A Penny for Your Heart

Every time I talk to someone who has just met author Louise Penny for the first time, they always say the same thing: “She seems so nice.”

And every time I respond in exactly the same way: “She is so nice.”

Louise Penny (The Cruellest Month, Still Life) is extraordinarily nice. More. She’s lovely, talented, funny, brilliant. And just one of those special people who make you feel more special just knowing you’re sharing air with them.

All of this amazing niceosity comes through in Penny’s new blog, launched just a few days ago. Penny is not a huge technogressor but, in her first post, she says she has developed an affection for the form:

... I started reading other people's blogs and was charmed by them. Their simplicity, for the most part. Their willingness to gently swing open the door on their lives and allow us a glimpse inside - both physically and emotionally. Not the full-frontal exhibitionism of some reality shows, but a kind of internet slow-cooking.

I liked that.

And I’m liking the glimpse that Penny has allowed us so far. The new blog is here. I suspect I’ll be a regular visitor.


John McFetridge said…
Okay, I have to confess, when I first met Louise Penny I said, "Wow, is she ever tall." Then I said, "Wow, is she ever nice."

It was at the Arthur Ellis Awards dinner when she won for Still Life and she was so gracious. So many people wanted to talk to her after the event ended and she stayed until she'd spoken to every one.
No you are for sure correct, McFetridge: she is nice and she is tall.

(Trust you to come along and disagree with me. Whose blog is this, anyway?)

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