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Friday, December 22, 2023

'Touching the heart of the world'


“Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” – Charles de Lint
Born in The Netherlands on this date in 1951, de Lint emigrated to Canada with his family that same year.    Multi-talented and multi-faceted, he has published many dozens of books plus numerous novellas, short stories, works of poetry, and song lyrics.  Among his works are the best-selling The Newford Series (Dreams Underfoot, Widdershins, The Blue Girl, The Onion Girl, Moonlight and Vines, and Someplace to be Flying), and stand-alone novels like Moonheart, The Mystery of Grace, and A Circle of Cats. 
Also a noted essayist, critic and folklorist he frequently writes book reviews for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and has served as a judge for the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Bram Stoker Award.  

A frequent lecturer and teacher at creative writing workshops in both Canada and the U.S., he and his wife Mary Ann Harris have produced several musical albums (he plays several different instruments).  And, he maintains a wonderful exuberance about his writing.

“Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning,” de Lint said.
“I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.”              

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