Hello Ebi! Hello Fam!

As we recognize the true purpose of today’s holiday, we cannot help but remember all those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. But today, I have also thought of writers who have passed but left their mark for generations to come. Today, I’ll share the names of some of my favorite authors who are no longer with us. Perhaps, you may already know of ‘em. If not, use this time to embark on a discovery of a new writer or genre!

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Octavia E. Butler

Ms. Butler, an African-American science fiction writer and multiple recipient of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, passed away in 2006. After reading her book Wild Seed in my twenties, I knew I would endeavor to become a traditionally published author in fantasy one day! Thanks for leaving your mark on me and many other writers of color Ms. Butler.

E. Lynn Harris

I remember reading his books in my twenties as well. Mr. Harris invited readers to discover the trials and tribulations of a gay, man of color who was not ready to come out to the world. He wrote ten consecutive books—all of whom made the NYT bestsellers list. Mr. Harris was one of the best African-American, gay writers of his time. He passed away in 2009.

C.S. Lewis

After being transported to Narnia in the movie (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) and meeting the majestic Aslan, Thomas the Fawn, and the siblings for the first time, I was compelled to read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. This book is one of my favorite fantasies, and it’s a perfect example of world-building and the development of layered characters and storylines. Mr. Lewis passed in 1963.

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Judy Blume

Goodness, I was in the fourth grade when I read The Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing for the first time. After that, I was pretty obsessed with Judy Blume. She was an important part of my growth as a young reader. A few of my favorite books were Superfudge, Deenie, Forever, and Wifey (which my 8th-grade friends and I read in secret, LOL!). Ms. Blume is alive and kicking at 83 years young, but I’ll never forget her books from my youth.

Do you have a favorite book from a writer that’s no longer with us or whose book was written long ago? How did he/she affect you as a reader, a writer, or both? I invite you to share!

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Ibukun! Blessings!