Chi Series – Ottawa June 2017 Event

So, over the last few years, I kept seeing Events posted on Facebook about the¬†Chiaroscuro Reading Series¬† in Ottawa.¬† And I¬†was really keen¬†to go… but well, life happens.

Until THIS event – June 6th 2017!¬† I said ‘screw you life!’ and decided rather last minute that I was going to attend one of these events – and I’m glad I made the hour-long drive to get there!¬† It was great!

I’ve heard a few sample readings from Authors before at writer conferences, but this was a different experience.

ChiSeries Ottawa had just moved to a new location The Clocktower Brew Pub where everyone met in the cozy and intimate party room down stairs.  A whole room, and bar, all to ourselves with most excellent service!

With the evening’s special Host Sandra Kasturi , we heard samples from Authors: Kathlyn Bradshaw who read an excerpt from her novel The Frankenstein Murders¬†, Michael Libling read from his novella Hollywood North and Julie Czerneda beautifully read excerpts from 3¬†very different works.¬†¬†AND there was¬†a hat story from none other than Marie Bilodeau!

Plus, there were enough donations raised that we were privileged to witness Matt Moore rock¬†a¬†rather dapper¬†basket-hat (of Marie’s choice) for the rest of the evening.

I believe the next Ottawa reading event will be in September – BUT, they have reading events all across Canada!¬† So, if you don’t live near Ottawa, or just can’t wait till September,¬†there are 5 cities¬†choose from (with more to come in the near future) and you can go and¬†support¬†Canadian Authors¬†there/then – because supporting home talent is a good thing ūüėČ

As I had¬†posted on Twitter later that evening¬†–

There really is something magical about hearing author’s works in their own voices.

 

 

 

Limestone Genre Expo 2017

Limestone Genre Expo is coming soon!¬† This Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th at Kingston’s St. Lawrence College Campus.

This year’s Guests of Honours are: Horror¬†author Nancy Kilpatrick, Fantasy author Violette Malan, Mystery writer Rick Blechta, Romance author Eve Langlais, Science Fiction author Matthew Bin, and MLR Press.

Today’s post on facebook:

 Check out Kingston Change-Makers on Cogeco TV on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 p.m. (channel 13 or 700 HD in Kingston area) to hear from your humble Planning Committee and three rock stars of the Canadian Genre community: Violette Malan, Vicki Delany, and Alyssa Cooper.

 

Registration is still open !!

CONFERENCES 2017

I’m finally getting ahead of the game and posting about Conferences before they arrive!

Writer/Reader Conferences:

Tickets are available for The Limestone Genre Expo 2017 which will be June 3-4th at St. Lawrence College Campus, Kingston Ontario, Canada.  I bought my tickets as soon as I saw that they were on sale.  I love going to Kingston, and the conference is a good one for writers.

Romancing the Capital 2017 is again¬†at Holiday Inn & Suites, Kanata Ontario, Canada, the weekend of August 3-5th.¬† I haven’t yet signed up for this one pending my scheduling, but it’s always a great time.

CAN-CON 2017 ¬†will be held the weekend of October 13-15¬†located at¬†Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa Ontario, Canada.¬†¬†I think this will be my 5th year attending this conference and it’s always a lot of fun and crammed with informative scheduling.

This year, I’ll also be attending a Genealogy Conference for the first time, and I’m very excited!¬† The Ontario Genealogical Conference will be held in Ottawa this year.¬† Information for the OGS Conference 2017 shows that the conference is June 15-18th at Algonquin College Campus.¬† I’m really looking forward to getting reacquainted with the Genealogical community.

CAN-CON 2016 pt.2

Following up directly after Can-Con 2016 over the past weekend (Sept.9-11 at Novotel in downtown Ottawa ON), – the Con was great as always!

At Registration, everyone’s badge was an RPG sheet you had to fill out, and there were weapons to be collected from vendors and guests.¬† I was awarded a +2 battle axe for purchasing a copy of Clockwork Canada a Steampunk anthology edited by Dominik Parisien.¬† I didn’t partake in the RP but there were some mysterious formidable¬†Secret Monsters¬†to be found and battled who were¬†busy on twitter.¬† They may be back again next year.

Books I picked up over the weekend: Ninja versus Pirate featuring Zombies by James Marshall, Angel of Death by Karen Dales , Revelations by Jennifer Carole Lewis and as mentioned before, the Clockwork Canada Anthology.

Some of the historically themed panels I attended were: Archeology with Heritage Coordinator Katrina Guy and S.M Carriere, Medievalisms with K.V. Johansen and David Szarzynski, and Local History Sourcing with Amal El-Mohtar and Kate Heartfield.  Of course there were many other authors sitting in on each panel.

My daughter particularly liked the Saturday panels on Animal Senses with Nina Munteanu and Julie Czerneda, and Fairy Tale retelling with Charles de Lint and Melissa Yuan-Innes.¬† She wasn’t able to see the Comic Creation panel with ¬†Dominic Bercier ¬†and ¬†Jay Odjick¬†¬†(who had prints of his CAN-CON 2016 Program cover art¬†for sale in the dealer room)¬†because it was scheduled for Sunday.¬† She was also very pleased to have found some Harry Potter jewelry and magnets in the Dealer’s Room.

