Saturday, 12 March 2011

Edward Willett Named Regina Public Library Writer-In-Residence

From the press release:


Aurora Award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willett has been named writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library, Regina, Saskatchewan, for a nine-month period beginning September 1 and continuing through May 2012.

Willett is the 24th writer-in-residence since the Regina Public Library became the first public library in Canada to offer such a program, back in 1978.

The paid position will allow Willett to spend 70 percent of his time on his own writing projects and 30 percent on his writer-in-residence duties, which include meeting with local writers and conducting workshops and readings at the library and in schools.

Willett’s science fiction and fantasy novels include Marseguro, winner of the Aurora Award for Best Long-Form Work in English in 2009, and its sequel, Terra Insegura, both published by DAW Books. His latest novel is Song of the Sword, a YA fantasy, the first installment of the five-book Shards of Excalibur series, published by Lobster Press in Montreal.

Willett’s first adult fantasy novel, Magebane, will be published by DAW this fall under the pen name Lee Arthur Chane. The second book in the Shards of Excalibur series, Twist of the Blade, will also appear this fall.

Willett is also the author of numerous non-fiction books for both adults and children, covering topics as diverse as the Iran-Iraq war, the mutiny on the Bounty, and the lives of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash. Among his children’s books are biographies of J.R.R. Tolkien and Orson Scott Card, published by Enslow Publishers.
 Congratulations Mr. Willett.  You can read the interview I did with him a few years back when Terra Insegura came out here.

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