Diana Wynne Jones, my favorite author, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Her fans were all expecting this for quite some time, but I am still absolutely gutted over it. I can't quite comprehend the fact that I'll never get to read another new story of hers. I have been a fan of her books for more than half of my life.
Here is a lovely tribute from Neil Gaiman, who was a fan as well (and, in addition, to this, was also a friend of hers).
"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer."--E.B. White