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 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.


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?

March 19th, 2015

Ad Astra convention schedule!

My final schedule for this year’s Ad Astra has fallen into my hands, and it is large and thorough and voila.

Friday, April 10

1:00 pm Writing Diversity Well

We need diverse books! (We do.) Diversity in both adult SFF—and genre YA—is a big conversation, and representing yourself, others, and your characters well deserves the extra attention.

Join author Leah Bobet for a two-hour workshop about resources, tools, processes to use—and the questions to ask yourself—to write diverse characters well, and what a diverse book means—and doesn’t mean—when it comes time to sell your work. This workshop is open to writers of any and all backgrounds, orientations, levels of physical ability or neurodiversity, or identifications. Come prepared for a respectful, open environment where we’ll learn from each other.

7:00 pm Deconstruction: What Happens When You Take Tropes Apart
Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Gail Z. Martin, KW Ramsey

Genre fiction thrives on tropes, from the stalwart hero, the damsel into distress, and all the way to the nefarious villain, but what happens when a show takes those tropes and turns them on their head. Join us as we discuss how and why to do this and examine when it’s done right and when it’s done wrong.

8:00 pm SF for a YA Audience
Leah Bobet, Charlene Challenger, E.K. Johnston, Jane Ann McLachlan

Young Adult novels are tricky things – Enders Games was about children and youth – but not for them. Fantasy has managed to get a solid grasp on what the readers want…But Sci-Fi doesn’t seem to be catching on. Why not?

Saturday, April 11

1:00 pm Reading: Leah Bobet and Max Turner
Leah Bobet, Max Turner

2:00 pm Signing Session (2 hours)
Ada Hoffmann, Adam Shaftoe, Anne Bishop, Charles de Lint, David Nickle, Ed Greenwood, Gemma Files, Julie Czerneda, Karen Dales, Kelley Armstrong, Leah Bobet, Marie Bilodeau, MaryAnn Harris, Max Turner, Nancy Kilpatrick, Rio Youers, Sephera Giron, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzanne Church, Timothy Carter

4:00 pm How to Sell SF to General Readers as Literature
Charlotte Ashley, Derek Kunsken, Erik Mohr, Leah Bobet

It is nearly impossible to get a non-genre reader to even look at a book – much less read it – unless HBO has kidnapped it for a mini-series. So how do you prove that SF/F is more than pulpy star-ships and elves with perfect hair?

8:00 pm Cutting Contracts and Shaking Hands: Business Basics of Writing
Gail Z. Martin, Gregory Wilson, Leah Bobet, Monica Pacheco

How do you do? Would you like to read my work? Please sign this deal…The world is a scary place – especially when you are just learning how to put your work out there. Here is some helpful advice from seasoned pros in all areas of Writing and Editing.

9:00 pm In Defence of the Evil Empire, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Big Brother
Charlene Challenger, David Blackwood, Leah Bobet, Simon McNeil

A key component of many genre stories, from dystopias through to fantasy stories is the rebellion narrative. Of course, having a hero struggling against an unequal and oppressive power provides an easy source of conflict and gives the protagonist the chance to grow as they overcome a seemingly unbeatable foe. Or as they fail to do so. But rebellion stories in genre are frequently very one-dimensional; the empire in Star Wars is overtly evil. How can we write better and more nuanced rebel stories? And what authors are doing so right now?

Sunday, April 12

12:00 pm Interactive Fiction: No Coding required!
Alice Black, Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, Matthew Johnson

Thanks to tools like Storium and Twine, the ability to make interactive stories is now available to everyone. Find out how to get started without having to write a single line of code.

That is a big schedule — and one I’m very much looking forward to! See you there!

February 16th, 2015

Writing Diversity Well workshop at Ad Astra!

Dropping in quickly to highlight a new development at Ad Astra, the local convention, which it’s a privilege to be part of: Friday workshops!

This year’s programming team has arranged a double handful of attendance-capped workshops for the Friday of the con (April 10th), and they cover a whole lot of ground: How to design games, prop weaponry that rocks, mold making, costumers’ makeup, and of course, writing workshops. Michael Matheson, Julie Czerneda, Ed Greenwood, and I are doing a really comprehensive track of writing workshops through the day, covering everything from the business side to worldbuilding to good self-editing strategies. It’s a tiny professional development conference in a jar.

The workshop I’m running? Writing Diversity Well.

We need diverse books! (We do.) Diversity in both adult SFF—and genre YA—is a big conversation, and representing yourself, others, and your characters well deserves the extra attention.

Join author Leah Bobet for a two-hour workshop about resources, tools, processes to use—and the questions to ask yourself—to write diverse characters well, and what a diverse book means—and doesn’t mean—when it comes time to sell your work. This workshop is open to writers of any and all backgrounds, orientations, levels of physical ability or neurodiversity, or identifications. Come prepared for a respectful, open environment where we’ll learn from each other.

It’s running at 1pm on Friday, April 10th, at the Ad Astra hotel space, and there’s a fee discount for con attendees (or vice versa: there’s a discount on badges for workshop attendees). The workshop signups are available only in advance, so if there’s something you like there, enroll early and often.

Hope to see you there — and hoping this is the first year of something really great!

December 27th, 2014

2015′s First Convention Schedule!

Now that we’re past Christmas and looking right to 2015, my first convention of the year is coming up fast: ConFusion 2015 in Dearborn, MI! Just before the holidays I got my weekend schedule, and…voila.

Saturday, January 17

12:00 pm Diversity in _____________
Issues of race, class, gender, identity, orientation, generation and geography are among the most important conversations being had today both within and across in a broad range of fandoms (SFF, comics, gaming, cosplay, etc.). How do we navigate these discussions in a way that is useful and inclusive in increasingly diverse and global fandoms?

3:00 pm Mass Autograph Session

5:00 pm Effective Role Playing (TEEN FUSION)
How do you stay in character during a RPG so that the game progresses and you have fun at the same time?

6:00 pm What Should I Read Next?
Suggestions of what to read next, based on what you just read and loved

Sunday, January 18

10:00 am Post-Colonial SF
Can our world’s own colonization history help us write the stories of future colonizations? What were the pitfalls? And how can we avoid them? Or are we just doomed to repeat history…

2:00 pm Bobet/Sanford Reading

It’ll be my first ConFusion, and I’m pretty excited. Hope to see you there!

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