September 21st, 2016

A very different Word on the Street!

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 6th, 2016

September and an Ottawa appearance!

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

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!

April 27th, 2016

Ad Astra!

Toronto’s literary SFF convention, Ad Astra, is coming up this weekend, and I’ve got my programming schedule in hand. If you’re hitting the convention, here’s where I’ll be!

Friday, April 29

8:00 pm The Medium is the Message: Plays, Screenplays, Novels, and Other Media — Newmarket
Jen Frankel, Leah Bobet

As a writer, you may have considered writing that novel. But what about that screenplay? That play? That board game? That web series? How can you make a living as a writer or create that great work of art while thinking outside the box of simply words on a page? This panel is about transitioning between various mediums to create the universe that lives in your mind, some of which you maybe never even considered, and how to approach each one differently.

Saturday, April 30

2:00 pm The Impact of Social Networks and Online Communities on Human Experience — Oakridge
Adam Shaftoe, Ira Nayman, Leah Bobet

Between the Arab Spring, the “year of outrage,” and the heating up of the culture wars politically and within fandom, the last few years have been a tumultuous time. At the heart of this conflict has been the ubiquity of social networks and media, and the ease with which we can communicate publicly what would have previously been very intimate opinions. For some, the online world represents a utopian globalization in which everyone has access to a wealth of opinions, ideas and information. For others, the online world has only divided, creating separate bubbles of opinion and thought that have led to the growth of hate organizations, public shaming and anger, doxxing and the proliferation of junk science and faulty arguments. How have social networks and online communities impacted human experience? Have they made us, effectively, telepathic? And what might the impact of this be on humanity going forward?

Sunday, May 1

11:00 am Sunday Morning Fantasy Reading — Oakridge
Chadwick Ginther, Leah Bobet, Sarah WaterRaven, Vanessa Ricci-Thode

Join authors Chadwick Ginther, Leah Bobet, Sarah WaterRaven and Vanessa Ricci-Thode for selected readings in the genre of Fantasy.

12:00 pm Surviving as an Artist — Markham A
Erik Buchanan, Leah Bobet, Marie Bilodeau

So you want to make a living as an artist of some kind. That science degree isn’t doing it for you. Maybe everyone is telling you that you’re going to starve! Come to this panel and hear how some of the artists in literature, music and art have found a way to “make it” and find out what making a living as an artist or writer actually means to you.

I’ll also be putting in some solid hours behind the Bakka-Phoenix Books table, so the Dealer’s Room will be a great place to look if you’d like to say hi!

Hope to see you there!

November 18th, 2015

Podcasted! (Podcast?) and a sneak peek into December.

I’m back from tour, appropriately exhausted, and getting back into the daily routine — but one of the more fun things I did on the road is ready to go!

At CanCon, I sat down for an interview with Kevin T. Johns of Write Along Radio, a podcast about reading, writing, and publishing. We spent almost half an hour talking about An Inheritance of Ashes, writing for young adults, craft in the SFF community, diverse fiction, and more. It was a great conversation, and it’s live this week.

Otherwise, there are a few more appearance announcements on the horizon, once details are absolutely finalized. I’ll be posting about those December events this week or next, as well as a few things crystallizing for the new year!

October 17th, 2015

CanCon 2015 schedule!

Ottawa’s CanCon has rolled out its final schedule, and I’ll be participating! The event runs October 30 – November 1st, and here’s where I’ll be at the con:

Saturday, October 31

2:00 pm Weird Fiction and Lovecraftian Themes — Salon D
Sean Moreland, Sandra Kasturi (m), Geoff Gander, Leah Bobet

From Chthulhu to the Necronomicon, to that strange sense of impending universal doom, Lovecraftian themes and Weird Fiction have been inspiring us to look out at the oddity of the universe and recoil in horror as it looks back at us. This panel gathers academics and writers of The Weird to explore those elements of Lovecraftian ideas in our fiction.

3:00 pm The Frontiers of Young Adult Fiction — Salon D
Leah Bobet (m), Max Turner, Fanny Darling, Leah Petersen, SM McEachern

While being defined by its young point of view, YA fiction has grown to know very few other limitations in scope, theme or subject matter. What areas in YA fiction are left for writers and readers to mine for originality?

