Jamaican born novelist Anthony C. Winkler has passed.
Winkler died peacefully at his home in Dunwoody, Georgia on September 18, 2015. He is survived by his wife Cathy, daughter Becky, son Adam and his wife of three weeks, Amy. He was 73.
Anthony C. Winkler was born in Kingston, Jamaica on February 25, 1942. In 1962, he migrated to California in the United States, where he attended the California State University from which he graduated with a B.A. in English 1967 and a M.A. in English in 1968.
He briefly taught at the Pasadena City College, then joined a firm of college textbook publishers who influenced him to begin writing. He became a full-time writer in 1975 and returned briefly to Jamaica where he married his wife Cathy. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the United States, where he established himself as a writer of textbooks. He became a full-time freelance writer in 1976.
His first book of fiction, The Painted Canoe took him several years to write and over 10 years to get it published. After many rejections, Kingston Publishers finally published it in 1984. The book was a success both in Jamaica and the United States.
Winkler was best known for his 1987 novel, The Lunatic, which earned him a spot on the best seller list and was later on screen as an Island Pictures Film.
In 1993 he was also listed as one of the screen writers for Cool Runnings. Winkler has among his popular works, nine novels, three non-fiction publications and a host of textbook contributions. In addition to The Lunatic and Cool Runnings he also was a screenwriter for the Annihilation of Fish (1999).
o-access JAMAICA sends condolences to the family and close friends, he will be missed by the literary community.
Walk Good Anthony C. Winkler.