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.
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!
January 2nd, 2016
Quite to my surprise, I got home this afternoon to find out that An Inheritance of Ashes has been shortlisted for the 2015 Cybils Awards, in the Speculative Fiction category — alongside some seriously great books (my to-read list just grew).
The jury will read through the finalists and announce a winner mid-February. Congrats to all the finalists, and best of luck!
October 17th, 2015
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 14th, 2015
I’m sure there’s something you’ve been burning to know. Y’know, scone recipes. Dog opinions. Writing process. What working in an indie genre bookstore is really like.
You are in luck, my friends. As part of the release of An Inheritance of Ashes, the very kind folks at Reddit Fantasy will be hosting me for an all-day AMA on October 22, 2015!
Please don’t hesitate to head on over: I’ll be answering questions, chatting, and hanging out throughout the day, and would love to see you there!
October 7th, 2015
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!
Chapters Belleville, Quinte Mall, 390 Front St. North.
Chapters Brampton, Market Hall, 52 Quarry Edge Dr.
The Avid Reader Magazines and Books, 513 Division St.
Chapters Guelph, Stone Road Mall, 435 Stone Rd.
Chapters Vega, Erin Mills Power Centre, 3050 Vega Blvd.
Manticore Books, 103 Mississaga Street E.
Black Squirrel Books and Tea, 1073 Bank St.
Chapters Rideau, 47 Rideau Street.
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.
Indigo Place Montréal Trust, 1500 avenue McGill College.
New York State
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.
October 6th, 2015
It’s October 6th, which means An Inheritance of Ashes officially hits shelves today.
This has been a pretty long road between the first drops of an idea and the book loosing into the world, and one that a lot of people carried and/or dragged me along when my proverbial legs got wobbly. So while I know most people preview a book with the first chapter? I’d like to show you my acknowledgments.
Here are the people I owe Ashes to.
An Inheritance of Ashes was a book that asked a lot of me. I wrote my first book as a writer, but I wrote this one as a person, and bringing your whole self to a book when you are a person, with so much more than books to love, is a harder set of compromises. A lot of people supported and carried me during writing Above; for An Inheritance of Ashes, a great many people offered, in the face of those more complicated things, so much that made such a difference: kindness, experience, and patience.
For all the work, thought, and encouragement that went into fostering this idea, even though the external things didn’t work out: Cheryl Klein.
For their patience with a very drafty first draft, and their comments on it: Michael Matheson and Ian Keeling.
Lindsey Shorser and Jeff Yagar, who put up with my occasionally collaring them to go: “Is this cool or stupid?” and reciting random plot points at high speed.
Kelly Jones, Pam McNew, and Jennifer Adam, for taking the time to not only talk about the writing, but to point out some of the things this particular city girl assumed or misunderstood about running a small farm.
Emma Bull, whose wisdom on other projects came forward to vastly improve this one; Merrie Haskell, who generously shared both her insights and experience, and made the way there much, much clearer; and Michelle Sagara West, for her invaluable knowledge and invaluable practicality, and willingness to share both.
Chandra Rooney, for probably a million hours’ worth of work dates all over the west end, talking out plot points, talking about positioning, beta-reading chapters that just changed completely anyway, double-checking my instincts on cover copy when it was midnight and my brain stopped working, making me write words instead of bailing to see Batman even though I really wanted to bail and see Batman, and finally, telling me it was going to be okay in a way she knew I’d believe. Which is what the best writing partners do, and the best friends.
The Ontario Arts Council, whose Writers’ Works in Progress grant program let me jump face-first into the scary, wonderful life of a full-time writer. Thanks for believing in this book at its very beginnings, and for the chance to, well, take a chance.
My literary agent, Caitlin Blasdell, for knowing exactly where to take a weird little book; Diane Kerner at Scholastic Canada for the immediate and ongoing faith throughout the life of this project; and Anne Hoppe at Clarion, whose patience and enthusiasm were the bedrock that made this manuscript happen—a bedrock that not excessively dented by teaching one anxious and occasionally very opinionated author the ins and outs of writing on proposal (and a few things about prose clarity and structural tics, besides). Thank you for the immense effort and care put into this book. It has meant everything.
And finally, Philippe McNally, who understands. In the acknowledgments for Above I said that now I understood all those acknowledgment-page stereotypes; what Ashes taught me is how a partner who wants you to make good art makes everything suddenly possible.
Thank you, love, for doing more than your equal share of a lot of things while I rewrote whole chapters; for the infinite supply of gross deadline snacks; for drawing both the Nopetopus and the capybaras with machine guns, which clearly contributed to my process; for making it clear that time I take away from Us Things for Book Things is not, in your eyes, a favour you do me or a debt to collect; and for, knowing full well that this is going to happen every book, marrying me anyway. I love you like a whole forest of adorable kittens where there is also an astronaut convention taking place. I love you like the sky. Thank you.
I sincerely hope you all enjoy it.
September 18th, 2015
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.
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:
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
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!