I just heard that the author of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, has died. He's considered by many to be the father of African literature, and a great writer like him will certainly be missed. I first read Things Fall Apart in high school, and I remember really liking it. I'm pretty sure it was the first book I read that was written by an African writer. He also has some really good essays that are worth reading. For those of you who haven't read anything by him, I highly recommend starting with Things Fall Apart.