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.

Ottawa June Event: Ursula Pflug, L.X. Beckett & John Haas

DATE: June 5th

TIME: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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ChiSeries Ottawa welcomes L.X. Beckett and Ursula Pflug, plus Ottawa’s John Hass!

Summer is here! At least, it should be. Let’s raise a glass to the warm weather (or spit in the eye of endless, dreary spring) and listen to three great authors read from their work!

Come by early for drinks or dinner downstairs in the venue! Readings start at 7.

As always, ChiSeries is free to all—no tickets, no registration, no cover at the door.

Reader bios

Ursula Pflug‘s fiction has been appearing internationally for decades, in Lightspeed, Fantasy, Strange Horizons, Postscripts, Leviathan, LCRW, Now Magazine, Bamboo Ridge, The New York Review of Science Fiction and more. Her eight novels, short story collections and edited anthologies have been endorsed by Tim Wynne-Jones, Candas Jane Dorsey, Charles De Lint, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Jeff VanderMeer. Her work has been taught in universities in Canada and India, and she has collaborated extensively with filmmakers, playwrights, dancers and installation artists. Her latest book is the near future YA novella Mountain. Visit her on the web at ursulapflug.ca.

John Haas is a Canadian author living in Ottawa with his supportive wife, who gives him time to write and two wonderful sons, who give him motivation. His fiction appears in such places as recent anthologies UnCommon Horror & Spring into SciFi, and the upcoming 5th Spectral Book of Horror. In October 2018 his short story “Skin Deep” will be produced as a podcast by Manor House. His first novel The Reluctant Barbarian was published by Renaissance Press in 2017. The sequel The Wayward Spider will also be published by Renaissance.

Toronto author and editor L.X. Beckett writes fiction by day and then creeps out at night to beat up wayward manuscripts. Her superpowers are amplified by fine prose, strong espresso, and world-saving technologies. (They are, tragically, severely diminished by ordinary pizza.) Lex has a website at lxbeckett.com and loves to be followed on Twitter at @LXBeckett. She’s probably reading this over your shoulder right now.

Ottawa May Event: Alexandra Renwick & Kelly Robson

DATE: May 8th

TIME: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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ChiSeries Ottawa returns from its spring-slumber with Kelly Robson and Alexandra Renwick! Let’s all shake of these long winter blues and get together to welcome summer.

As always, ChiSeries is free to all—no tickets, no registration, no cover at the door.

Reader bios

Kelly Robson is an award-winning short fiction writer. In 2017, she was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novella “Waters of Versailles” won the 2016 Aurora Award and was a finalist for both the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She has also been a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award and Sunburst Award. Her book Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach debuted in March to rave reviews. After 22 years in Vancouver, she and her wife, fellow SF writer A.M. Dellamonica, now live in downtown Toronto..

Alexandra Camille Renwick was designed in Canada, built in California, and released in Texas. Under various iterations of her name she has written dozens of short stories, including award-nominated collection Push of the Sky, which got a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a selected read for the Powell’s Books SF Book Club. Her genre-elastic fiction draws from a mixed Caribbean/Scandinavian heritage and a bohemian childhood shaped by a folklore scholar, a painter, and a Norwegian grandma with a penchant for classic SF.

Resident of both US & Canada, Renwick hops between noir, SF, mythpunk, and literary fabulism somewhere between Portland, Austin, and Ottawa, where she currently resides in the historic Timberhouse.

Next Ottawa Event: Our Annual Holiday Bash

DATE: December 12th

TIME: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Before we descend into a “big cold, white, dark, dull, empty, never-ending, kill-me-now” (to borrow from Pontypool) winter, let’s have a bash!

No readings this time, but geeky vendors selling geeky gifts for your geeky loved ones:
* Bundoran Press
* Mirror Comics
* Renaissance Press
* Stone Cold Creations
* JenEric Designs
* Little Witch Press

And more!

What’s “And more!” mean? How about:
* Geek joke telling contest (rules below)
* Readings of Lost Myths by Claude Lalumière
* “Writers at the Improv” improv contest

Plus raffles and door prizes, including (with images below):
* An uncorrected and unpublished proof of Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer
* A signed and numbered boxed edition of Cuckoos Egg by C.J.Cherryh
* A bundle of anthologies from Bundoran Press: Blood and Water, Strange
Bedfellows and Second Contacts
* A bundle of first books from Bundoran Press: Right to Know (Edward Willett), Transient City (Al Onia), Breakpoint: Nereis (Alison Sinclair), Stars Like Cold Fire (Brent Nichols)
* A poster by Dominic Bercier (Mirror Comics)
* 4 kids books by Susan J. Atkinson from Little Witch Press
* Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales From Shakespeare’s Fantasy World with a story by Kate Heartfield
* A t-shirt from Renaissance Press
* DeadRoads by Robin Riopelle
* A copy of  Sky Road Walker plus a poster by S.M. Carrière
* A complete set of Lost Myths by Claude Lalumière and Rupert Bottenberg
* The last 4 issues of Lackington’s Magazine

Before you’re forced to socialize with your co-workers at dreary office parties and then endure the endless bickering of your family, come out to celebrate with the Ottawa speculative fiction community!

