Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall books, has died at the age of 71. Here's the BBC article. I myself have never been a Redwall fan, but despite that, Jacques certainly was a huge part of my mental conception of the realm of fantasy literature for kids, and it seems sad and hard to believe that someone so There now isn't.
The next Redwall book, The Rogue Crew, will be released this May. Here's the summary from Penguin, via the Redwall Wiki:
"Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything—and everyone— in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey. From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a pack so tough, so rough, only they can defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all."