The Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Featuring Violette Malan, Douglas Smith and Shari Lapeña
Where: Augusta House (152A Augusta Avenue, Toronto)
When: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Join us to welcome in the new year with a trio of stellar authors...
Violette Malan has a PhD from York University in 18th-Century English Literature, but reports that most people don't hold it against her. She started reading fantasy and science fiction at the age of eight, and was writing stories not long after. Violette has been a book reviewer, and has written feature articles on genre writing and literature for the Kingston Whig Standard. She has taught creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner's French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she's worked as an administrative assistant, and a carpenter's helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish.
Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction (fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable"), with over a hundred story sales in two dozen languages around the world, including InterZone, Amazing Stories, Cicada, Baen's Universe, Weird Tales, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Postscripts, On Spec, and The Third Alternative (now Black Static, as well as anthologies from Penguin, DAW, and others.
Shari Lapeña worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She is a graduate of The Humber School for Writers, where her mentor was David Adams Richards. Her first novel, Things Go Flying, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. She won the Globe and Mail’s Great Toronto Literary Project contest, and was shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Her second novel, Happiness Economics, was published in September, 2011. She lives in Toronto and is currently at work on her third novel.
1. Toronto Library Talk: Robert J. Sawyer interviews William Gibson
Where: Toronto Public Library (Toronto Reference Library)
When: Thursday, January 12, 2012 (doors open at 6:00 p.m. / interview at 7:00 p.m.)
2. Toronto Libarary Talk: Black Holes are like Kinder Surprises and Other Short Stories from the Universe
When: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This program has been postponed and rescheduled to Thursday January 12th at 7 p.m.
Hear stories of the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy,
extra-dimensions, parallel universes, quantum computers, and more. Join us as we host the very engaging Johannes Hirn from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto.
Space-Time Continuum SFF Discussion Group
Where: Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street
When: 1 pm
Topic: The Year's Best Science Fiction : Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection (2009) edited by Gardner Dozois
Toronto Library Talk: Black Holes are like Kinder Surprises and other Short Stories from the Universe
Where: Don Mills Auditorium
When: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Stories of the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, extra-dimensions, parallel universes, quantum computers and much more! Join us for a lively talk with the engaging Johannes Hirn from the University of Toronto's Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
oronto Library Talk: Robert A. Douglas
Where: Palmerston Branch
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
In "That Line of Darkness: The Shadow of Dracula and the Great War", Robert A. Douglas talks about how the current appeal of the Gothic is rooted in the late nineteenth century.
Toronto Library Talk: Professor David Klausner discusses the Canterbury Tales
Where: Deer Park Program Room - 2nd Floor
When: 2:00 p.m.
Join Professor Klausner of the Medieval Studies of U of T as he takes us on a medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury. Professor Klausner will use the original pilgrim stories to paint a portrait of the social, political and religious climate of the time. Register in person or at 416-393-7657.