Happy Monday! Thought I'd pop in and introduce you to a couple more presenters this afternoon. What say you? Time to reach into the hat again? I think so...
Man, it's hard to do this randomly. There are so many great people to tell you about. But the hat rules with an iron... ummm, maybe not. It is just a hat. But it holds the future of this blog post in its han- er, hmmm. Maybe I should get to it. Here we go!
First up today, say hello to Mary Balogh.
Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and moved to Kipling, Saskatchewan, more than forty years ago on what was supposed to be a two-year teaching contract. She stayed to marry and raise a family of three, to teach high school English and ultimately to put into practice her lifelong dream of being a novelist. She and her husband now divide their time between Kipling (summers) and Regina (winters). She has written close to 100 novels and novellas, most of which are set in 19th century Regency England and all of which are love stories. They include the New York Times bestselling SLIGHTLY, SIMPLY, and HUXTABLE series and the upcoming SURVIVORS' CLUB septet. See her web site at www.marybalogh.com
Brand new to us this year is the hat's second pick for today, Evelyn Lau.
Evelyn Lau was born in Vancouver in 1971 and is the author of five volumes of poetry, two works of non-fiction, two short story collections and a novel, with works translated into a dozen languages worldwide. She is at work on her sixth collection of poetry.
Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid, published when she was 18, was a Canadian bestseller and was made into a movie. You Are Not Who You Claim won the Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award, and Oedipal Dreams was nominated for the Governor-General's Award for poetry. Her poems have been included in Best American Poetry and Best Canadian Poetry and have received a National Magazine Award. Her most-recent collection, Living Under Plastic, won the 2011 Pat Lowther Award for best book of poetry by a woman in Canada. Evelyn is currently the Poet Laureate of Vancouver.
Stay tuned! More very soon...