News & Notes – 5/14/2022

May 14, 2022 News & Notes 3

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Literary Losses

Patricia A. McKillip at Westercon 64, at the Fairmont San Jose Hotel, 7/02/2011 (Stephen Gold/Wikimedia Commons)

Patricia A. McKillip, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, the Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy, and more than 15 other books, died May 6, 2022, at the age of 74. McKillip’s hauntingly beautiful stories and luminous prose won her both critical acclaim and devoted readers.

I first read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld in my teens, a few years after its publication, and have never forgotten it. The Riddle-Master of Hed trilogy, though its tone is somewhat different, has for me the same unforgettable quality. (The former feels more like a fairytale, the latter is more of a character-driven quest story; both are high fantasy.) To my sorrow, I rather neglected McKillip’s subsequent books over the years, for reasons I can’t explain even to myself. I suppose the silver lining is that I still have quite a few Patricia McKillip books to look forward to reading: a very appropriate way to honor her life and work.

Obituaries and tributes:; Shelf Awareness; Tachyon; Locus. Bibliography: Goodreads

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  • 20 Must-Read YA Historical Fiction Books (Book Riot) 20 years ago, a list like this one would have focused on straight white protagonists and European and American history. And those books would have been good, those stories worth telling…but so many stories (and so many readers) would have been absent. So I was delighted to see the breadth of experiences, cultures, and time periods in this recent list from Book Riot. From 1880s Korea to late-18th-century Africa and Brasil, from 1950s Hungary to 2011’s Syrian Revolution, from the Punjab in 1705 to Jerusalem during the Third Crusade. World War II is still well-represented; there’s Code Name: Verity and The Book Thief, but also books about a young Black woman passing as white to become a WASP and Japanese-American teens in US internment camps. Check out the list — but don’t blame me when you add a bunch more books to your TBR list!

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3 Responses to “News & Notes – 5/14/2022”

  1. Lark

    I’m so sad to hear that Patricia A. McKillip died! Her Riddle-Master of Hed series is such a favorite of mine. All her books are so lyrical and good. There’s no one else like her.
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  2. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    I saw the news about Patricia McKillip as well, and I also haven’t been keeping up with her work the way I wanted to. Well, I guess that means there’s more for me to read and enjoy now, though I do still feel guilty for not reading it while she was alive.
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