My Coleen Salley story: I went to a party she hosted at her home in New Orleans, during the ALA Annual that took place after Hurricane Katrina. Her house was out of a story, and she was lovely.
School Library Journal has information on her death. And here is some fun information about Queen Coleen.
In lieu of flowers, Coleen Salley's wish was for folks to make to either the Autism Society of Oregon, P.O. Box 396, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806. I don't usually post this type of stuff, but these are two causes important to me. Thanks to Balkin Buddies for the information.