Goodbye to E.L. Doctorow and Ann Rule

Two major, but very different, authors passed away recently: E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime, and true crime author Ann Rule.

Doctorow (1931-2015) wrote novels, short stories, essays, and commentary. According to the July 21 New York Times article, “Doctorow was widely lauded for the originality, versatility and audacity of his imagination.” Doctorow’s last novel was Andrew’s Brain in 2014.

Sign for E.L. Doctorow and a display of his books on a counter top in the reference area

Check out one of E.L. Doctorow’s novels from the display near the reference desk.

Rule (1931-2015) was a police officer-turned-writer of true crime books, beginning with The Stranger Beside Me in 1980, about Ted Bundy. Her writing was motivated by a need to know: “I want to know why these things happen, and so do my readers,” she said in an interview. (Read more about Rule in The Seattle Times article from July 27.)

A display of Ann Rule's books on a counter in the reference area.

Check out one of E.L. Doctorow’s novels from the display near the reference desk.

Though authors are mortal and pass away like everyone else, they live on in their books. Check out a book by one of these authors today, or request one from the library catalog.

Have you read a book by E.L. Doctorow, Ann Rule, or another author who has passed away recently? Please share by leaving a comment below.

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