Renaissance Virtual Conference Oct 24-25

Join over 20 speculative fiction authors from across Canada for a two-day virtual writers’ conference October 24 & 25, 2020. Panelists include SF Canada members Su J. Sokol, Nina Munteanu, Elizabeth Hirst, and Cait Gordon.

Panel discussions cover setting, world building, writing inclusively, and much more. Participants will also enjoy a virtual dealers room with a broad range of books.

Register at on the Renaissance Press website and head over to the event on Facebook to follow updates.

Congratulations to 2020 Aurora Award Winners!

Winners of this year’s Aurora Awards were announced Saturday August 15, via live video as part of the When Words Collide (WWC) convention.

The awards ceremony went online this year along with WWC in response to Covid-19. While we didn’t get the in-person magic of a banquet hall, these achievements are certainly every bit as impressive this year. And SF Canada members were well-represented winning both awards and a hall of fame induction.

Susan Forest won Best YA novel for Bursts of Fire. Diane L. Walton won Best Related Work for On Spec Magazine. R. Graeme Cameron won Best Fan Writing and Publication for Polar Borealis, Issues #9 through #12. And Marie Bilodeau co-won Best Fan Organizational for Can*Con.

Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s (CSFFA) Hall of Fame inductions included Cory Doctorow.

Huge congratulations to all the winners and nominees this year! And extra thanks to our own Mark Leslie Lefebvre for emceeing the event.

 

 

When Words Collide Online & FREE for 2020

 

This year’s When Words Collide (WWC) convention for readers and writers has gone online in response to Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

Although we’re sad that WWC won’t be happening in person, we’re excited to share that this popular Canadian literary event is FREE to attend! And there is still so much happening. WWC kicks off at noon MDT tomorrow, Friday August 14, 2020.

Be sure to check out the group book launch at 2pm on Friday. Nine authors are launching new titles, most of whom are SF Canada members, including Paula Johanson. Saturday August 15, Susan Forest has a book launch as well.

Tune in at 5pm Saturday for the announcement of Aurora Award winners. And don’t miss the shared author table with a whopping 146 books!

Visit whenwordscollide.org for the event schedule and presenter bios. The WWC site will also have links to each panel or presentation via streamed video services.

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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