August 1934-March 2011
The world of fantasy lost one of its greats today. Diana Wynne Jones lost her battle to cancer at a very well lived age of 77. Author of numerous novels, including her well known Chrestomanci series, Ms. Jones has been one of 'the names' in fantasy, specifically childrens and young adult fantasy, for as long as I can remember. She's won multiple awards, including Mythopoetic Fantasy award, Locust Award, and was honored with the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement.
Even though I only was really familiar with 'Howl's Moving Castle' (thanks to Miyazaki and studio Ghibli), I always held her in high regard. Her books sounded stunning and full of the imagination I love in fantasy. She gave us some great stories in her time with us.
Thanks Ms. Jones.