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Charles de Lint is widely credited with having pioneered the contemporary fantasy genre. With 35 novels and 18 books of short fiction published to date, he is known as a master in his field.
His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace, is a love story, a ghost story, a supernatural mystery and, above all, a heart-wrenching tale of passion and faith. It has been nominated for two major Canadian book awards (the Sunburst and the Evergreen).
While most of de Lint's fiction has been written for adults, he's also penned several books for young people. His latest young adult novel, The Painted Boy, was released by Viking Books as their lead title in November 2010. Two books for middle-grade readers (as yet unscheduled) will be published by Little, Brown and Company. He is currently writing a young adult novel for Penguin Canada.
De Lint has won many awards and honours for his fiction, including the World Fantasy Award and the Canadian SF/Fantasy Award (the Aurora). Eight of his books appear on the Modern Library Top 100 Books of the Twentieth Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers.
His non-fiction has included book reviews, critical essays, music reviews, opinion columns and entries to encyclopedias. He is the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He's also been a judge for several prominent awards, including the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Bram Stoker Award.
De Lint has taught creative writing workshops in Canada and the United States, and served as Writer-in-residence for two public libraries in Ottawa.
A professional musician for many years, he writes original songs and performs with his wife, MaryAnn Harris. His main instruments are guitar, flute, fiddle, whistles and vocals, while MaryAnn's are mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion.
In 2011, Charles released an album, titled Old Blue Truck, featuring ten original songs from folk-rock to psychobilly to heartbreaking ballads. Every song evokes a distinct reaction: a sense of the familiar, a touch of nostalgia, compassion or mystery. And always a greater appreciation for life.
John Clute |
Encyclopedist Guest of Honour
From 1956 until 1964 John Clute lived in the USA. Since 1968 he has lived primarily in London. Much of his time since 1975 has been given to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1979; second edition 1993; online edition 2011) with Peter Nicholls and latterly David Langford. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction won a Hugo in 2012. He also did The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) with John Grant which won the World Fantasy Award.
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