As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.
Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).
Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.
Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.
Roger Ebert--noted film critic, his memoir Life Itself was very popular.
Vince Flynn--CIA operative Mitch Rapp thrillers.
Seamus Heaney--Irish poet.
E.L. Konigsburg--author of the children's classics From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday.
Richard Matheson--author of horror and science fiction, including I Am Legend.
Michael Palmer--doctor and author of medical thrillers.
Barbara Park--author of the Junie B. Jones series for children.
Ned Vizzini--author of young adult fiction, including It's Kind of a Funny Story.
Bernard Waber--creator of the children's book character Lyle, Lyle Crocodile.