38: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Awww... Sad.


message 39: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments why did I think he was black? I've loved the books of his that I've read.
wish there was a word in English for thank you for all you've given the world, we'll miss you! may you be blessed


message 40: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Magdelanye wrote: "why did I think he was black? I've loved the books of his that I've read.
wish there was a word in English for thank you for all you've given the world, we'll miss you! may you be blessed"


@Magdelanye Richard Wright is an African-American author by the same name who wrote the incredible Native Son.


message 42: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments @susan, can't open it yet but I think I know...
what a bummer, Stuart McLean, He was supposed to be recovering!
Missing him on the weekend, I anticipated his return in the spring. Who else but Stuart could have you laughing and crying at the same time.
Salut!


message 43: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
yes, you are correct @Magdelanye - it is so very sad. Unfortunately melanoma is often found too late and he will be a big loss to readers and listeners of CBC. He had come to our local theatre and I regret that I missed his performance but had not yet started to appreciate his stories until I received one of his books at my in person book club Christmas exchange.


message 44: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Another author loss: http://www.cbc.ca/books/mobile/touch/...


message 45: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Oh no, I just heard that Richard Wagamese has died :-(


message 46: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
I am so sad to hear this. He is the one author that I most wanted to meet. What a sad loss for Canada! I could not find any details other than some tweets.


message 47: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments Noooooi!!?
where did you hear this Louise?


message 48: by Mj (last edited Mar 11, 2017 07:15AM) (new)

Mj Am hoping it's a hoax. Even reading about it here was devastating. If it's true, it would be such a loss - such a beautiful human being and great author with so much more to contribute.

Edit - unfortunately I see that the news is true. So terribly sad.


message 49: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3562 comments Mod
Unfortunately Shelagh Rogers has tweeted about it sadly. :(


message 50: by Allison (new)

Allison | 1919 comments Oh no....... That is incredibly sad.

So grateful that before he died he found his writing career. We're all richer for it.


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