News & Notes 7/08/17

July 8, 2017 News & Notes 0

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Michael Bond with Paddington Bear toyLiterary Losses

Michael Bond, author of the beloved Paddington Bear children’s books, died June 27 at the age of 91. While Bond did write for adults (notably his Monsieur Pamplemousse mysteries), it was his series about a loveable Peruvian bear that most captured his readers’ hearts and imaginations. The first in the series, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958, with illustrations by Peggy Fortnum. The books’ popularity soared after a 1970s BBC television series, and again following the successful 2014 film, Paddington. (A second film is in the works; it finished filming on the day of Bond’s death.) Bond never stopped writing: his latest Paddington book, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was released in April 2017. After his death was announced, tributes poured in from fans, including Hugh Bonneville (who plays Mr. Brown in the Paddington films), Stephen Fry, and Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, which publishes the Paddington books.

Obituaries and tributes: The Guardianalso from The Guardian; NPR

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Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, author, teacher, and humanitarian whose work won him a Nobel Peace Prize, died yesterday, July 2, 2017, at the age of 87. Wiesel’s autobiographical Night, an account of his teenage years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, is both a powerful written testimony to the horrors of the Holocaust and a philosophical response to the questions it raises.

Obituaries and tributes: The Guardian;  NPR 


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