ChiSeries T.O., October 16: Blake Hausladen, Michael Rowe, Deanna Sjolander

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. Ukulele virtuosity by Kari Maaren!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM

ROUND venue
152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5 (map)

RSVP here!

NOTE that the Round Venue is not currently accessible–it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

Authors reading:

Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora Award-nominated author of Graveyard Mind (ChiZine Publications) and the Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books). His short fiction has appeared recently in Earth: Giants, Golems, & Gargoyles, Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins, and Abyss & Apex. He lives and writes in Winnipeg, Canada, spinning sagas set in the wild spaces of Canada’s western wilderness where surely monsters must exist.

Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake Hausladen has thrived for over two decades in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. After gradate school and a seven year run as Chief Compliance Officer for a Chicago-based hedge fund, Blake was a founding member of two high-tech startup firms that specialized in the surveillance and investigation of electronic communication and trade order records for leading banks and energy trading firms. He can most easily be found at literary conventions, hand-selling hardcovers to strangers, hosting writing workshops and Beer and Books parties. He currently solves financial crimes in Chicago during the day and gives life to wild fantasies during the blackest hours of night.

Michael Rowe was born in Ottawa, and has lived in Beirut, Havana, and Paris. He is the author of the novels Enter, Night (2011), Wild Fell (2013), and October (2019), all from ChiZine Publications. A French edition of Wild Fell was published by Editions Bragelonne in Paris in 2016. An award-winning journalist and essayist, he is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Below the Belt (1995), Looking For Brothers (1999), and Other Men’s Sons (2004). He has won the Lambda Literary Award, the Queer Horror Award, and the Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He was for 17 years a first-tier correspondent for the legendary horror film magazine Fangoria, which he credits as the best job he ever had. As the creator and editor of the anthologies Queer Fear (2000) and Queer Fear 2 (2002), Clive Barker hailed him in as having “changed forever the shape of horror fiction.”

Deanna Sjolander graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has been writing and editing since. She is an active (and past) committee member for several Science-fiction/Fantasy conventions and Committee Lead/Fundraising Chair for In Your Write Mind Workshop in partnership with Seton Hill University. She does both freelance editing and voice work in her spare time. Deanna is outlining and researching several writing and podcasts projects.

Music:

KARI MAAREN is as the sparrow’s flight through the mead hall, metaphorically speaking. The author of Copper Cylinder-winning Weave a Circle Round, the composer of songs about terrible elves and problematic movie trailers, the creator of time-travel comics that are read by almost six people, Kari is nearly always trying not to mark. She probably doesn’t like your shoes.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

ChiSeries Toronto, November 20: Readings from Amazing Stories!

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi and Ira Nayman. Ukulele virtuosity by Kari Maaren!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM

ROUND venue
152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5 (map)

RSVP here!

NOTE that the Round Venue is not currently accessible–it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

Featuring authors from Amazing Stories Magazine (edited by Ira Nayman):

Jen Frankel
Sandra Kasturi
Paul Levinson
Shirley Meier
Lena Ng
Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Music:

KARI MAAREN is as the sparrow’s flight through the mead hall, metaphorically speaking. The author of Copper Cylinder-winning Weave a Circle Round, the composer of songs about terrible elves and problematic movie trailers, the creator of time-travel comics that are read by almost six people, Kari is nearly always trying not to mark. She probably doesn’t like your shoes.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

ChiSeries Toronto, September 18: feat. Beckett, Byenkya, Dalpe, Villegas

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. Ukulele virtuosity by Kari Maaren!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM
ROUND venue
152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5 (map)

RSVP here!

NOTE that the Round Venue is not currently accessible–it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

Authors reading:

Toronto author and editor Lex Beckett frittered their misbegotten youth working as an actor and theater technician in Southern Alberta before deciding to make a shift into writing science fiction. Their first novella, “Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling,” appeared in the July/August issue of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 2018, and takes place in the same universe as their brand new novel, Gamechanger. Lex identifies as feminist, lesbian, genderqueer, married, and Slytherin, and can be found on Twitter at @LXBeckett or at the Lexicon, at lxbeckett.com.

