After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian Staveley began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, the start of his series, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award, the Reddit Stabby for best debut, and scored a semi-finalist spot in the Goodreads Choice Awards. The second book in the trilogy, The Providence of Fire, was also a Goodreads Choice semi-finalist. He will be reading from the concluding volume of the trilogy, The Last Mortal Bond, which was released in March. Brian lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order. He can be found on twitter at @brianstaveley, Facebook at brianstaveley, and Google+ as Brian Staveley. His blog, On the Writing of Epic Fantasy, can be found at: bstaveley.wordpress.com. Staveley will appear on a panel with other authors from the League of Vermont Writers.