Among the famous and semi-famous writers who died in 2009 were:
Philip Jose Farmer
John Hope Franklin
E. Lynn Harris
Norma Fox Mazer
William G. Tapply
Legendary U.S. publisher Alfred Knopf also died this past year.
You can Google (or Bing) these names to find their obituaries, and you can find these writers’ works at most libraries.
List compiled from varied online sources