Mugabi Byenkya is a writer, poet and occasional rapper. He was born in Nigeria, to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays and poetry have been published in The Good Men Project, Amethyst Magazine, African Writer, Arts and Africa and The Kalahari Review, among others. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda, Africa In Dialogue and Brittle Paper, among other media outlets. Mugabi’s writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut experimental epistolary speculative magical realist novel, Dear Philomena, was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 42 city, 4 country North America/East Africa tour in support of this. In 2018, Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage in the 56 years since independence by Writivism. Dear Philomena was named a Ugandan bestseller in the same year. Mugabi wants to be Jaden Smith when he grows up.

Victoria Dalpe is an artist and writer based out of Providence, RI. Her dark short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and her novel Parasite Life came out in 2018 through ChiZine Publications. She is a member of the HWA and the New England Horror Writers. Currently, Victoria is co-editing the Necronomicon 2019 Memento Book with Justin Steele.

Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry (Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes, and The Human Cannonball). Her book of ghost stories, The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, came out with ChiZine Publications. She received Honourable Mention for two of her stories in The Year’s Best Horror edited by Ellen Datlow. She is the co-editor of the anthologies Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2012 and In the Dark: Tales of the Supernatural. Her genre work has appeared in many anthologies including Cli-Fi: Canadian Tales of Climate Change, Chilling Tales 2, The White Collar Anthology, Bad Seed, Incubus, Girls Who Bite Back and Mammoth Best New Horror, 25th anniversary edition. In 2017 she won the $10,000.00 Carter Vanderbilt Cooper emerging writer prize for her story “Road Kill.” The story is included in the CVC 7 anthology (Exile Editions 2017) and was reprinted in the most recent edition of ELQ (May 2018). Her most recent publications are a non-fiction piece, “The Charm of the Old-fashioned Ghost Story” and her short story “A Mother’s Love is Never Ending,” both in issues of Nightmare Magazine.

Music:

KARI MAAREN is as the sparrow’s flight through the mead hall, metaphorically speaking. The author of Copper Cylinder-winning Weave a Circle Round, the composer of songs about terrible elves and problematic movie trailers, the creator of time-travel comics that are read by almost six people, Kari is nearly always trying not to mark. She probably doesn’t like your shoes.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

Chiaroscuro Reading Series in Toronto – Wednesday, July 17!

Don’t miss The Chiaroscuro Reading Series at its Toronto location, ROUND venue, on Wednesday, July 17th!

With readings by Caitlin LauraSu J Sokol, and Una Cassandra Verdandi! And music as always by the astonishing Kari Maaren! Join us for a hot summer evening. Wear flowy clothes and drink cocktails while listening to some great genre authors!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, starting at 8 pm
ROUND venue
152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5 (map)

RSVP for the event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/484898212320611/

June 26 – ChiSeries Windsor: Koja, Laforet, Johnston!

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series returns to Windsor with a night of readings, music and mayhem! (Alright, maybe not mayhem, but we thought it best to add it in. Sort of like a disclaimer.)

WHEN: June 26, 2019, 8-10 p.m.

WHERE: Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave W, Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4

With readings from:

Kathe Koja!
Christian Laforet!
Timothy S. Johnston!

As well as live music from George Manury!

The evening will be hosted by hotshot writer, Ben Van Dongen!

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

And as always, Phog Lounge will be more than happy to wet your whistle.

Be there or be square!

ABOUT THE CHIAROSCURO READING SERIES
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres once a month in Toronto, and quarterly in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Windsor, Peterborough and Guelph. We bring you writers of fiction and poetry in science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, folklore & fairy tale. We also conduct workshops related to genre fiction and publishing.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

Spring Launchy Launch, May 8 – NEW VENUE!

You’re coming to our Spring Launchy Launch event on May 8, right? The one featuring awesome readings from Troy Harkin, Brent Hayward, Brian Hodge, Courtney Løberg, Dave Silverberg, and Kate Story, right? (Remember to RSVP on our Facebook event page to let us know you’re coming!)

Well, update your calendar – we’re moving to a new venue!

You’ll have to change your plans only slightly – the event is moving to the Handlebar, just across the street. Here are the deets:

Spring Launchy Launch
7 pm on Wednesday, May 8
Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave., Toronto (map)

Can’t get much simpler than that – the Handlebar is just a hop, skip, and stumble away from our original venue.

See you there!

April 17 – ChiSeries Toronto: Harkin, Parisien, Richardson, Silverberg!

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, the third Wednesday of every month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. Ukelele by Kari Maaren.

April 17, 8:00 p.m.

Round Venue, 152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5T 2L5

It’s National Poetry Month! And to celebrate, we have a great line-up of four poets with new books!

