November 7th, 2016
UTM’s The Medium and the English & Drama Society have put together a great panel of emerging and established writers for this evening, and I’m really pleased to say I’ll be contributing as a panelist!
The panel kicks off at 5:00 pm in room IB150, and co-panelists will include Sara Peters, Simone Da Costa, Morgan Rhodes, Menna Elnaka, and Leah Edwards. There’ll be two hours of the hows and whats of fiction writing, swag, and books, and I think we’re going to have a really fun evening.
Hope to see you there!
November 6th, 2016
Earlier this week, I did a great, thoughtful interview with Kris Abel of What She Said Radio about An Inheritance of Ashes, the Aurora Awards, favourite books, women in writing, and building fantasy worlds — and that’s going to be airing tonight!
In the Toronto area, the show’s on 88.5 The Jewel at 6:00 pm, with the segment coming on close to halfway through the show; it’s available to livestream online through their site.
Otherwise, a transcript of the full interview, not just the aired parts, will be posted on the What She Said website, and you can see me somewhat sleepily recommend a lot of reading.
October 11th, 2016
The Canadian version’s been out for a little over two weeks, but today it’s Book Birthday for the American edition of the An Inheritance of Ashes paperback!
It will be doing its wingy thing in a softer, more affordable format on bookstore shelves across your fine nation.
October 5th, 2016
It’s a serious pleasure to let you know that An Inheritance of Ashes, a book with apparently more energy than me, has won the 2016 Copper Cylinder Award in the YA category.
The adult category winner is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal To Noise, which is a neat, unique first novel, and the company just makes this that much better.
I will post pictures when pictures are for the having.
October 2nd, 2016
The Fall YA Scavenger Hunt is coming, and fast.
I’ll be rocking it with the Red Team this season, along with some first-time scavenger hunt authors and regulars both.
We’ll be doing the Scavenger Hunt from noon, Pacific time, on Tuesday, October 4th to noon Pacific on Sunday, October 9th, complete with a huge amount of bonus material, prizes, and more. Join in by checking out the YASH How-To page — and sharpen your hunting fingers!
September 21st, 2016
Since it’s rapidly rushing up on me (aaaa):
I’ll be at this year’s Word on the Street Festival on Sunday, September 26, but in a different capacity than usual: I’m turning my hand to hosting the brand-new Genre Zone stage for the afternoon!
So while I’ll be there and around the stage for most of the day, it’ll be to showcase and interview authors and comics creators including Madeline Ashby and Chester Brown, and a pile of up-and-coming awesome people!
Copies of An Inheritance of Ashes‘s paperback edition — officially out this week! — will be at the festival, and I’ll be around to sign a few for those who wants them!
Here’s the stage schedule, and I hope to see you there!
September 14th, 2016
Now that it’s official:
I am thrilled to let you know that An Inheritance of Ashes is the winner of the 2016 Sunburst Award in the Young Adult Novel category.
It’s recognized along with Gemma Files’s incredible Experimental Film in the adult category, and Catherine MacLeod’s “Hide and Seek” in the short fiction category.
Given the amazing works on the longlist and shortlist, this is about three times the honour it would normally be, so: A million congratulations to everyone — winners and nominees! — and, well. Thank you. So much.
Details at the Sunburst Society’s own page!
September 6th, 2016
Now that we’re past Labour Day (and what turned into an eight-hour jam-making marathon over here; I have so much jam, guys) it’s going to be a full September for events: I’m going to be hosting a stage at Word on the Street, running a launch-day Facebook event takeover, and panelling this weekend at Ottawa’s 2016 CanCon, which is right downtown this year and shaping up to look great! Here’s my quick panel schedule for the convention:
Friday, September 9
8:00 pm Story Structure — Sunset Room
Sheila Williams, Sam Morgan, Ranylt Richildis, Leah Bobet, Nina Munteanu (m)
From the perspectives of literary agent, editors and writers, our panel discusses story structure, both the old standards and more experimental structures that have worked.
Saturday, September 10
11:00 am Reading — An Inheritance of Ashes — Guildhall
Leah Bobet reads from her Aurora-winning novel An Inheritance of Ashes
6:00 pm Youth Gateways Into Genre Fiction — Zenith Room
Ed Willett, Leah Bobet (m), Fanny Darling, Mark Shainblum
Every author can probably, tell you when they first got interested in their chosen genre. Today, though, the way that younger readers are accessing speculative fiction is much different than it was even five years ago. How are new readers being hooked into sci-fi, fantasy or horror? Have there been changes for older readers, too, and has this changed the way we write or market our fiction?
Sunday, September 11
12:00 pm Amazing Books in the Different Subgenres of SF — Zenith Room
Timothy Gwyn (m), Leah Bobet, Lisa Toohey, Jonathan Crowe, Amal El-Mohtar
Science fiction is bubbling over with new ideas and new voices. Our panel discusses must-read works that have been published in the last couple of years.
I’ll be stopping into the Rideau Chapters to sign stock on Saturday as well, and leaving a few autographed — and personalized, if you want them! — books there.
Looking forward to seeing you, Ottawa!
August 15th, 2016
It is an intense and surprising pleasure to let you know that An Inheritance of Ashes won the 2016 Aurora Award for Best English Young Adult Novel this Saturday evening.
This is pretty cool, as you might imagine.
The full list of winners is here, and congratulations to everyone: nominees and winners!
July 14th, 2016
Quick post in a very busy summer:
Fall is looking to be fairly busy, so watch this space: All kinds of good stuff coming up!