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'Strega Nona' Author Tomie dePaola Dies at 85

'Strega Nona' Author Tomie dePaola Dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, the author behind the famed Strega Nona books, has passed away.

The author passed away from a fall last week and died of complications following surgery, his literary agent, Doug Whiteman, told the Associated Press.

Tomie‘s most popular character was Strega Nona, who was born from a doodle at a dull faculty meeting at Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, where he had been a member of the theater department.

“Strega Nona: An Original Tale” came out in 1975 and nine more books featuring the grandmother followed.

RIP Tomie.

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