November 18, 2017

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In Memoriam 2015

Our annual tribute to those we lost this past year, notables who not only contributed to the community but helped to define it with their literary, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments.

Peter Dickinson Dies at 88

Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

E.L. Konigsburg Remembered, Celebrated for Inspiring Kids to Be Themselves

Newbery Medalist Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, author of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and 18 other books for children, died Friday in Falls Church, VA. She was 83. The author, better known as E.L. Konigsburg, will be remembered fondly for her creativity, her humor, and her intricate storytelling that celebrated each kid’s uniqueness, her friends, colleagues, and fans say.

Gerald McDermott: A Legacy of Magical Storytelling

Gerald McDermott, award-winning author, illustrator, and filmmaker who died on December 26 at age 71, will be fondly remembered for his unique style of vibrant, visual storytelling, which has inspired and engaged generations of kids. Highlights of McDermott’s career, which spanned a 49-year period, include a Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honor books, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.