There have been some truly brilliant minds and talents that we have lost in the past year and beginning of 2015. Among the notables in 2014: Walter Dean Myers, Ruby Dee, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Sue Townsend, P.D. James, Nadine Gordimer, Maya Angelou, and Peter Matthieson.

The children’s author, Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog; also passed away in 2014. He was much beloved by fans of the Big Red Dog and Emily Elizabeth.

Terry Pratchett passed away in the beginning of 2015, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Colleen McCullough, author most famous for The Thorn Birds, passed away in January.