Salida resident and author Kent Haruf, 71, died peacefully at his home Sunday, November 30.
Although Haruf was known worldwide for his bestselling novels, in Salida he was mostly a beloved friend and mentor to many.
His passing came after a long illness. In recent months, he was a hospice patient – an organization that he supported for many years.
Haruf had just completed his last novel, “Our Souls at Night,” which will be published next year.
His novels have been described as quiet and moving and have been nominated for numerous national and international awards. When “Plainsong” was nominated as a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999, the committee stated “From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace – a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport and lift the reader off the ground.”
Prior to moving to Salida in December 2000, Haruf spent 30 years teaching English and writing.
Authorlink did a phone interview with Kent for its February 1, 2014 edition for his book, BENEDICTION, A QUIET SALUTE TO ENDINGS.