Gloria Naylor, who wrote 'The Women of Brewster Place,' dies

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Gloria Naylor, whose debut novel "The Women of Brewster Place," became a bestseller, a National Book Award winner and a TV miniseries released through Oprah Winfrey's production company, has died at the age of 66.

Naylor's death was confirmed Monday to The Associated Press by Cara Reilly, an assistant at the literary agency Sterling Lord Literistic. Reilly provided no other details about Naylor's death. Fellow authors soon paid tribute on Twitter, with Terry McMillan urging her followers to "read everything Gloria Naylor has ever written" and Tayari Jones thanking her for choosing her for a literary award in 2000 and helping to launch her career.

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