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News item about my Freedom to Read Week visit to Weyburn

It's not, alas, from the Weyburn Review, the newspaper I used to edit: instead it's from Weyburn This Week. The interview was conducted before I made my appearance at the Weyburn Public Library last week for Freedom to Read Week, but didn't appear until after...and while I appreciate the coverage, it'd have been nice to have it appear beforehand to boost the rather anemic attendance. You can read the whole thing here, but here's an excerpt. All I'll say about the photo above is that I obviously should have combed my hair. Willett spent a great deal of time at the Weyburn Public Library as a child, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:14, March 7th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing |

TSR, Gygax, D&D & me

TSR. Gygax. The names may mean nothing to you, but to me, they were once words of power, for TSR (Tactical Studies Rules Inc.) published Dungeon & Dragons...and Gary Gygax, who cofounded the company in 1973 with childhood friend Don Kaye, created that seminal fantasy role-playing game, along with Dave Arneson. Now comes news that Luke Gygax and E. Gary Gygax Jr, sons of Gary Gygax, are relaunching TSR Games: a new company with the old trademark, which they purchased after it was abandoned by D&D owner Wizards of the Coast (itself owned by Hasbro) about nine years ago. They’re also launching a new gaming publication, Gygax Magazine. Why do TSR ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:58, December 6th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing |

Photo of the (Yester)Day: Me, Singing

Yesterday we travelled down to Weyburn for the 50-40 celebration, marking the 50th anniversary of the move of Western Christian College from Radville to Weyburn, and the 40th anniversary of the construction of the Weyburn Church of Christ's current building. That building was brand-new when my parents moved our family to Weyburn for my father to begin teaching and conducting the chorus at WCC, so this was also the 40th anniversary (though no one mentioned it) of our arrival in Canada.A couple of hundred people turned out, and last night, at the Weyburn Comprehensive School, we enjoyed a roast beef dinner, an auction of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:50, July 29th, 2007 under Blog |

The shocking truth about the slush pile…

...is revealed by one buried beneath it:It was my first job out of university: I was bright-eyed and idealistic and imagined that I might become some kind of beneficent tweedy sprite, conveying the writing of unknown literary artistes to the masses. By the time I left my job in publishing a few weeks ago, my idealism was in tatters, destroyed by the piles of typescripts I received from people who told me that their fondest desire was to write full time while sitting in a villa overlooking the Mediteranian, despite the fact that they didn't know how to spell it.Of course, the "shocking truth" is that most of the stuff that rolls in unsolicited to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:33, May 24th, 2007 under Blog |