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!

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.

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 briankirkfiction.com. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters.