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Spring issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina now online

The Spring 2010 issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina, the local magazine I edit, is now online. There are always things you can improve, especially in a magazine that's more than 200 pages, but I think it's our best one yet. On the cover of this one: Paul and Carol Hill. Paul Hill's company, which is over a century old, has been an integral part of Regina's development from the beginning, when his grandfather and an associate sold the government the land on which the Legislative Building now sits. Interestingly, I portrayed Saskatchewan's first premiere, Walter Scott, at centennial events for the Hill Companies in both ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:53, April 9th, 2010 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Mike and Karla Sillinger have been everywhere…but Regina is home

The Spring 2010 issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina, for which I'm the editor, is just around the corner. In honour of that, here's my cover story from the Winter issue, which featured former NHL player Mike Sillinger. *** Mike Sillinger holds the National Hockey League record for playing with the most teams—12 in all. He was traded nine times, another record. All of which means that in 17 years as a professional hockey player, he moved around—a lot. In fact, the list of teams he played for after being drafted from the Regina Pats by the Detroit Red Wings back in 1990 sounds like that old Geoff Mack song, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:53, March 7th, 2010 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Winter issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina is out!

The Winter 2009/2010 issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina magazine is out, all 260 full-colour glossy pages of it. This is the second issue I've edited, and I also wrote several articles for it, including the cover story, an interview with just-retired NHL player Mike Sillinger, a Regina native who's now moved back to the city with his family. As I did with the Premier Brad Wall interview from the last issue, I'll post that to my blog once we're getting close to the next issue. Also included in this issue: the first ever wine column by my wife and I, called "The Willetts ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:56, December 16th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

First issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina edited by me!

I know, I know, I've got a million things to blog about and I will get to them (Banff, PureSpec, the state of Magebane, First Sentences I Wrote Today, etc.). But for now, this will have to do: it's the cover for the first issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina that I edited. I just saw it in print today. I also wrote the cover story, an interview with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that I'll probably post on here after the magazine has been out for a while. Already working toward the next one...and still looking for writers. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:39, October 6th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Rob Fuller: from globetrotting chef to Regina restauranteur

As I've mentioned, I'm the new editor for Fine Lifestyle Regina magazine; but before I took on that job, I wrote two pieces as a freelancer for their first two issues. Here's the one that appeared in the premiere Spring 2009 issue, about chef Rob Fuller... *** Regina Chef Rob Fuller didn’t exactly grow up longing to cook. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when he finished school. He considered a range of options, including the military. But “a friend of mine was having an absolute riot at culinary college,” he says, “and I wanted some of that.” And so off he went. With his ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:22, July 24th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

If an author signs in a bookstore and no one comes near, does he make a sound?

Another slow day in the bookstore signing books...just as slow as last week, alas. Which is not to say I didn't sell any on either occasion--I sold a few--but it's a bit discouraging all the same. Today I was at Book & Brier, and once again it was a beautiful day outside--warmest day of the year so far--which undoubtedly didn't help things. Even people who said they were coming didn't come. As I said (or at least Tweeted) last week, sometimes you feel like book-writing is a communicable disease, on the level of swine flu, or something, and so people are afraid to get too close. (Considering how many ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:07, May 30th, 2009 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Municipal Heritage Award for Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw

I'm pleased to announce that thanks to my book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press), I've been awarded a Municipal Heritage Award by the City of Regina. (I posted about it being nominated back in November.)The award was presented tonight at the beginning of the City Council meeting by Mayor Pat Fiacco and Councillor Fred Clipsham; in the photo, Clipsham is on the left and the Mayor on the right. That'd be me in the middle, and I've also posted a close-up of the award down below.The award ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:02, February 23rd, 2009 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Things I Found in my Mother-in-Law’s House: The Medicine Cabinet

Notes for today's CBC radio spot...***It’s a bit of a cliché: the guest who can’t resist poking through his host’s medicine cabinet, just to see what’s in there.Well, Ed Willett isn’t a guest in his own home but he sometimes feels like it, because it’s full of odds and ends that have collected over the 70 years it’s been in his wife’s family.Ed has been exploring the nooks and crannies of his mother-in-law’s house for the past few week, and this week he did, indeed, dig into the medicine cabinet. I joined him earlier today to see what he’s found.That’s quite the collection of bottles, tins and boxes you’ve got ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:30, October 15th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

My new book is out!

No, not Terra Insegura--I haven't even done the revisions on that yet. I'm talking about my newest nonfiction book, Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw, published by Red Deer Press. I saw a bunch of them on sale in the Smith Books in the Cornwall Centre here in Regina today. I haven't receieved any author copies yet, so I confess I bought one myself--kind of a waste of money, I suppose, but I couldn't resist.We've got a book launch scheduled for the Book & Brier Patch here in Regina on Saturday, September 27, at 2 p.m., and I think there'll also ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:30, August 28th, 2008 under Blog | 1 Comment »

Photo of the (Yester)Day: Canada Day at the Lieutenant-Governor’s Garden Party, Government House, Regina

More photos here.

Posted by Edward Willett at 4:44, July 3rd, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »