Saturday, October 17, 2009

Norma Fox Mazer 1931-2009


Rather than the usual Tapjacket post this week, I want to mention the lovely Norma Fox Mazer, author, Newbery-Honor & Edgar winner, mentor to so many students at Vermont College of Fine Arts and well-loved colleague of the Writing for Children and Young Adult faculty there, who died very early this morning after a battle with brain cancer. She will be sorely missed. When I think of her, it's as if she stepped straight out of an illustration for a Beverly Cleary novel - a bit pixie-ish, with braids and freckles (were there a few freckles or was it only the impression of freckles?), a big smile, a girlish laugh, and mischief in her eyes.


Here's the cover of her last book, and I think it's a fitting one: The braid loosened. We long to see this missing person, but we have only a trace:


You can go to these pages to read a bit more about her:
Uma Krishnasami's Writing with a Broken Tusk
Through the Tollbooth
The Shelftalker blog at Publishers' Weekly

5 comments:

  1. Oh, no. I'll always remember The Dump Queen, and Taking Teri Mueller and Girlhearts and Up in Seth's Room, which was probably riskier than Judy Blume's Forever but because of the way it was written, it wasn't so reviled.

    Lots of memories there. It feels like a redwood has fallen, and left a hole in the canopy of the forest.

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  2. So very sorry to hear this. She will be sorely missed.

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  3. Sad news. She was such a talent.

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  4. Are you sure?? There's no other mention of her death anywhere I can find; sad if it's true but here's hoping it's not.

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  5. Sorry to say that we have the word from her family in Montpelier. wikipedia has already adjusted the biographical information:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_Fox_Mazer

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