Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brian Jacques....Farewell to a Legend

I saw this on Publishers Marketplace this morning....

Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall series--said to have sold 20 million copies worldwide--died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 71. His US publisher Philomel says that the 22nd and final Redwall book, THE ROGUE CREW, is scheduled for publication in May 2011.



71 is too young. Brian Jacques is one of the authors that made my son an avid reader. I am grateful to him for that and I know his fans will miss him.


It is also a reminder to all of us to get writing! To push and work and learn and grow....


life is short.




14 comments:

Scott said...

I never read any of his books, but always looked at them in the bookstore. Go figure.

I think I'm more saddened when an author dies, than a celebrity.

It's funny, when people ask me what celebrity I want to meet, I always would say something like . . . Marion Zimmer Bradley, Robert Jordan, Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Goodman, Guy Gavriel Kay . . . or some other author. It was never . . . Madonna, Cher, Meryl Streep.

We've lost too many of the older, and not so old, writers in recent years.

S

Nisa said...

Oh, that is such sad news!

Angie said...

My boys love those books. They were sad to hear the news.

Tess said...

Scott: me too! my list is: Patricia Reilly Giff, Kate DiCamillo, Sue Monk Kidd, Gary Paulson, Lois Lowry....

those (to me) are real heros.

Nisa and Angie: yes, I was sad too. The older I get, the younger 71 seems.

lotusgirl said...

That's so sad. He was too young. My daughter (16) LOVED those books and read them repeatedly when she was younger. The last few she's only read once. There are so many good books to read and so little time with all the school things she has to do.

I love Lois Lowry's writing and Patricia Reilly Giff's. I'd love to meet them, too.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I still haven't read any Redwall books but know what a profound impact he had on many of my students.

Janna Qualman said...

I heard about his passing, and will be thinking of his family and all those affected.

Taryn Tyler said...

I am very sad to hear this. I read a lot of his books when I was younger. I may pull out the Redwall Cookbook and hold a farewell feast in his honor this weekend.

ali said...

Life IS short. This is a very sad loss.

Martin Willoughby said...

I've never heard of him, but whenever someone creative dies, the world gets a little colder.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I just read about his passing this morning. So sad. The children's book world has lost an amazing talent.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Isn't that the truth - about the short life. My oldest loved that series, too. He did wonders for boy readers.

Susan Fields said...

Life is short, that's so true. I'm sorry to hear this sad news.

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Oh, how sad! I love those books, even though I didn't hear about the series until college.

You're right about life being short. We never know what tomorrow may hold - so seize the day!

Amy