Category Archives: Writers

Despite a wealth of honors, acclaimed Southern writer Doris Betts, 79, was anything but ‘uppity’

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Doris Betts, the celebrated Southern writer who for decades nurtured others as a creative writing professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, died Saturday at the age of 79. (This story appeared in The Raleigh News-Observer on April 24, 2012.

Despite a wealth of honors, acclaimed Southern writer Doris Betts, 79, was anything but ‘uppity’

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Doris Betts, the celebrated Southern writer who for decades nurtured others as a creative writing professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, died Saturday at the age of 79. (This story appeared in The Raleigh News-Observer on April 24, 2012.

Reading Harry Crews, you couldn’t believe you were laughing, so dark is his comedy

(Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southern writer, died in Gainesville, Fla. on March 28, 2012 at age 76. This interview by Jesse Pearson appears on VICE three years ago. Read the rest here.) Harry Crews is one of the most original

Reading Harry Crews, you couldn’t believe you were laughing, so dark is his comedy

(Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southern writer, died in Gainesville, Fla. on March 28, 2012 at age 76. This interview by Jesse Pearson appears on VICE three years ago. Read the rest here.) Harry Crews is one of the most original

Samuel Youd, aka John Christopher, was a popular British science fiction writer, especially for kids

BATH, England – British science fiction author Samuel Youd, who wrote the prescient story of environmental disaster The Death of Grass under one of his pseudonyms, John Christopher, has died. Youd passed away on 3 February, his agent said on

Samuel Youd, aka John Christopher, was a popular British science fiction writer, especially for kids

BATH, England – British science fiction author Samuel Youd, who wrote the prescient story of environmental disaster The Death of Grass under one of his pseudonyms, John Christopher, has died. Youd passed away on 3 February, his agent said on

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ cousin John Davis, 82, penned ‘inside’ books about the Bouviers

NEW YORK – John H. Davis, a prolific chronicler of prominent American families including the Kennedys, the Guggenheims, the Gambinos and the family he shared with his cousin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — the Bouviers of New York and East Hampton

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ cousin John Davis, 82, penned ‘inside’ books about the Bouviers

NEW YORK – John H. Davis, a prolific chronicler of prominent American families including the Kennedys, the Guggenheims, the Gambinos and the family he shared with his cousin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis — the Bouviers of New York and East Hampton

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Margaret Runyan Castaneda, 90, debunked much of husband/author Carlos Castaneda’s mysticism

(From The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 31, 2012.) GLENDALE, Ariz. – They were an unlikely couple, the Latin American immigrant and the West Virginia divorcee whose paths crossed in mid-1950s Los Angeles. But, by Margaret Runyan Castaneda’s account, she

Richard Ketchum, dead at 89, traded Manhattan for Vermont, co-founded Country Journal magazine

SHELBURNE, Vt. – Richard M. Ketchum, an author and editor who co-founded Country Journal, a magazine that offered a blend of the bucolic and the practical, particularly to city folk who had opted for the rural life, died on Jan.

Richard Ketchum, dead at 89, traded Manhattan for Vermont, co-founded Country Journal magazine

SHELBURNE, Vt. – Richard M. Ketchum, an author and editor who co-founded Country Journal, a magazine that offered a blend of the bucolic and the practical, particularly to city folk who had opted for the rural life, died on Jan.

Co-author of influential ‘The Mother’s Almanac,’ Elia Parsons was no expert – just a mom

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Elia S. Parsons wasn’t a doctor, a professor or, at first glance, an expert of any sort. She was a Capitol Hill mom — just the sort of woman to help write “The Mother’s Almanac,” a homespun

Co-author of influential ‘The Mother’s Almanac,’ Elia Parsons was no expert – just a mom

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Elia S. Parsons wasn’t a doctor, a professor or, at first glance, an expert of any sort. She was a Capitol Hill mom — just the sort of woman to help write “The Mother’s Almanac,” a homespun