Monday, 1 December 2008


Our book-blogging community lost a lovely, kind, generous, welcoming member, Dewey. I only found out a little while ago tonight.

Dewey was one of those special people whose generous nature came through her posts. She was came up with the 24 hour read-a-thons, Weekly Geeks, many giveaways, and she always welcomed anyone and everyone to the blogging community. Sooner or later she would find her way to your blog and say hello. For a better post, see Nymeth's here. They were doing this year's Christmas swap together.

Dewey's passing is making me realize how real this online community is, as real as our 'real' lives in the important ways - love, and caring, and listening, and of course, sharing in our love for books. If you read her husband's post (link is above), you will see that she had piles of books around the house. she loved reading, and sharing in anything possible that had to do with books, and she was so enthusiastic that she had bloggers lining up to do the read-a-thons!

Most of all, I think of her family. They loved her longest and best and most dearly, and I hope that the fact she is missed by so many people is of some comfort to them at this time.

A bright light has gone in our world, and I will miss her.


Bybee said...

Dewey was so good to me, mailing books overseas at incredible expense to herself. I've been wracking my brain all day, trying to think how we can band together in the book blog universe and keep that generosity and energy and brilliance going, but then I feel sad and futile. Your post was a lovely tribute to Dewey.

Nymeth said...

Beautiful tribute, Susan. And I feel the same way about realizing just how much my blogging friends mean to me. Which includes you, of course. Big, big hugs, my dear.

Julia Smith said...

I've just got this very sad news here from you. Thanks for letting me know and for the links to the other posts. I will miss her very much and wish her love on her journey.

Jeane said...

Your post is a wonderful tribute to her. I can't find the words to write one myself.

Becky said...

I was thinking that it might be nice for those bloggers who are Weekly Geeks to pay tribute to Dewey in the next week or so. To take the time to post to their blogs a "Weekly Geek" post about Dewey--maybe share their favorite posts from her site, maybe share a memory or two about participating in weekly geeks, the bookworms carnival, the 24 Hour Readathon, or one of Dewey's challenges, maybe just share a favorite memory of Dewey in general, what they'll miss most, how they'll remember her, etc. I'm going to try to post mine this Saturday--but bloggers anywhere and everywhere are encouraged to post whenever they want.

If you're interested please SPREAD the word to all your blogging friends.

Eva said... said it so much better than me. I wasn't at a computer yesterday, so I heard about it this afternoon, and I'm still processing.

Bogsider said...

That was beautiful. I was really shocked to hear about Dewey's passing and think the idea of a Dewey-tribute is good.