Geek joke telling contest

Tell your best geek joke and the audience will pick the winner. We’ll have slips for voting and everyone gets three votes. Place them all on one person or spread them out, it’s up to you!

If you have a joke, but aren’t comfortable in front of a crowd, let one of the ChiSeries folks know and we’ll tell it for you.

The prize

The winner gets $10 cold hard cash plus we will publish the winning joke on the ChiSeries website. This means you can use it in your writing resume!

The Rules

* No need to sign up in advance – we’ll have a sheet at the event
* 90 second maximum, please
* One joke per person (if you want to do more than one joke, you might need to buy raffle tickets, donate, or something else that we’ll figure out later)
* You can be ribald, but please don’t be dirty just for dirty’s sake
* Anything that is intolerant, exclusionary or insulting will not only get you disqualified, but bounced from the venue

Images for some of our door prizes

Artwork by Dominic Bercier

 

 

 

 

T-Shirt from Renaissance Press

 

Next Ottawa Event: Charles de Lint, Paul Glennon and Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

DATE: November 7th

TIME: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Take you mind off the impending 6 months of darkness and cold with ChiSeries. Come out hear some local heavyweights with Paul Glennon, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm and Charles de Lint, who returns to the Ottawa ChiSeries after appearing at our inaugural event in 2013!

Reader bios

Charles de Lint is the author of more than eighty adult, young adult, and children’s books. His first major fantasy novel in eight ​years, The Wind in His Heart, was released in September 2017 in conjunction with de Lint being named to the Canadian SF & Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame. Renowned as a trailblazer of the modern fantasy genre, de Lint has won the World Fantasy, Aurora (three times), Sunburst and White Pine awards, among others. His treatment of characters shows a deep concern for the underdog, the wounded, and the marginalized, as well as a belief in the human capacity for redemption, healing and transformation.

Paul Glennon is the author of two books of fiction for adults as well as the Bookweird trilogy for young readers. Shortlisted for a Governor General’s award for The Dodecahedron and a winner of the Sunburst award, he has a foot in both the world of fantasy and of literary fiction. “I don’t even think of genre when I sit down to write. I write the story that’s unspooling in my mind.” The Dodecahedron is a puzzle of twelve mathematically linked fiction, an experiment and an entertainment that reveals Glennon’s delight in genre busting. The Bookweird trilogy is a story for the kid in all of us who always felt that the world of books was more real than every day life. Paul will be reading from his work in progress The Heat Death of the Universe.

Liz Westbrook-Trenholm has published or aired mainstream and speculative short fiction, most recently, in Neo-Opsis, Prix Aurora-winning Bundoran Press anthologies, Second Contacts and 49th Parallels and Laksa Media’s The Sum of Us. She also writes comedic murder mysteries for Calgary entertainment company, Pegasus Performances, with over 80 scripts produced. A retired public servant, Liz lives in Ottawa with her husband, writer and publisher, Hayden Trenholm. And two electronic pets: Bright Eyes, the Shrodinger’s Cat decision maker and Oreo, the robo-vac. Bright Eyes likes to ride on Oreo and take swipes at our angst.

Next Calgary Event: Robert Bose, Craig DiLouie, and Axel Howerton

DATE: September 21st

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

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It’s CHISERIES YYC! Calgary’s own edition of the accliamed national Chiaroscuro Reading Series, sponsored by ChiZine Publications. Septembers #ChiSeries #YYC features:

CRAIG DILOUIE – Bram Stoker and Audie Award-nominated author of horror, sci-fi fantasy and historical thrillers including the best-selling SUFFER THE CHILDREN and the CRASH DIVE series!

ROBERT BOSE – Author, editor, publisher and two-time finalist for the Robin Herrington Memorial Award. Author of the just-released short story collection FISHING WITH THE DEVIL and Other Fiendish Tales.

