K.V. Johansen at LonCon 3

LonCon3K.V. Johansen will be attending LONCON 3 (the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention) in London UK, from August 14-18, where she will be on panels discussing “Crossing Boundaries: Histories of International SF/F for Children”, “Sense of Wonder in Children’s SF”, and “YA Fiction: The History of a Genre”, as well as being available at a kaffeeklatsch where readers and writers can meet.

Right before LONCON, Johansen will be a class leader at the Science Fiction Foundation’s annual Masterclass in Science Fiction Criticism, held at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, August 11-13.

Johansen’s latest novel, The Leopard, was published in June by Pyr, to be followed in December by part two of the epic fantasy: The Lady.
For more about Johansen’s writing and her participation in LONCON 3, see her blog, her website, or her alternate website for children’s & YA books.

This tour is supported by the New Brunswick Arts Board | Cette tournée est soutenue par le Conseil des arts du Nouveau-Brunswick
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Eileen Kernaghan launches Sophie, in Shadow

Sophie, In Shadow

Eileen Kernaghan’s new YA/teen historical fantasy, Sophie, in Shadow, will be launched on May 10 at the Arts Council of New Westminster’s gallery in Queens Park. The time is 1:30 p.m.

Sophie, in Shadow, set in India under the Raj, continues a narrative which began twenty-five years earlier in Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural. It’s 1914. Sixteen year old Sophie Pritchard, orphaned two years earlier by the sinking of SS Titanic, is about to begin a new life in British India. For Sophie, still devastated by her parents’ death, India proves a dangerous environment. Kidnapping, enemy spies and terrorist plots play their parts against the background of a world at war and growing unrest in the Indian subcontinent. Soon Sophie’s powers of precognition will be called upon to help thwart a conspiracy that could incite a bloodbath in Calcutta and deliver India into enemy hands.

Thistledown Press, March 2014, $15.95   Available in both print and e-book editions.

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.

SF Canada Awards $1000 to Tanya Huff

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(Photo by Jonathan Crowe)

The Aurora Award for Best Novel, accompanied by the SF Canada Award of $1000, was given to Tanya Huff in Ottawa on October 6, 2013 for her fantasy novel The Silvered, published by DAW Books. Born in Nova Scotia but now living in rural Ontario with her wife Fiona Patton, Tanya Huff is one of Canada’s most important and best loved fantasy authors. Since her first professional sale to Amazing Stories in 1985, she has published over thirty books and a number of short stories. Her “Blood Books” series was adapted as the television series Blood Ties in 2007. Her award-winning novel features magicians and shapeshifting werewolves united against a steampunk empire, and has been well received by readers and critics alike.

The 2013 Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature played host to the 33rd national Canadian convention of science fiction and fantasy, also known as Canvention. Ten other Aurora Awards were announced. The fantasy adventure Under My Skin (in the “Wildlings” series) by Charles de Lint won the Aurora Award for Best YA Novel. Published in On Spec, the fantasy tale “The Walker of the Shifting Borderland” by Douglas Smith won the award for best short fiction. David Clink’s poem “A sea monster tells his story” in The Literary Review of Canada won for Best Poem or Song. The webcomic Weregeek by Alina Pete won the Aurora for best graphic novel while the award for best related work went to the anthology Blood and Water edited by Hayden Trenholm for Bundoran Press. Finally, Erik Mohr received the Aurora Award for Best Artist, honouring his covers for ChiZine Publications. The remaining Aurora Awards went to fans contributing to the speculative fiction community across Canada, and the Aurora-Boréal awards for works in French were given out earlier this year in Montreal.

SF Canada Partners with CBC Books

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Six sci-fi novelists from SF Canada have united to serve as readers in an upcoming Sci-Fi Twitter Challenge at CBC Books: Canada Writes on Wed. Oct. 24. Matthew Hughes, Edward Willett, Hayden Trenholm, Alison Sinclair, Lynda Williams and Steve Stanton will compile a shortlist for publication from thousands of tweets during 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm Eastern time. The theme of the Sci-Fi Odyssey Twitter Challenge will be released by Canada Writes on Wednesday morning to kick off the day. A surprise celebrity judge will decide the Final winner of an iPod Touch from the SF Canada shortlist. Other featured SFC authors during the Sci-Fi Odyssey include Cory Doctorow, Helen Marshall and Nina Munteanu. Visit CBC Books: Canada Writes for updates!

