Author and LGBT activist Nancy Garden, most widely known for her groundbreaking YA novel Annie on My Mind died on June 23 of a heart attack. She was 76.
The ALA Margaret A. Edwards Award recognizes one writer and a particular body of work "for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Garden won the annual award in 2003, when the panel cited Annie on My Mind alone and called her "the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending ... Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves."
"2003 Margaret A. Edwards Award Winner", American Library Association, March 15, 2007.
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/bookawards/margaretaedwards/maeprevious/2003nancygarden (Accessed July 19, 2014)
Author Walter Dean Myers, lauded for his vivid portrayals of the lives of African American children, died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.
His impressive body of work includes two Newbery Honor Books, three National Book Award Finalists, and six Coretta Scott King Award/Honor-winning books. He was the winner of the first-ever Michael L. Printz Award, the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.