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!

October 7th, 2015

Signed books, and where to find them

Now that An Inheritance of Ashes is hitting shelves, it’s the return of the Signed Books Post!

While I’ve been tweeting where to find signed copies of Above and An Inheritance of Ashes as I nose in and out of bookstores, it’s occurred to me that having a consistent list might be helpful to people who like their books signed by the author!  So in that spirit, the signed books post.  This list will grow the more I travel about, and should generally be current!

If you’ve been to a location below and found they’re out of signed copies, please let me know — I’ll take it off the list!

Ontario

Belleville

Chapters Belleville, Quinte Mall, 390 Front St. North.

Brampton

Chapters Brampton, Market Hall, 52 Quarry Edge Dr.

Cobourg

The Avid Reader Magazines and Books, 513 Division St.

Guelph
Chapters Guelph, Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Rd.

Mississauga
Chapters Vega, Erin Mills Power Centre, 3050 Vega Blvd.

Orillia

Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga Street E.

Ottawa

Black Squirrel Books and Tea, 1073 Bank St.

Chapters Rideau, 47 Rideau Street.

Toronto

Bakka-Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord St.

Indigo Bay and Bloor, 55 Bloor St. West.

Indigo Yonge and Eglinton, 2300 Yonge St.

Mabel’s Fables, 662 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

 

Quebec

Montréal

Indigo Place Montréal Trust, 1500 avenue McGill College.

New York State

Albany

Flights of Fantasy Books and Games, 381 Sand Creek Rd.

New York City

Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street

The Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway.

August 15th, 2013

A less-usual kind of event.

It’s been a pretty quiet summer, what with the Being Sick and then my trip, face first, into revising ON ROADSTEAD FARM:

This is what a paper edit looks like.  It takes about 20 minutes a page.
Look! It’s a manuscript!

…but I do have an August reading to tell you about, and not the usual YA kind.

Carl Brandon Award nominee Elwin Cotman is touring his brand new book, and I’ll be reading with him and poet Kelly Rose Pflug-Back as that tour hits Toronto. As the event page puts it: Cheap drinks, live music, and books available for purchase!

The event’s at The 460 on Spadina, on Wednesday, August 21st at 7pm. Hope to see you there!

June 26th, 2013

Readercon schedule!

As promised in my last post!

Readercon (aka, Most Wonderful Time of the Year) goes down in a few weeks in Burlington, MA.  Behold the schedule!

Thursday, July 11

9:00 PM    F    Apocalypse Then. Leah Bobet, Maureen F. McHugh, James Morrow, Romie Stott (moderator), Sabrina Vourvoulias. In a 2012 interview published in the Boston Review, Junot Díaz told Paula Moya, “I always say if people [in the Dominican Republic] know about anything they know about the end of the world. We are after all the eschaton that divided the Old World from the New.” In this sense many worlds have ended, with a bang or a whimper. What can authors of post-apocalyptic stories learn from past apocalypses like the 1994 Rwandan genocide or the fall of Imperial Rome, and why are there so few works that present real-world events in this light?

Friday, July 12

1:00 PM    F    The Silent History: A Killer Serial. Leah Bobet, Samantha Henderson, Maureen F. McHugh, David G. Shaw (leader), Graham Sleight. The Silent History (http://www.thesilenthistory.com) bills itself as “a new kind of novel,” a serialized story told in weekday installments over the course of six months. In addition to the daily first-person narratives there are also “field reports,” reader-created first-person accounts in the story’s universe that are tied to specific locations. Rather than distract, these elements immerse the reader in the world of the story. How can non-standard narrative structure, serialization, geolocation, and audience participation serve as a blueprint for future novels?
4:00 PM    E    Autographs. Leah Bobet, Howard Waldrop.

 

Saturday, July 13

1:00 PM    G    Authorial Metanarrative. Leah Bobet (leader), Lila Garrott, Theodora Goss, Glenn Grant, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Sonya Taaffe. A number of authors build in subtle links between otherwise unconnected works. A link may not be something as literal as a common character or name; perhaps, instead, there’s a repeated trope or event. Leah Bobet, discussing Patricia A. McKillip’s works in a 2011 blog post, described this as writing “epic poetry, and the whole of [McKillip's] output is the poem.” How do such links affect a reader’s interpretation of or approach to a body of work, and what motivates authors to link their works together?

