Former New York school teacher - by way of a terrible childhood in Limerick, Ireland - Frank McCourt died Sunday in Manhattan. Read the New York Times obituary here.
Book lovers in South Florida were lucky enough to see McCourt, also author of the memoirs 'Tis and Teacher Man, more than once at recent book fairs. A few years back, McCourt kicked off the fair talking about Teacher Man; last fall, in one of the fair's best pairings, he made an appearance with Dave Barry (who joked that it was unfair that McCourt had had so much misery to write about and that the worst thing that ever happened to him growing up was when the TV reception went out). McCourt also played with the Rock Bottom Remainders, even though Barry claimed he didn't know the words to Danny Boy.
We'll miss you, Teacher Man.