4:00 pm Magic and Magical Systems — Salon C
Leah Bobet, Leah Petersen, Jim Davies, Gabrielle Harbowy, Kate Heartfield (m)

Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Weird Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, a lot of our speculative genres can incorporate magic and play with ideas of paranormal powers. This panel gives us a chance to talk about the ways that we weave magic through our fiction and the ideas that inspire the magical systems we create to work in our paranormal worlds.

5:00 pm Men In The Post-Patriarchy: Inter- and Intra-gender Friendships, Collaborations, and Rivalries in Societies that Don’t Dehumanize The Feminine — Salon C
Alison Sinclair, Leah Bobet, Kris Ramsey, Su Sokol, Derek Newman-Stille (m)

Science fiction does a fine job of extrapolating physics and chemistry, and fantasy describes worlds with magical modifications, but both do a poor job of imagining truly different ways for humanity to function as a society. Our panelists discuss ways society could be structured differently and how we might get there.

7:00 pm Book Launch: An Inheritance of Ashes — Con Suite

Come on by for readings, Q&A, and chat about the brand-new An Inheritance of Ashes!

Sunday, November 1

11:00 am Writer-editor-publisher etiquette — Salon E
Gabrielle Harbowy, Hayden Trenholm (m), Edward Willett, Leah Bobet

After the acceptance has gone to the writer, there’s still a lot more to do, some of it confusing but ok, sometimes signs of a ball being dropped. What’s the etiquette through this process?

Hope to see you there!

October 13th, 2015

World Fantasy convention schedule!

The preliminary schedule is up for the 2015 World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY, and while this is still preliminary — there might be some changes — here’s where it looks like I’ll be.

Thursday, November 5

5:00 pm Reading — Leah Bobet — Broadway 2

I’ll be reading from An Inheritance of Ashes and talking briefly about the book!

Friday, November 6

8:00 pm Autographing — CC2A and CC2B

Saturday, November 7

11:00 am The Quest is Dead, Long Live the Quest? — CC2A
Leah Bobet, Sarah Beth Durst, Janeen Webb, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (mod.)

Sometimes there are narrative arcs and techniques that just fall out of favour, but is the quest one of them? The panel will discuss the great quest narrative and how new stories are finding ways to make quests interesting again.

Hope to see you there!

September 18th, 2015

Word on the Street!

I mentioned a busy fall event season a few days ago, and, well, I’m pleased to announce the first of them:

I’ll be reading from An Inheritance of Ashes, talking fantasy and science fiction, and signing books alongside excellent authors Megan Crewe and Natale Ghent at this year’s Word on the Street Festival!

Supernatural Sovereignty: Humans Defending the Earth

Nobody likes to be pushed around, but the assertions of dominance in these fantasy novels go beyond bully threats or pressure from parents. Join Megan Crewe, Leah Bobet, and Natale Ghent in conversation as they discuss the use of aliens, gods, monsters, and demons as larger-than-life villains in their novels.

To say I’m happy about this is kind of an understatement. Word on the Street has been one of my favourite lit events for years (I may have renamed it Personal Christmas) and getting to be a part of it is going to be frankly awesome.

The stuff goes down at Harbourfront Centre on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm, on the This is Not the Shakespeare Stage, with signing afterwards.

Hope to see you there!

September 16th, 2015

AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES book launch!

An Inheritance of Ashes is out October 1st in Canada, October 6th in the US — and so it’s time for the fun bit.

The book launch.

If you’re in the Toronto area, please come on out to D-Beatstro at Bloor and Lansdowne celebrate as we launch AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES on Thursday, October 15th with music, delicious baked goods, reading, signing, raffle prizes, original art, and some special guests, including:

– Deborah Linden and Leslie Hudson of Sinderella playing a set;
– Tabetha Rose and Jeff Rose of Axon Interactive demoing their brand-new game Quench;
– and more to come!

