This is a list that I compiled this evening of writers, critics and others involved in the publishing world who passed away in 2007. Sadly, it is probably far from complete so if you know of any I've missed pleased mention them in your comments so that I can add them to the list. Thanks.
Robert Anton Wilson, 74 - co-author of "The Illuminatus Trilogy"
Art Buchwald, 81 - author and humorist
Sidney Sheldon, 89 - author
Molly Ivins, 62 - political writer and humorist
Peter Tompkins, 87 - author of "The Secret Life of Plants"
Barbara Seranella - mystery writer
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 89 - historian
Marianne Fredriksson, 79 - much-admired Swedish author
Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, 89 - German author of "Das Boot"
Henri Troyat, 95 - prolific French author
Robert E. Petersen, 80 - magazine publisher
Michael Dibdin, 60 - author most famous for his "Aurelio Zen" mysteries
Kurt Vonnegut, 84 - author
David Halberstam, 73 - historian and journalist famous for baseball writing
Lloyd Alexander, 83 - author of children's books
Mark Harris, 84 - most famous for his baseball books like "Bang the Drum Slowly"
William Meredith, 88 - prize-winning poet
Richard Rorty - American philosopher
Nazek al-Malaika, 85 - Iraqi poet
Fred T. Saberhagen, 77 - science fiction author
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, 68 - writer of historical romances
John Graham, 80 - author of children's books
Grace Paley, 84 - short story writer and poet
Edward Seidensticker, 86 - translator of Japanese literature
Madeleine L'Engle, 88 - author most famous for "A Wrinkle in Time"
Robert Jordan, 58 - fantasy author
Peg Bracken, 89 - author of the "I Hate to Cook Book"
Norman Mailer, 84 - author and celebrity
Ira Levin, 78 - author most famous for "Rosemary's Baby"
Elizabeth Hardwick, 91 - author and critic, co-founder of The New York Review of Books