Thursday, May 28, 2009

Michèle Laframboise's YA novel La quête de Chaaas nominated for prestigious Trillium Award

La quête de Chaaas by Michèle Laframboise is among the 17 books nominated this year for the prestigious Trillium awards. Organized by the Société de développement de l’industrie des médias de l’Ontario (SODIMO), those awards emphasize the vitality of literature in Ontario.

La quête de Chaaas (Chaaas’ Quest) explores in depth the life of an adolescent struggling to find his own way in an alien civilization of super-gardeners. Robbed of the fruit of his quest and left to die of cold in the northern desert, Chaaas resolves to find the culprit. But a grain of chance mingles in his plans...

On June 15th, Michèle will be at a public lecture at the Harbourfront, in Toronto. The award ceremony will be held on the next day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Matthew Hughes makes 19th sale to Fantasy & Science Fiction

Matthew Hughes has sold a 16,000-word story entitled "Hell of a Fix," to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It's about "a nerdish actuary who accidentally causes Hell to go on strike."

It's Matt's 19th sale to the magazine.

Edward Willett launching Terra Insegura in Regina May 30, Saskatoon June 3

Edward Willett will officially launch Terra Insegura (DAW), the sequel to his Aurora-nominated novel Marseguro, with readings and signings this Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Book & Brier Patch in Regina and Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon.

One week remains in Ed's month-long series of book giveaways. To enter to win a free copy of Terra Insegura (for the first name drawn) or Marseguro (for the second) leave a comment at his blog or email edward(at) with the subject line "Terra Insegura."

Geoff Cole reading in Vancouver June 11

Geoff Cole will be reading (along with Linda King, Brad Teeter, Ethel Whitty, Jane Mellor, Mauretia Holloway, Neil McKinnon and Aileen Penner) at The Writers's Studio Reading Series at Rhizome Cafe, 317 East Broadway at Kingsway, Vancouver, on June 11 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

C. June Wolf running book giveaway at her blog

C. June Wolf is giving away a signed copy of Finding Creatures and Other Stories at her blog. Just post a comment explaining why you'd like a copy, and she'll draw one name at random. No need to post names, addresses or personal information; she'll contact the winner for a mailing address.

Michèle Laframboise's SF comic book The General's Garden now available

Michèle Laframboise's new comic book in English, The General's Garden, science fiction aimed at a younger audience, is now available.

The General's Garden is a short 24-page story set in the Chh'tyl Empire, part of the same universe as La Quête de Chaaas and Les vents de Tammerlan (Winds of Tammerlan, an Aurora finalist this year). It features a younger Chaaas raiding a forbidden garden with his two mischievous friends.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Derek Kunsken non-SF story now out in sub-Terrain

Derek Kunsken's first non-SF, non-fantasy piece, "Getting High With Thomas the Apostle," just appeared in the Canadian literary magazine sub-Terrain (#52).

Says Derek, "It's the story of three kids living on the streets on San Pedro Sula, one of whom believes he's been visited by John the Baptist. It's dark and uses the environment I saw while working with street kids in Central and South America. No ray-guns, spaceships or aliens, though...."

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime's new vampire novel Feral Passion out June 2

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime's new vampire novel Feral Passion debuts June 2 from Samhain Publishing, with cover art by Cover art by Natalie Winters .

You can read an excerpt online, and here's the publisher's description of the book:

It’s never a good idea to date your prey…

Xandra had a thing about vampires—like not dating one. Ever. But now that she’s on the hunt for the mastermind behind a newly formed vampire army, she’s sucking it up and dating every vamp in her little black book. Her prime suspect: Dante. Cop, vampire—and drop-dead gorgeous.

As the police force’s vampire liaison officer, Dante is no stranger to crime. Feral vampires are attacking in droves, and he’s hell-bent on finding out who’s responsible before the backlash robs them all of their hard-won rights. His number one suspect: Xandra. Hunter, smartass—and sexy as sin.

No one is more surprised than Xandra when Dante shows up as her date. Her cover is not all that’s blown during their mutual interrogation. Sparks of attraction fly—right before an attack leaves her gravely injured. With no choice but to inoculate her with his blood, Dante has more questions than ever before. Like who wants her silenced.

As they race to uncover a long-buried secret, Xandra realizes she can trust no one. Not even Dante. Especially since his blood is giving her unpredictable side effects…

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Online radio interview with Lorina Stephens to air Friday, May 15

An interview with Lorina Stephens about her anthology of speculative fiction, And the Angels Sang, will be broadcast online on the Author’s Radio Show on Friday, May 15.

"Big Idea" essay by Edward Willett up at John Scalzi's Whatever

At his popular blog Whatever, SF writer John Scalzi has published a series of essays over the past few years by other SF writers in which they talk about the ideas behind their latest books. The current essay is by Edward Willett, discussing the genesis of Marseguro and Terra Insegura.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Edward Willett giving away books to promote new novel

Edward Willett's new science fiction novel Terra Insegura (DAW Books) will be officially released tomorrow. To promote the book, Ed is giving away copies of both Terra Insegura and its prequel, Marseguro, for the entire month of May, through a weekly draw.

Details are here. Enter by leaving a comment there or by emailing Ed at edward(at) with the subject line "Terra Insegura."

New Simon Rose articles on naming characters at Ezines

A new collection of five articles by Simon Rose, entitled "Naming your Characters," is now available at Ezines.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Cover art for Steve Vernon's upcoming picture book

Here's a sneak peek at Steve Vernon's upcoming children's picture book, Maritime Monsters, a field guide to the sea serpents and wood beasts of the maritimes, illustrated by Jeff Solway. The book will hit the bookshelves this fall.

Currently Steve is gearing up for the launch and promotion of Halifax Haunts, his third collection of ghost stories. You can listen to an interview with Steve online here.

Nina Munteanu sells Darwin's Paradox sequel to Dragon Moon

Nina Munteanu recently signed a contract with Dragon Moon Press (Hades Publications) to deliver the prequel of her SF ecological thriller Darwin's Paradox. The prequel is entitled Angel of Chaos and is scheduled for release in late 2009 or early 2010.

Nina also signed on with Redjack Books, who will be publishing a collection of her short stories in 2010. Meanwhile, Absolute Xpress (Hades Publications) will be re-releasing Nina's award-nominated romantic SF thriller, Collision with Paradise (formerly with Liquid Silver) this spring in ebook and print formats.

Nina recently participated in BC Book and Magazine Week 2009. As part of Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine's participation in the Main Street Literary Tour, Nina gave a reading from her award-nominated short story, "Virtually Yours," which appeared in The Best of Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine (Bundoran Press) and has been translated into Greek, Romanian, and Polish. An after-party followed at Cafe Montmartre.

Nina was also interviewed by Danielle Marcotte of Radio Canada in connection with her participation in BC Book Week and to discuss SF writing and publishing in British Columbia.