The party starts at 7pm! Please come by and get a little too caffeinated, chat, and help launch this book at least above Earth orbit!

RSVP at the Facebook event — and RSVPs are important here, since there are drink tickets involved.

THE PLACE

D-Beatstro is a community art space and cafe just east of Bloor and Lansdowne, dedicated to local music, art, social justice, workshops, and more! The venue is 100% accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, and will be serving up Dark City coffee, tea, and delicious vegan-friendly snacks.

Hope to see you there!

If you’re outside of town and still like snacks and fun, fear not: I’ll be launching the book in Ottawa as well at CanCon the weekend of October 30th-November 1st (details to come!) and there’s a full slate of events for this fall. Most of which will probably include snacks and fun.

July 13th, 2015

Oh look, more fun:

Back from a wonderful Readercon (lobsters eaten, theory of fiction panels had, readings attended, friends seen) to some good news for the week after next!

I’m going to be an author guest at Blog Ontario’s Fourth Annual Book Blogger Meet Up, an informal mingle-style afternoon event for bloggers and readers that’ll be going down on Saturday, July 25th. The rest of the roster is pretty great: Sally Christie, K.A Tucker, Kevin Sands, Danielle Younge-Ullman, and Erin Bow.

As of this weekend there were about 18 tickets left, and you get snacks and a freebie bag with books and swag included in the ticket price.

Hope to see you there!

June 29th, 2015

Readercon Readercon Readercon–

Aaaand we have a schedule for this year’s Readercon, which is going to go down from July 9-12 in Burlington, MA. Behold!

Thursday, July 9

8:00 PM G All Literature is Regional. Susan Bigelow, Leah Bobet, Brett Cox, John Langan, Yves Meynard, Resa Nelson. Canadian author Alistair MacLeod once said, “All literature is regional.” How does regionality influence the worlds that speculative authors create, and the ways that readers approach those creations?

9:00 PM ENL How to Write for a Living When You Can’t Live Off Your Fiction. Leah Bobet, John Crowley, Michael Dirda, Barbara Krasnoff (leader). You’ve just been laid off from your staff job, you can’t live on the royalties from your fiction writing, and your significant other has taken a cut in pay. How do you pay the rent? Well, you can find freelance work writing articles, white papers, reviews, blogs, and other non-SFnal stuff. Despite today’s lean journalistic market, it’s still possible to make a living writing, editing, and/or publishing. Let’s talk about where and how you can sell yourself as a professional writer, whether blogging can be done for a living, and how else you can use your talent to keep the wolf from the door. Bring whatever ideas, sources, and contacts you have.

Friday, July 10

2:00 PM F The Future of Speculative Magazines, Part 3. Scott Andrews (leader), John Benson, Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow. At Readercon 20, there were two very well-attended panels that looked at the future of magazines: “The Future of Speculative Fiction Magazines, Part 1: Print Magazines,” and “Part 2: Online Magazines.” Six years later, we return to this issue to discover what worked, what didn’t, whether magazines are any better off, and what the near future might hold.

Saturday, July 11

1:30 PM EM Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads a selection from her upcoming novel AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES.

3:00 PM F Shifting the Realism Conversation. Leah Bobet, Michael Cisco, John Crowley, John Langan, Yves Meynard. In a 2014 interview, James Patterson, not generally thought of as a fabulist, declared, “I don’t do realism. Sometimes people will mention that something I’ve written doesn’t seem realistic and I always picture them looking at a Chagall and thinking the same thing.” Meanwhile, the SF/F world is engaged in ongoing discussions about the value and meaning of realism in epic fantasy, particularly the variety that uses claims of realism to justify portrayals of violence, bigotry, and misery in cod-medieval settings. What shifts in these discussions if we adopt Patterson’s framing, setting modernism and abstraction in opposition to realism? What would abstract, modernist, Chagall-like epic fantasy look like? And would it work, or is some adherence to the real necessary in stories that explore the unreal?

Sunday, July 12

1:00 PM CL Kaffeeklatsch. Leah Bobet, Diane Weinstein.

Anyways, I am very much looking forward to this. And: Do I see you there?

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