Charles de Lint
Charles de Lint is credited as having pioneered the contemporary fantasy genre. His ground-breaking 1984 urban fantasy novel, Moonheart, remains in print to this day, and enjoys the privilege of being Tor's best-selling trade paperback for their Orb line.
With 65 books published to date (not including foreign editions and reprints), he has gained a reputation as a master in his field. Charles de Lint has been aptly described as a romantic, a believer in human potential.
De Lint says he hopes his stories will encourage people to "pay attention to how many special things there are in the real world." He regards his greatest artistic achievement as "the moment when a reader tells me that something I've written has inspired them to go out and create something of their own. Or that the story has helped them through a difficult time or prompted them to help others."
De Lint's dedicated readership gave him the singular honor of having eight books chosen for the reader-selected Modern Library Top 100 Books of the Twentieth Century poll, conducted online by Random House. His latest novel, Widdershins, placed first on Amazon.com's Editors' Picks—Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2006. He's been a finalist 17 times over for the World Fantasy Award, and won in October 2000 for his short story collection Moonlight and Vines. These stories (and most of his recent novels) are set in de Lint's acclaimed fictional city Newford.
De Lint has garnered several other awards and honours for his fiction, including the 1984 William L. Crawford Award for Best New Fantasy Author (International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts) for his novel Moonheart; and the 1988 Canadian SF/Fantasy Award, the Aurora, for his novel Jack the Giant-Killer/
While most of de Lint's fiction has been aimed toward adults, he's also written prize-winning books for young people. His novel The Blue Girl (2004) won both the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award and Michigan's Great Lakes Great Books Award (for grades 9-12). The Blue Girl was also named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, and is currently a finalist for Arizona's Grand Canyon Reader Award (teen category), to be announced in 2008.
Waifs and Strays, a young adult collection published by Viking, was named one of the Top 10 YA Fantasy Books of 2002 by Booklist (American Library Association) and was also a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
His novella Seven Wild Sisters, illustrated by acclaimed artist Charles Vess, received a 2003 YALSA Award in the Best Book for Young Adults category from the American Library Association, and was also a finalist for the World Fantasy Award.
His omnibus The Jack of Kinrowan was chosen for the 2003 YALSA Popular Paperbacks list for young adults.
De Lint has also written children's literature, with A Circle of Cats, published as a full-colour picture book published by Viking in 2003, also lavishly illustrated by Charles Vess.
His non-fiction has included entries to encyclopedias, critical essays, book reviews, music reviews and opinion columns. A respected critic in his field, de Lint is currently the primary 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.
He's also been a professional musician for over 25 years, writing original songs and performing traditional and contemporary music with his wife, MaryAnn. His main instruments are flute, fiddle, whistles, vocals and guitar, while MaryAnn's are mandolin, guitar, vocals and bodhran (Irish drum).
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