News & Notes – 9/24/16

September 24, 2016 News & Notes 6

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

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Literary Losses

Edward Albee, the world-famous playwright best known for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 at the age of 88. Albee had a long and illustrious career as a playwright, beginning with The Zoo Story in 1958 and ending with Me Myself and I in 2007. Along the way, he adapted Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Nabokov’s Lolita for the stage, and garnered numerous awards, including several Tony Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, and a host of other drama award. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf won the Tony Award in 1963, and would have won the Pulitzer Prize for drama if the advisory committee had not decided against awarding a drama prize at all that year (over the objections of the drama jury.) The play later became de regueur reading for theater students. (Obituaries, biographies, and tributes: American Theater, The Guardian, New York TimesWikipedia.)


W. P. Kinsella died on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Hope, British Columbia. His best-known work is Shoeless Joe, the story of a farmer who builds a baseball field in hopes of seeing the ghost of his idol, Shoeless Joe Jackson. The book was later adapted as the spectacularly successful movie Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner.  Kinsella’s literary agent, Carolyn Swayze, said in a statement that his death was doctor-assisted. (Doctor-assisted suicide is legal in Canada.) Willie Steele, a biographer working on a book about Kinsella, noted that he had suffered from complications of diabetes in recent years. (Obituaries & biography: Los Angeles Times; NPR; Toronto StarWikipedia)



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6 Responses to “News & Notes – 9/24/16”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s a great post, Anna! Our B&N has a lot of books but not always the ones I want… plus, it’s half an hour away (like pretty much everything else around here.) I’m all for supporting local bookstores, but I do end up ordering from Amazon when I don’t have time to get to my local bookstores!