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.

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 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.