Tag: nonfiction

My first published book of 2016…

…does not involve magic, aliens, spaceships, or grand adventure, although its topic does date back to the dawn of time. But the important thing is, I got paid! It’s Becoming a Mason, for Rosen Publishing. Masons have been responsible for, quite literally, the foundations of society, erecting everything from the pyramids of Giza to the …

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Saturday Special: Careers in Outer Space

Careers in Outer Space is woefully out of date now, having come out ten years ago, but it’s notable in that it’s the first of several books I did for Rosen Publishers (I haven’t done one for a while, but I hope to do more in the future). Also, of course, it was on a …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: Orson Scott Card

I wrote two author biographies for Enslow Publishers’ Authors Teen Love series. One was on J.R.R. Tolkien, and the other on noted SF/fantasy writer Orson Scott Card. The former was easy because he was long dead and had been written about a great deal, the latter harder because he’s very much alive and hasn’t been …

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Saturday Special from the Vaults: Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

Another Enslow book, Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart tells the story of another ’60s rock star who died at age 27–within just a few weeks of Jimi Hendrix’s death. Since I also wrote biographies of Johnny Cash and Andy Warhol for Enslow, I spent several months kind of stuck in the …

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Audiobook of Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky now available

I had a nice surprise in the mail today: the audiobook version of my children’s biography of Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky. The book was published by Enslow Publishers; the audibook was created by Recorded Books. Narrator Ezra Knight does an absolutely fabulous job, not surprising considering what an accomplished actor he is. …

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My speech to the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association AGM

Here is (more or less, since I didn’t read it word for word) the speech I gave today at the Past Presidents’ Luncheon that closed off the 100th Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association: *** First, I’d like to thank you very much for asking me to be your guest speaker at …

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A writing update: one book launches, one moves toward publication, one waits in the wings

It’s been a busy week, writing-wise. My latest adult nonfiction book, with the admittedly not-very-sexy title of Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development, has now been released by the Saskatchewan Land Surveyor’s Association. The release coincides with the SLSA’s annual general meeting (at which I’ll be making a speech …

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The Nipawin Journal reports on my reading there last week…

…and I have to say it’s one of the best articles of this sort I’ve seen anywhere. Thanks to the reporter, Joel Cherry! (Oh, sure, there’s one instance of the dreaded “one-T Willett” misspelling of my last name, but if I worried over much about that very common typo I’d go crazy.) The story begins: …

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The catch-all post: recent reviews and other bits

You may have noticed that blogging pretty much dried up after WorldCon. Heavy-duty vacationing will do that to you. And now that I’m back home I’m so completely snowed under by things that need doing that blogging generally falls pretty far down the list. Heck, I’m barely managing a Tweet now and then. Still, I’ve …

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A new book to brag about: The Bounty Mutiny

I knew it was coming, but I didn’t expect it to arrive so hard on the heels of Disease-Hunting Detective: my latest children’s non-fiction book, The Bounty Mutiny: from the Court Case to the Movie, showed up Monday from Enslow Publishers. Here’s the description from the back of the book: “The Bounty was a British …

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My new book Disease-Hunting Scientist officially released!

My newest nonfiction children’s book for Enslow Publishers has now been officially released! (That’s the cover at left; at the moment, that’s the largest version of it I have.) You can order it now from Amazon.com or elsewhere. From the Enslow blog: Author Edward Willett tells the true stories of six real disease hunters in …

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