Ken Mitchell is a well-known Canadian playwright, actor and novelist, with over 25 books to his credit, including the legendary “country opera” Cruel Tears His drama about Norman Bethune,Gone the Burning Sun, toured the world in the 90s. Mitchell grew up on a family ranch near Moose Jaw, and went on to become a professor of English at the University of Regina. His most recent theatrical work, No Ordinary Cowboy, a tribute to the rodeo man Bill Gomersall, will tour Western Canada in 2007. He lives in Regina with his wife, the scholar Jeanne Shami.