AXEL HOWERTON – Hometown anti-hero, genre scholar, and Arthur Ellis Award nominated author of HOT SINATRA, FURR and the upcoming WOLF & DEVIL series, as well as the first title in the exciting new Noirvellas series CON MORTE.

Hosted by Sarah L. Johnson and Owl’s Nest Books

Next Toronto Event: Noir Night!

DATE: September 20th

TIME: 8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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One of our most popular events is back! It’s the ChiSeries NIGHT OF NOIR, see?! This year, we have a fabulous line-up of guys and dolls, see? Featuring authors from the PAC ‘N’ HEAT anthology, edited by Terri Favro and A.G. Pasquella and featuring noir stories and poems inspired by Ms. Pac-Man! We encourage you to dress accordingly. Bring yer gats and yer cigarette holders and yer fedoras and Maltese falcons.

With readings from: Gary Barwin, Terri Favro, Lisa de Nikolits, Michael Matheson, Jacqueline Valencia, and Myna Wallin.

Hosted by Sandra Kasturi and A.G. Pasquella

Next Peterborough Event: PTBO Pride! (Sylvie Bérard, Kristyn Dunnion, and Gemma Files)

DATE: September 19th

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

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ChiSeries Pride! A Night of Queer Speculative Fiction with Derek Newman-Stille and Sandra Kasturi

Join us for the 3rd annual ChiSeries Pride event and hear some amazing Sci Fi and Fantasy stories by Canadian authors, to explore some new Queer Frontiers with introductions by 5-time Aurora Award-winning reviewer and critic Derek Newman-Stille.

We Queer folk are often left out of science fiction, so this is our chance to take back our futures, write our stories into the imagination and speculate some new ways to Queer space.

Everyone welcome, and the event is free, though donations for the authors would be appreciated since it will keep them able to write and share their tales.

Readers will include:

Sylvie Bérard is the Winner of the 2002 and 2005 Prix Boreal and the 2003 Prix Aurora Award, and a professor at Trent University.
https://aaof.ca/membres/repertoire/sylvie-berard/

Kristyn Dunnion‘s dystopic novel, Tarry This Night, made CBC’s list of 20 books they’re excited to read this fall. The Dirt Chronicles (also with Arsenal Pulp Press) was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award finalist and ALA Over the Rainbow selection. Recent work appears in The New Guard V, Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Tahoma Literary Review. The 2012 Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2015 Machigonne Fiction prizewinner and Pushcart Prize nominee, Dunnion plays bass with Toronto heartthrobs, Bone Donor. www.kristyndunnion.com

Gemma Files‘s story “The Emperor’s Old Bones” won the 1999 International Horror Guild Award for Best Short Fiction. She has published two collections of short work: Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart. A Book of Tongues (ChiZine), her first Hexslinger novel, won the 2010 DarkScribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Small Press Chill, in both the Editors’ and Readers’ Choice categories. The two final Hexslinger novels, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones were published in 2011 and 2012. We Will All Go Down Together followed in 2014, and the Shirley Jackson and Sunburst Award-winning Experimental Film came out in 2015. http://musicatmidnight-gfiles.blogspot.com/

Next Ottawa event: Claude Lalumière & Violette Malan

DATE: September 12th

TIME: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

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Summer may be fading, so let’s kick off fall the ChiSeries way!

Come out out hear two authors of speculative fiction read from their works, pick up some new books and be part of Ottawas’ speculative fiction community! We start at 7, but come early for a bite to eat. As always, this event is FREE!

September brings Claude Lalumière & Violette Malan. (Unfortunately, Ursula Pflug had been scheduled to read at this event, but had to drop out.)

VIOLETTE MALAN is the author of the Dhulyn and Parno sword-and-sorcery series (now available in omnibus editions) and The Mirror Lands series of primary world fantasies. As VM Escalada, she’s the author of the Faraman Prophecy series. Book One, Halls of Law, came out in August, and Book Two, Gift of Griffins, will be out next year. She’s on Facebook, she’s on Twitter, and website-wise check either www.violettemalan.com or www.vmescalada.com.
She strongly urges you to remember that no one expects the Spanish Inquisition.

CLAUDE LALUMIÈRE is the author of Objects of Worship, The Door to Lost Pages, Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes, and Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment. His first fiction – “Bestial Acts” – appeared in Interzone in 2002, and he has since published more than 100 stories, several of which have been translated into French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Hungarian, and Serbian and adapted for stage, screen, audio, and comics. In summer 2016, he was one of 21 international short-fiction writers showcased at Serbia’s Kikinda Short 11: The New Deal. Originally from Montreal, he now lives in Ottawa. His website is at claudepages.info.