2020-12-20 20:29:39 UTC
"The family of Olga Cossi regrets to inform all of her friends and followers that she passed away peacefully on the morning of July 28. She was 99 and 1/2 to the day and we are sure she had a date to be with her beloved Don. The 29th marked their 81st anniversary!
"Ever unique, imaginative and prolific, Olga leaves an impressive legacy of mixed works, books, poems, manuscripts and short stories. She remained a writer to the last, collaborating with friend and local illustrator, Mary Kate Fleming, in this past year to bring to print The Little Girl Called Me, a young children's book about self discovery. It will come out soon on Amazon.
"We invite anyone who shared her passion for writing to donate support in her honor at a local school or children's literacy program. One of the joys of Olga's life was to share her stories in classrooms throughout the state.
"Her works often drew on events from her long life. Robin Deer reflects the experience of raising a young fawn that her husband had rescued and brought home to take up residence with their four children and a dog in a remote farm house. Orlanda and the Contest of the Thieves wove together the experience of being robbed in Naples with elements of stories told to her as a child by her Italian father, Orlando. And one of her favorite books, Pemba Serpa, was written after hiking in the Himalyas with daughter Caren and friend Vikki and reflects the warmth and respect she felt for the local people.
"Olga felt strongly about the need to preserve and protect our precious water supplies. She wrote a non-fiction book for young people called Water Wars, and she practiced what she preached. She was still insisting on bucketing used bath water out for various uses well into her nineties.
"She loved talking to children about the joy of books, helping them understand the work and inspiration that went into them. She gave author talks in schools up and down the state and even in Germany and England on visits to daughter, Tam and her family. After the publication of Three Tales to Treasure at the age of 98, she enjoyed being taken to care homes and talking to residents about her books."
(Click on "download file" it's a brief audio of Cossi, in which she tells how adult children would rather spend a fortune on a nursing home than to make sure their mother is truly happy)
(brief audio about leaves)
(Book covers, photos - you can also see links to her audio clips about figs and the decline of apple orchards in Sebastopol)
Check out YouTube as well - there's at least one read-aloud. It's The Great Getaway, a picture book about runaways (fictional, of course).
WRITINGS (this may not be complete):
The Star and the Sixth (Christmas play)
* Robin Deer (juvenile), Naturegraph, 1967, revised edition, 1968
* Fire Mate (juvenile novel), Independence Press (Independence,
* (Contributor) Voices of the Wineland, AITA Napa Press, 1978.
* Gus the Bus (juvenile), Scholastic (New York, NY), 1989.
* Orlanda and the Contest of Thieves, Bookmakers Guild (Lakewood,
* The Wonderful, Wonder-Full Donkey, Windswept House (Mount
Desert, ME), 1989.
* The Magic Box, Pelican (Gretna, LA), 1990.
* Adventure on the Graveyard of the Wrecks, Pelican (Gretna, LA),
* The Great Getaway (juvenile), G. Stevens (Milwaukee, WI), 1991.
* Harp Seals, Carolrhoda Books (Minneapolis, MN), 1991.
* Water Wars: The Fight to Control and Conserve Nature's Most
Precious Resource, New Discovery Books (New York, NY), 1993.
* Edna Hibel: Her Life and Art, Discovery Enterprises (Lowell,
* Think Pink, Pelican (Gretna, LA), 1994.
* Pemba Sherpa, 2009
An Italian Sisterhood (biography), 2012.
Playing Your Heart Out, 2013.
3 Tales to Treasure, 2018.