It is with a sad and heavy heart that I share this news with you, but I feel compelled to do so. I received an email yesterday letting me know that Anna Marie Catoir, from Anna Marie’s Corner passed away on December 25th at the age of 32.
Anna was diagnosed with lymphoma several months ago.
I did not personally know Anna other than through our conversations through the Monday What Are You Reading meme and the comments on my blog. I knew she was a manager at Barnes and Noble.
One comment I remember was on a post I did called Book Bloggers Unite and it was during banned book week while I was selecting what books to read that Anna Marie said this:
If your dance card isn’t full and you haven’t read it already, why not try the recently banned The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Here is the story from Sept. 9th. http://www.semissourian.com/story/1663154.html I’ve read this tile and really enjoyed it.
And you know what? I did read that book and Anna Marie was right – I loved it.
In many ways this is a hard post for me to write and I really had to think about what I would, or should say. After sitting on this news for 24 hours my heart says that Anna Marie was part of our community and rather than seeing a blog go silent and wonder why… we can know who she was and share in this loss.
I will miss her comments and conversations, and popping over to see what she is reading. To her family and friends I give my deepest sympathies.