Frank McCourt‘s passing is a loss to us all–to his family, his many students and readers all over the world. Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man are some of my favorite books in print and audio, read by the mesmerizing author. He was a bright spirit. I was privileged to meet him at the Maui Writers Conference.

(I had a fake tattoo and a real sunburn. Frank was gracious to his fangirl.)

Frank’s younger brother Malachy is a fine friend who spent a memorable week here a couple of years back. Cheers to Malachy and the family! And Godspeed to Frank.

“Happiness is hard to recall. It is just a glow.” –Frank McCourt