The reading world has already lost many authors this year.
The Italian academic Umberto Eco died this month at 84. His Latin language-filled The Name Of The Rose, a mystery set in a Medieval abbey, is his best known book. Find it (and others) in English Adult Fiction at the Lennoxville Library; other works are on the French shelves.
Harper Lee died at 89. For decades, her only published book was the iconic To Kill A Mockingbird (available in both book and audio form). But before her death, the first version of that novel was finally published, a completely different creation in which white lawyer Atticus Finch is a blunt racist. Go Set A Watchman is filed in Large Print.
Puerto Rican Rosario Ferr died at 77, and wrote in Spanish and English. She’s best known for the family saga A House On The Lagoon, which she translated herself from the original Spanish.
Canadian Constance Beresford-Howe moved to England decades ago, but we can never quite let go of Canucks who abandon us. She died at 93, and was best-known for The Book of Eve. The Globe And Mail wrote: “the 65-year-old heroine tries to explain why she bolted from her long marriage to a demanding invalid husband: ‘You can’t know what it’s like to be invisible for years on end. … Never independent. Never free, even to use those four-letter words we all know, because the chief duty of females, we were taught, was to practise the restraints of civilization, not explore its possibilities.’ Her heavy use of dialogue in all her books made them highly readable, while her sense of irony and deft social comedy led to comparisons with the English writer Barbara Pym.”
Some of her works are available in French translation via interlibrary loan.
— February 2016