Wednesday, June 30, 2010
To recognize July 1st as Canada Day, we'd like to recommend a couple of our favorite Canadian authors.
Louise Penny has this amazing mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. Still Life is the first novel and it is set in a sleepy small town near the edge of the Vermont/Quebec border. The latest in the series - Bury Your Dead - comes out this September.
Tanya Huff is known for both her science fiction and fantasy work - memorable, strong characters making the most of the 'interesting' situations in which they find themselves. Her most recent release (Enchantment Emporium) features a young historian from the powerful Gale family taking over her missing grandmother's junk shop in Calgary - only to find that the Fey seem to be worryingly involved in the business and the disappearance. Some of you may remember the TV series Blood Ties, based on her characters in the Blood Books.
Who is YOUR favorite Canadian Author?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
June 23rd has been designated Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day. We are celebrating by ordering more vampire books from authors we didn't know DID vampires; selling some very cool SF and Fantasy --- and above ALL, reading. Lots of reading.
I wonder if Mary Shelley realised what she started when she published Frankenstein?
Friday, June 18, 2010
Nobel Prize-winning Jose Saramago, author of Blindness and a host of other novels, passed away today in his home in the Canary Islands. Aged 87, his Portugese publisher, Zeferino Coelho, mentioned that Saramago had suffered a recent illness and his condition had deteriorated. His work was known for its combination of surrealism and humanism.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with Spider Robinson and his family as they mourn the passing of Spider's wife and collaborator, Jeanne. If you were reading science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s, you will remember Jeanne Robinson as the co-author of the Stardance books. Stardance marked the first time I read such a clear description of how modern dance might evolve in zero-gravity...it was a uniquely amazing setting. It also won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards.
We'll miss your bright star, Jeanne,