Suggested by Leah Bobet.

3:00 PM    NH    Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.

9:00 PM    NH    Reading: Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet. Leah Bobet reads from a work to be determined.

So this basically looks to be awesome, and I have more than a little prep to do before the weekend itself hits (ie, what I’m reading, which may be from On Roadstead Farm.)

Do I see you there?

June 13th, 2013

Going Out in Public: June/July edition!

Now that that draft is done, I will be going out places again!  Some of them may be near you!

  • First and foremost, I’ll be reading from Above at the Cat Sass Norwood Literary Night this Saturday, June 15 at 5pm, alongside novelist Shane Joseph and poet Wes Ryan.  If you’re in the area, come by for three writers and a bit of Q&A!
  • Secondly, I’ll be at Readercon in Burlington, MA from July 11-14, 2013.  There will be a panel schedule and possibly a reading attached to this, but it’s still forthcoming.

See you there!

April 27th, 2013

Above and the Auroras.

Embargo is off!

I’m honoured to announce that ABOVE is a nominee for the 2013 Aurora Award for Best YA Novel, alongside work from Kelley Armstrong, Charles de Lint, Cory Doctorow, Neil Godbout, and Mitchell Plested.

–and that “Hold Fast”, which appeared in Strange Horizons last June, is nominated as well in the Best Poem/Song category, alongside work from Carolyn Clink, David Clink, Sandra Kasturi, and Helen Marshall.

The final ballot’s available for your examination here, and congratulations to everyone nominated!

April 24th, 2013

Going Out in Public: April/May edition!

Spring’s finally sticking around here, and I am daring to leave my writer cave.  Which means: A bucket of upcoming public appearances!  Behold the list of them!

  • If you’re interested in hearing about the writing process, Toronto’s underground spaces, and the secrets of cities, I’m doing a Keep Toronto Reading event on just those things on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7pm, at the Kennedy/Eglinton branch of the Toronto Public Library.  There will be books for sale at this one, if only a handful!
  • The Apocalypse Tour is riding again, with a few Southern Ontario dates!  On Thursday, May 2, 2013, we’ll be at Essa Public Library’s Angus Branch in Angus, Ontario at 4pm — and by we, we mean Megan Crewe, Adrienne Kress, Maureen McGowan, and Cheryl Rainfield.
  • On May 4 at 2pm, Megan, Maureen, Cheryl, and I will descend upon Chapters South London to answer questions, sign books, and terrorize the populace.  There’s a Facebook event page here if you’re minded to RSVP, and it’ll be Maureen’s birthday, so a good round of the happy birthday song is welcomed and encouraged!
  • On May 5 at 2pm, Megan, Maureen, Cheryl, and Courtney Summers will finish this mini-leg of the Apocalypse Tour without me at Chapters Oshawa, because I am flaking to lead a Jane’s Walk that afternoon.

 

  • Finally, I will be at the Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, from May 16-19, 2013.  I plan to have a kicky awards dress and a minimum of jet lag.

And that’s the news!

February 20th, 2013

Norton.

I am so bewilderingly surprised to say this, but:

Above is a nominee for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Also known as the YA wing of the Nebula Awards.

Official announcement here, rife with jaw-droppingly good company: congrats to everyone on the ballot!

(I continue stunned.  The Nebulas.  What a world. )

December 22nd, 2012

First appearance of the New Year!

…it’s officially official: I’ll be reading at the ChiSeries, in Toronto’s Kensington Market, on January 9th at 8pm, alongside YA authors Bryan Dearsley and Andrew Wagner-Chazalon.  Snacks, drinks, and words for everyone!

RSVP at the event page, and check it for further details — hope to see you there!

December 11th, 2012

Best!

Now that it’s no longer embargoed, I can very excitedly let you know:

Kirkus Reviews has named ABOVE as one of their Best Teen Books of 2012!

So yes.  Sweet.  :)

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