ST. LOUIS (AP) – Patricia C. McKissack, a prolific author of children’s books on African-American history, folklore and stories, has died. She was 72.
McKissack, of the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, collapsed Friday at a restaurant where she was having dinner with the eldest of her three sons, Fredrick McKissack Jr. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports she was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead of cardio-respiratory arrest.
McKissack and her husband, Fredrick McKissack, published more than 100 books.
“The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural,” won her a Newbery Honor and the King Author Award in 1993. That same year, she and her husband also won a Coretta Scott King Honor for “Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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