Happy Monday to you! Here at SiWC Central, we're settling in for a busy week. First up, of course, is Meet More Monday, a chance to introduce you to another handful of SiWC 2011 presenters. Please give a warm welcome to Patricia Young, Susan Safyan, Kathleen Ortiz, Diana Gabaldon, and Robert Dugoni.
Patricia Young has published ten collections of poetry, most recently "An Auto-erotic History of Swings" with Sono Nis Press. She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for poetry, won the B. C. Book Prize for Poetry , the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, two National Magazine Awards, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Arc Poem of the Year Prize and the inaugural Rooke-Metcalf Award for a collection of short fiction, "Airstream," published with Biblioasis Press. Recent or forthcoming publications include The Malahat Review, Queens Quarterly, The Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, Prism International, Event, the New Quarterly, Arc’s Quarc issue and Best Canadian Poetry in English. Three chapbooks are forthcoming in 2011/12 from Jackpine Press, Alfred Gustav Press and Leaf Press. She lives and writes and edits in Victoria with her husband, Terence Young. Welcome, Patricia!
Susan Safyan is associate editor at Arsenal Pulp Press, where she edits a range of literary fiction and nonfiction titles, including cultural and gender studies, LGBTQ and multicultural literature, and unusual cookbooks, craft books, and guidebooks. Among the books she's edited at Arsenal this year are Hoopla! The Art of Unexpected Embroidery; Talk-Action=0: An Illustrated History of D.O.A.; Anticipated Results (short stories), Beauty Plus Pity (a novel), and Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rise of Independent Film. Arsenal is "interested in literature that traverses uncharted territories, publishing books that challenge and stimulate and ask probing questions about the world around us." Welcome, Susan! We W
Kathleen Ortiz is an agent and subrights director at Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation. As a former online editor and interactive designer, she uses her experience in online marketing to help authors build their communities and promote themselves and their books. She says, "I look past the pages of a story and think of ways to help authors reach more readers so they can interact with the characters and their world."
As subrights director, she handle foreign, audio and digital rights for the agency. She also has an intimate list of clients, with Jaime Reed's debut YA paranormal romance, LIVING VIOLET, book one of the Cambion Chronicles, coming out by Kensington in January 2012. Welcome, Kathleen!
A long-time friend of SiWC, Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as "the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting "Scrooge McDuck" comics." The adventure began in 1991 with the classic OUTLANDER ("historical fiction with a Moebius twist"), has continued through six more New York Times-bestselling novels--DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, VOYAGER, DRUMS OF AUTUMN, THE FIERY CROSS, A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with nineteen million copies in print worldwide The series is published in 24 countries and 21 languages, and includes a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION, which provides details on the settings, background, characters, research, and writing of the novels. Gabaldon (it's pronounced "GAH-bull-dohn"—rhymes with "stone") has also written several books in a sub-series featuring Lord John Grey (a major minor character from the main series): LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER, LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, and LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS. Another Lord John book, LORD JOHN AND THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, is due to be published in 2011). Returning to her comic-book roots, she has also written a graphic novel titled THE EXILE (set within the OUTLANDER universe and featuring the main characters from OUTLANDER), but told from the viewpoint of Jamie Fraser and his godfather, Murtagh. The graphic novel is illustrated by Hoang Nguyen, and was published by Ballantine, September 21, 2010. Welcome back, Diana.
Robert Dugoni is a New York Times bestselling author of the legal/political thrillers: the upcoming Murder One (Touchstone, June 2011), Bodily Harm (Touchstone, March 2010), Wrongful Death (Simon & Schuster 2009), Damage Control (Warner Books Feb 2007) and , andThe Jury Master (Warner Books Feb. 2006). His expose, The Cyanide Canary, (Simon & Schuster 2004) - was a Washington Post 2004 Best Book of the Year Selection, and the Idaho Librarian's Association's Book of the Year. Robert is a two-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award for fiction. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times before obtaining his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He has practiced as a civil litigator in San Francisco and Seattle for nineteen years. Robert is also an accomplished speaker and teacher. He has taught the craft of writing at seminars throughout the United States including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Boston and Chicago. His seminars are noted for his extensive handouts with pertinent examples from his and other writers' work. His seminars focus on capturing and maintaining reader interest from the opening page. Welcome to SiWC 2011, Bob!