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carbon-based life form: thinking, reading and gardening. New College alum; current grad student writing a dissertation. I specialize in children's literature, media, and culture, and queer/gender studies, with a strong interest in 19th century British literature and culture. I like history, a lot.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

In Memoriam

i received terrible news late last week about a wonderful member of my listserv: Karen Sue Simonetti passed away.

I never met Karen Sue except through emails and the list, but i loved her sense of humor, her enthusiasm, her willingness to help with any and all requests i might have. late last fall i briefly emailed her offlist about georges perec's novel W, or the memory of childhood. i am crushed i never got the chance to have a full email discussion of it - i had been looking forward to hearing her thoughts.
She enlisted her partner from holland for dutch/flemish pronunciation help regarding a name in a novel. she signed off her emails with an ellipsis then a brief description of her current state, mood, occupation. I will miss her voice more than i can explain to myself or to others.

The Chicago Tribune obituary is here. Karen Sue's amazon.com reviews as the nonesuch librarian are here

Please consider giving to the organizations listed in the obit, or any other literacy or book-related organization you like, in Karen Sue's memory. In the meantime, or if you can't give, please make sure to spend some extra time reading good YA novels in her honor.


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