Author Archives: Hillel Italie

  • Walter Dean Myers, Children’s Author, Dies at 76

    NEW YORK— Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children’s author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76. Myers, a longtime resident of Jersey City, N.J., died July 1 at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan after a brief illness, publisher ...

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  • Poet, Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86. Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, ...

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  • Black Activist, Poet-playwright Amiri Baraka Dies at 79

    Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79. His booking agent, Celeste Bateman, told The Associated Press that Baraka, who had ...

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  • Maya Angelou Mourns Death of Poet Amiri Baraka

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou is mourning her friend Amiri Baraka, remembering him as a vital poet whose private persona differed greatly from his fiery public image. "He was very kind. He was very intelligent and very funny," Angelou said Friday during a telephone interview. ...

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  • Maya Angelou Mourns Longtime Friend Nelson Mandela

    NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, who first met Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, praised him as a great man worthy of comparison to another icon she knew, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "Our planet has lost a friend," the author and poet said Friday during a telephone interview. ...

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  • Maya Angelou Accepts Mailer Center Lifetime Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou sang, lectured and reminisced as she accepted a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from the Norman Mailer Center. The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored during a benefit gala at the New ...

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  • Best-selling Author Tom Clancy has Died at Age 66

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66. Penguin Group (USA) said Wednesday that Clancy had ...

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