The Leopard by K.V. Johansen Published June 2014

TheLeopard-Marakand1Released June 10, 2014

K.V. Johansen‘s latest novel, The Leopard, has been published by Pyr.

The Leopard was chosen for Kirkus Review‘s
Best Speculative Fiction Reads for June, and io9.com’s Most Astounding Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In June.

Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.

To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.

Review: …the work highlights Johansen’s strengths. A surprising number of characters and plot threads are deftly interwoven…Publishers Weekly

Review: “An involving and deftly written novel of escape and capture, love and loss, and battles both mental and physical…. Johansen’s writing style is assured and elegant, subtle and powerful…”ForeWord Reviews

For more about the Marakand series and the author, see K.V. Johansen’s website at www.kvj.ca

SF Canada Members on Alberta Book Awards Shortlists

The recently-released shortlist for the 2014 Alberta Book Awards features a number of SF Canada members.

Sherry D. Ramsey’s debut novel, One’s Aspect to the Sun, published by Tyche Books, is one of three titles shortlisted in the Book of the Year – Speculative Fiction category.

Another Tyche title in this category is Masked Mosaic, an anthology of Canadian superhero tales. SFC contributors to the anthology include Claude Lalumiere (co-editor), David Perlmutter, Marie Bilodeau, Michael Matheson, Mike Rimar, Rhea Rose, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

SFC member Simon Rose’s non-fiction work, Canada in World War I: Roots of the Conflict, published by Weigl Educational Publishers, has also been shortlisted in the Education Book category.

The award recipients in ten categories will be announced during the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Friday, June 6, at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel in Calgary. Awards for Publisher of the Year, Book Illustration, and Lifetime Achievement will also be presented.

Full details of the awards and finalists can be found on the BPAA website at http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/

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Book tour dates for Suzanne Church’s ELEMENTS

ELEMENTS: A Collection of Speculative Fiction will be released on April 1st in Canada and April 30th in the US.

Suzanne will be visiting five cities as part of the book tour.

Saturday, April 5th, 9:00 PM at Ad Astra convention.
Sheraton Parkway North, 600 Highway-7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario
–Tentatively scheduled for room 1086–
The big launch PARTY! If you’re planning on attending the convention, please drop by and celebrate. There will be cake!

Saturday, April 12th, 1:00 PM at Chapters Waterloo.
428 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario
Suzanne will answer questions and do a few short readings from the collection.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, April 19th, 3:00 PM at Bakka Phoenix Books Toronto
84 Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario
Suzanne will read a few short excerpts from stories in the collection.
Added bonus: Sandra Kasturi, co-founder of ChiZine Publications, will also be at the launch. Sandra wrote the introduction to the book.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, April 26th, 1:00 PM at Chapters Barrie
76 Barrie View Drive, Barrie, Ontario
Suzanne will answer questions and do a few short readings from the collection.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, April 27th, 1:00 PM at Chapters Newmarket
Yonge Centre, 17440 Yonge Street, Newmarket, Ontario
Suzanne will answer questions and do a few short readings from the collection.
Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, May 10th, time TBA GenreCon at the Sarnia branch of the Lambton County Library
124 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario
As part of the one-day free conference GenreCon, one hour of the day will be dedicated to a launch for ELEMENTS.
Suzanne will answer questions and do a few short readings from the collection.

Mark Shainblum featured in Lost Heroes documentary

SF Canada member Mark Shainblum is one of several Canadian comic book creators featured and interviewed in the new documentary Lost Heroes: The Untold Story of Canadian Lost Heroes Movie PosterSuperheroes, produced and directed by Wil Pascoe.

In collaboration with comic artist Gabriel Morrissette, Shainblum wrote and co-created the Canadian superhero comic Northguard and the political humour series Angloman. He also worked on the classic Canadian comic book hero Captain Canuck and the weekly webcomic Canadiana. Shainblum is also an award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer and editor, and served as president of SF Canada in 2002-03.

Lost Heroes explores the hidden history of Canada’s comic book superheroes. From Canada’s Golden Age when millions of children read the tales of Inuit goddess Nelvana of the Northern Lights, to the thrilling days when Canadian heroes returned to the newsstands and comicshops with characters like Captain Canuck and Cerebus, Lost Heroes celebrates the unique Canadian talent behind these characters and asks why can’t Canada keep its heroes?

Lost Heroes is a Middle Child Films / Farpoint Films production, and airs throughout March, 2014 on the Canadian cable channel Superchannel. It also has theatrical showings in Toronto, Winnipeg and at the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle.

Click here for showtimes.

 

Sporeville reviewed on Amy’s Marathon of Books

Paul Marlowesporeville‘s YA steampunk novel Sporeville was reviewed on Amy’s Marathon of Books:

“Jaunty, funny, exciting and disturbing are a few of the words I would use to describe Paul Marlowe’s Sporeville… I truly enjoyed this clever and engaging book.

Paisley, of course, was my favourite character, although even though I knew there was something supernatural about her, I didn’t realise she was a werewolf until Elliott figured it out himself. I loved her spirit, intelligence, and loyalty to Elliott, even though she’d only known him a few days before she needed to rescue him.

I also appreciated Marlowe’s well-developed sense of humour throughout the novel. At times I was sick to my stomach when I read about all of Professor Strange’s experiments, but Marlowe seemed to know just when to lighten the mood for his reader. I laughed out loud more than once…”

Interview with Sherry D. Ramsey

Sherry-sm-cropAn interview with SF Canada member and Nova Scotia author Sherry D. Ramsey, “Author Spotlight – Sherry D. Ramsey, Builder of Worlds,” is currently online at Nine Day Wonder. Sherry answers questions about her new novel, One’s Aspect to the Sun, as well as world-building, science in science fiction, and the role of associations like SF Canada and their benefits for writers, among other things. http://www.ninedaywonder.com/2013/author-spotlight-sherry-d-ramsey-builder-of-worlds