Death of an author

I was sad to read this morning in Shelf Awareness that author Donald Harington has died.

Donald Harington died last Saturday at the age of 73 after a long illness in Fayetteville, Arkansas. All but one of his novels took place in the fictional Ozark town of Stay More. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Harington taught for many years at the University of Arkansas. His titles are available from Toby Press.

choiring of the treesI read one of his books, for the book club held at my local library, while I lived in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. That book: The Choiring of the Trees.

While I didn’t love the book, I did love its connection to that place, the Ozarks, Northwest Arkansas. When I first read it, it was actually quite disturbing, but the book has definitely stayed with me, and not in a bad way.

The local newspaper’s news article about Harington’s death. And the Harington obituary, from that same paper (he’s the second one down).

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2 responses to “Death of an author

  1. Oh, that’s sad to hear – thanks for posting the news! I’ve read only two books by Donald Harington: With and Butterfly Weed. With is amazing – a fantastic and strange journey. I strongly recommend it. I hated Butterfly Weed.

  2. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Donald Harington. To read a book with such a strong connection to the place you lived must have influenced how it has stayed with you so long.

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