  • Troy Harkin‘s first poetry book, Casting Shadows is out this April from KQP/ ChiZine Publications.
  • Dominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. He is the author of the chapbook We, Old Young Ones (Frog Hollow Press) and his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Riddle Fence, Arc Poetry Magazine, and various other journals. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Mythic Dream, Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.
  • Sarah Pinsker‘s fiction has won the Nebula & Sturgeon Awards, and she has been a finalist for the Hugo and other awards. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (Small Beer Press) comes out March 19, 2019, and her first novel, Song For A New Day (Berkley), will be published in September 2019. She grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Dave Silverberg‘s new book of poetry As Close to the Edge Without Going Over will be published by KQP/ChiZine in 2019, his first collection of sci-fi and speculative poetry. David is a poet, theatre artist, journalist, editor, event organizer and producer. He is the artistic director and founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, and was the director of two Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word in Toronto. He edited the Canadian spoken word anthology Mic Check (Quattro Books) and has performed his spoken word poetry across the world, including Vancouver, Montreal, London (UK) and Paris. His first solo theatre show Jewnique debuted in May 2018. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Vice, Broken Pencil, Quill & Quire, NOW Magazine and many more.

 

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

Note that the Round Venue is not currently accessible – it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

Chizine Publications Spring Launchy Launch! May 8, 2019

The launchiest spring launch ever! Join us for ChiZine’s annual event as we celebrate our spring titles! Including imprints KQP, ChiGraphic and ChiTeen!

Note the venue change!

Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 8, at Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave., Toronto (map) – a fully accessible location

Food & drink: Nibblies provided, possibly some free cocktails…
Cost: free to attend!
Guests: please invite anyone you like!
Child friendly: Er, probably not. Even if just because of certain people’s potty mouths.

This event features:

Casting Shadows by Troy Harkin
Broken Sun, Broken Moon by Brent Hayward
Skidding Into Oblivion by Brian Hodge
My Favourite Girl that I Never See by Courtney Løberg
As Close to the Edge Without Going Over by Dave Silverberg
Antilla: Seer and Sacrifice by Kate Story

See you there!

ChiSeries Peterborough, March 19: the Ottawa Invasion!

Join us for The Chiaroscuro Reading Series, Peterborough Branch for quarterly readings of SF, Fantasy and Horror! Hosted by Sandra Kasturi.

This month we’re getting an invasion of Ottawa writers! With Kate Heartfield, Derek Künsken, and Matt Moore.

Location:
The Garnet
231 Hunter St W
Peterborough, ON K9H 2L1

Free to attend (pass the hat for donations).

The ChiSeries Peterborough is sponsored in part by the Ontario Arts Council and ChiZine Publications, as well as by donations from attendees.

Chiseries Toronto, February 20: Toronto 2033 vs You Ess Eh!

Celebrating SPACING Magazine‘s special “Toronto 2033” issue, edited by Jim Munroe, with contributors Madeline Ashby, Kristyn Dunnion and Elyse Friedman reading. Plus special guest Brian Kirk from south of the border! We can throw some health care at him!

Location:
Round Venue
152 Augusta Ave.
Toronto, ON M5T 2L5

MADELINE ASHBY is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She is represented by CookeMcDermid and UTA. She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, Changeist, and others. Her essays have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, MISC Magazine, and FutureNow. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty novels. Her novel Company Town was a Canada Reads finalist.

KRISTYN DUNNION’s powerful Tarry This Night (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017) is set during a new American war, about a polygamous cult leader and his followers. The Dirt Chronicles (2011), a queer punk kick in the pants, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and ALA Over the Rainbow Selection. Recent short fiction appears in many fine journals. A provocative performance artist and heavy metal bassist, Dunnion is also a committed arts educator to at-risk youth in Toronto.

ELYSE FRIEDMAN is a Toronto-based author and screenwriter. Her writing has been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, The Toronto Book Award, the Relit Award and numerous National Magazine Awards. Elyse’s short fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology, and her story, The Soother, won the Gold National Magazine Award for fiction. She has written two feature films, one of which premiered at TIFF, the other at the Sundance Film Festival.

BRIAN KIRK is an author of psychological horror. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. And his short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies alongside several New York Times best selling authors. His latest novel, Will Haunt You, has been called one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2019, although reading it comes with a dire warning. Connect with him through his website at briankirkfiction.com. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.