This year, the best Business panel was Laurie Stewart ‘s talk on Authorpreneurship¬†about writing and taxes.¬† I took sooo many notes and am very thankful she provided attendees with printouts!

My favourite philosophical panels were about the domesticity of Horror with Sandra Kasturi, Brett Savory  and Matt Moore, Antagonists with Erik Scott de Bie and Gregory A Wilson, and Witchcraft & Druids with Can-Con Co-Founder Farrell McGovern, Mary Pletsch and Prof. Brendan Myers.

And of course, the timeslots devoted to TEGG Project.¬† Over the course of the last year or so, I’ve heard Ed Greenwood talking about Onder Librum on PlanetXPodcast with Marie Bilodeau, Jay Odjick and Ken Bonnie , and also on The RoundTable Podcast with Dave Robison.¬† The first open panel was about the business of the TEGG project with some discussion on the already launched Hellmaw world.¬† Most of the authors were on hand for the published books to date¬†– Ed Greenwood, Erik Scott di Bie, Suzanne Church, Marie Bilodeau, and Gabrielle Harbowy.¬† The second panel was devoted to the Storm Talons world, for which Gregory A Wilson was also on hand. The last public timeslot was a small discussion about the TEGG project with Deputy Lore¬†Guardian Marie Bilodeau for more information and Q&A.

Can-Con 2016 was another success and I’m looking forward to what Co-Chairs ¬†Derek Kunsken and Marie Bilodeau and the wonderful network of hardworking Volunteers produce next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAN-CON 2016

CAN-CON 2016 is coming up this weekend!¬† This is my attempt to promote it BEFORE the event rather than belatedly.¬† The Programming starts tomorrow September 9-11 at Novotel Hotel¬†near Ottawa’s Byward Market.

There is a long list of author and specialist attendees along with Special Guests : Sam Morgan, Sheila Williams, Eric Choi and Tanya Huff.

Programming will include various Workshops offered by established authors, Readings (tons!), Blue Pencil cafes, Kaffeklatsches, Agent and Publisher pitch sessions, kobo and publicity consultations, Parties and ALL the panel discussion to be had.

AND¬†they’ve just announced “THE CAMPAIGN“!¬† Now, I have VERY little experience playing table-top style RPG, but this looks fun ūüėÄ

There are sooo many people I’m looking forward to seeing at this year’s conference.¬† Too many awesome panelists to name and great Special Guests …¬†¬† Did I mention Ed Greenwood?¬†¬† Yeah, THAT Ed Greenwood ūüėČ

So, it’ll be fun, and my youngest daughter will by my shadow for part of the weekend, hoping to check out what the¬†creator world is all about.

 

LIMESTONE GENRE EXPO 2016

LIMESTONE GENRE 2016 was this conference’s second year, and was held July 23 &24 in downtown Kingston Ontario (my favourite Canadian city) at Kingston Frontenac Public Library.¬† I’m late in posting about this conference since summer was insanely busy with family affairs, but better late than never!

This year I focussed on the panels all weekend, but there were a lot of great Readings and Workshops available too.  The Author list was extensive and the dealer room was impressive and consistently packed with buyers and minglers.

There was a nice mix of all Spec-Fic Genre topics РFantasy, Mystery, the world of Comics, Science Fiction, Comedy, Thriller, Horror and Romance etc..  and the Cross Genre discussion to round it all up.

In Fantasy, I enjoyed listening to Tanya Huff speak about her career, providing insights for up-and-comers and Violette Malan ‘ s publications as well as her beautiful dresses and classy hats.

In mystery, with my love of history, specifically Canadian history – I was quite interested in Janet Kellough ‘s Thaddeus Lewis series set in historical Eastern Ontario.¬† And there was Y.S. Lee ‘s Agency series set in Victorian London.

Derek Newman-Stille interviewed Jay Odjick on the topic of Comic creation and Jay’s KAGAGI: The Raven project.¬† They discussed everything from the details of Comic artistry and publication to the Kagagi¬† television series production and Jay’s background and success as a First Nations artist and businessman – which for him is important as a role model to his Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community.¬† It was a great interview -Derek always has insightful questions and commentary to every discussion he attends, while Jay’s charisma and energy make 2hrs fly by.

Another panel I always find¬†interesting is the Horror¬†discussion¬†which aside from great book lists, also leads to reflections on human nature through fear.¬† Some of this panel’s attendees included David Nickle , Alyssa Cooper and Matt Moore .

Through all of the discussions I listened to over the course of the weekend, the underlying theme in many topics was acceptance and change in diversity in the publishing world.¬† Panels about Feminism, LGBTQ2 Identities and Disability representations in fiction.¬† These topics have been growing at every convention with open discussions amongst authors reflecting¬†diversity and promoting them.¬† It’s great to see the social changes being made through art and the frank dialogue over what has changed and how to¬†navigate what still needs to be improved.

Thanks to Liz Strange and her crew for all the work put into organizing this event!