Sunday, October 3, 2010

Coming Soon - Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

ChiZine Magazine is sponsoring a fabulous one day event at Hart House in Toronto on October 23 featuring a stunning lineup of 11 speculative fiction authors including Kelley Armstrong, Guy Gavriel Kaye,  Peter Watts, Karl Schroeder, Julie Czerneda, Tony Burgess, David Nickles, Gemma Files, Claude Lalumiere, Micahel Rowe and Robert Boyczuk. The full details are in the press release below or you can visit their website.

Register now because seating is limited. For those considering attending, I have included the Program Schedule at the end of the post which includes both lectures and readings.
Escaping the Genre Ghetto – Exploring the State of Speculative Fiction at Toronto’s SpecFic Colloquium

TORONTO, ON (September 7, 2010) – On October 23, 2010 authors, editors and readers will gather to explore the state of speculative fiction in Canada at Toronto’s SpecFic Colloquium.

Canadian speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. “Our authors are breaking out of the genre ghetto,” says co-organizer Helen Marshall. “Their stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange. They show us the speculative fiction can be an ideal tool for social examination and critique.”

The colloquium, a one-day event to launch the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, will deliver lectures by major names in the field on topics including urban fantasy, cognitive science, queering the genre, and the spread of Canadian science fiction. The lectures will be followed by readings that showcase emergent and experienced Canadian speculative fiction writers.

Guests include Kelley Armstrong, Julie Czerneda, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tony Burgess, Gemma Files, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts, David Nickle, Bob Boyczuk, Michael Rowe and Claude Lalumière.

Sponsored by ChiZine Publications, an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction, the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium will take place on Saturday October 23, 2010 in the Music Room,Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle.   Register at http://www.specfic-colloquium.com/registration.htm.

For further information about the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, visit http://specfic-colloquium.com. For sponsorship partnering, advertizing opportunities or media queries, contact Sandra Kasturi, co-organizer at sandra@chizinepub.com or Helen Marshall, co-organizer at helen@chizinepub.com.
Lectures
9:00 REGISTRATION OPENS

9:45-10:00 OPENING REMARKS

10:00-10:45 THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HORROR – OR HOW A VERY UNPLEASANT EMOTION BECAME A VERY UNSTABLE GENRE
Speaker: David Nickle

10:45-11:30 CANADIAN SCIENCE FICTION: TAKING OVER THE WORLD, NICELY
Speaker: Julie Czerneda

11:30-11:45 BREAK

11:45-12:30 WHY YOU CAN’T TEACH WRITING
Speaker: Bob Boyczuk

12:30-1:15 QUEERING THE GENRE
Speaker: Gemma Files
Speaker: Michael Rowe

1:15-2:00 LUNCH AT THE ARBOUR ROOM

2:00-2:45 GODS, JACKBOOTS, AND RULE 34: HOW PORNOGRAPHY COULD SAVE THE WORLD
Speaker: Peter Watts

2:45-3:30 COGNITIVE SCIENCE AND THE MAKING OF FICTION
Speaker: Karl Schroeder

3:30-3:45 BREAK

3:45-4:30 AGAINST REALISM: HARD SF, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, AND OTHER QUESTIONABLE STRATEGIES FOR WRITING FICTION
Speaker: Claude Lalumière

4:30-5:15 MAKING THE SUPERNATURAL SEEM NATURAL: THE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY URBAN FANTASY
Speaker: Kelley Armstrong

5:15-6:00 MURDERING EVERYONE: RAISING CHILDREN WHILE CULTIVATING REPULSIVE THOUGHT
Speaker: Tony Burgess

Readings
8:00-9:30 FIRST READING SESSION
Speaker: Gemma Files
Speaker: Tony Burgess
Speaker: Julie Czernada
Speaker: Karl Schroeder
Speaker: Guy Gavriel Kay

9:30-9:45 BREAK

9:15-11:30 SECOND READING SESSION
Speaker: Kelley Armstrong
Speaker: Peter Watts
Speaker: Claude Lalumière
Speaker: David Nickle

3 comments:

  1. I am green with envy, every inch even my toes are green! This sound like a great worthy collaboration of Sifi-ness at it's very best with The Best of the Best and I am sure it will be a success.

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  2. This is yet another reason why I should move to Ontario...this looks like such a blast!

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  3. We'll be aiming to put the lectures online so check back at the site after the event for news about this!

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