It’s with a heavy heart that we say the Nobel Prize winning author, Nadine Gordime, died at the age of 90 on Sunday. According to the reports she died in her sleep with her daughter Oriane and son Hugo beside her in her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. “She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people, and its ongoing struggle to realize its new democracy,” the family said. Much of her writing, which consisted of 15 novels and volumes of short stories and nonfiction, was focused on issues within South Africa, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Her unyielding stance to change brought about much controversy, to the point that works such as Burger’s Daughter and July’s People were banned when initially published. She was a great writer, a great activist, and most of all a great human being. She will be missed.