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:

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.

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!

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 Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.

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.

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.

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.

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