Louise Penny: Former journalist and author.
Louise Penny was born in Toronto in 1958 and became a journalist and radio host with the CBC, starting in Toronto and then Thunder Bay and specializing in hard news and current affairs. From there she went to Winnipeg to produce documentaries and host the afternoon show. Her next step was to the morning show in Quebec City and an environment that gave her an opportunity to practice her French. She ended her career with the CBC as host of the noon show in Montreal. At this stage she left the radio business to write, and the result is three acclaimed mystery books set in the fictitious town of Three Pines in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her third book, “The Cruellest Month,” has just been published: another Chief Inspector Gamache book with all the same Three Pines residents that her readers have come to know and enjoy.
Louise Penny and her husband, Michael, along with their two golden retrievers, Maggie and Trudy, now make their home, a brick Loyalist house, in Sutton in the Eastern Townships. For more information, she has a very informative website.