Thanks to the swiftness of self publishing, Kārlis lived to see the first two books in the series he inspired. 

Kārlis Smiltens, Jurmula, Latvia, 1992

Kārlis Smiltens finished his life on February 10, at age 94. 

Nothing I could write will touch his stalwart character, wry humor, sheer talent, humble spirit or minimalist aesthetic. 

I’m honored that he welcomed me as family and collaborated in my writing, though he was sure no one would be interested in reading about him.
                                                                                    - Diana Mathur