SF Canada Presents $500 Prize to the Winner of the Aurora/Boréal Award for Best Novel in French

On May 15, the first ever set of the twinned Aurora/Boréal Awards was given out during the 28th Boréal convention in Montréal, along with three more Boréal awards. As chosen by a record-setting vote, the Aurora/Boréal Award for best fantasy or science fiction novel in French went to Héloïse Côté for her fantasy novel La Tueuse de dragons [The Woman Who Killed Dragons] from Alire. As part of its support for Canadian speculative fiction, SF Canada will add to the award a $500 prize; the same amount will be given to the winner of the Aurora Award for best fantasy or science fiction novel in English later this year.

Born in 1979 in Québec (QC), Héloïse Côté is a young writer who made her mark with a well-received fantasy trilogy in 2004-2006, Les Chroniques de l’Hudres [The Hudresian Chronicles]. She published a standalone novel in 2008, Les Exilés [The Exiles], before completing a more ambitious work, La Tueuse de dragons, released by her publisher, Alire, in 2010. Critics saluted a new novel that was not only a good read, but one that showed her maturity as an author by combining psychological insight with pounding action. The selection by Canadian fans of La Tueuse de dragons for the first best novel Aurora/Boréal Award now confirms the universal appeal of Côté’s fifth book.

For over 30 years, Canadian fans of speculative fiction have been voting on the Aurora and Boréal awards, to acknowledge the best of Canadian professional and fan activity in both of Canada’s official languages. In recognition of the partial merger of the Aurora and Boréal awards, SF Canada has decided to fund prizes of $500.00 each for future winners of the Best Novel category in both languages.

SF Canada was founded in 1989 as Canada’s national association for speculative fiction professionals, and was created to serve the needs of its writers, more specifically by improving communication among them, fostering a sense of community, supporting the growth of quality writing, lobbying on their behalf, and by encouraging the translation of their work. SF Canada supports positive social action.

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Jean Pettigrew, who is Côté’s editor and publisher, accepts in her name the SF Canada presentation cheque from Jean-Louis Trudel, representing SF Canada.

SF CANADA DÉCERNE UN PRIX DE 500$ À LA LAURÉATE DU PRIX AURORA/BORÉAL DU MEILLEUR ROMAN EN FRANÇAIS
Le 15 mai dernier, les premiers prix jumelés Aurora/Boréal ont été remis durant le 28e congrès Boréal à Montréal en même temps que trois autres prix Boréal. Suite à une participation record des inscrits, le Prix Aurora/Boréal pour le meilleur roman de science-fiction ou de fantastique en français a couronné La Tueuse de dragons, un ouvrage de fantasy d’Héloïse Côté paru chez Alire. Dans le cadre de son soutien aux genres de l’imaginaire au Canada, SF Canada a doté le prix d’une bourse de 500$. La même somme sera remise au lauréat ou à la lauréate du Prix Aurora du meilleur roman de science-fiction ou de fantastique en anglais, dont le nom sera annoncé en fin d’année.

Née en 1979 à Québec, Héloïse Côté est une jeune écrivaine qui s’est imposée avec une trilogie de fantasy pour adultes parue en 2004-2006, Les Chroniques de l’Hudres, favorablement accueillie par la critique. Elle a enchaîné avec la publication en 2008 d’un roman, Les Exilés, avant de compléter un ouvrage plus ambitieux, La Tueuse de dragons, paru chez Alire en 2010. Les critiques ont salué un livre qui non seulement procurait un bon moment de lecture, mais démontrait aussi la maturité grandissante de l’écrivaine, capable de marier les scènes d’action à la chasse aux dragons intérieurs. Le choix des fans qui ont accordé à La Tueuse de dragons le premier Prix Aurora/Boréal du meilleur roman confirme cette reconnaissance largement partagée du cinquième livre de Côté.

Depuis plus de trente ans, les fans canadiens des genres de l’imaginaire votent pour les prix Aurora et Boréal afin de rendre hommage, dans les deux langues officielles, à ce qui se fait de mieux dans les milieux professionnels et faniques d’ici. Afin de reconnaître le jumelage partiel des prix Aurora et Boréal, SF Canada a décidé de financer des prix de 500 $ chacun qui seront remis aux lauréats des prix pour le meilleur roman dans chaque langue.

SF Canada est une association canadienne de professionnels de la SF fondée en 1989. Elle a été créée afin de répondre aux besoins des écrivains canadiens dans les genres de l’imaginaire, en particulier en ce qui concerne l’amélioration des rapports et des échanges entre eux, la promotion d’un sentiment de solidarité, l’encouragement d’une amélioration continue de la qualité de la production écrite, la défense de leurs intérêts, l’encouragement de la traduction et la promotion d’une action sociale positive.
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Jean Pettigrew, l’éditeur et directeur littéraire de Côté, accepte au nom de l’écrivaine le chèque de SF Canada remis par Jean-Louis Trudel au nom de l’association.