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A Very Special ChiZine Holiday Special Special

By Tightrope Books | December 7th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Can you say that you know Tightrope Books publisher, Halli Villegas, personally?  Have you met ChiZine Publications founders and editors, Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi?  If you haven’t, now’s your chance! (If you have, wouldn’t you like the pleasure again?).
 
Hosted by Liana K, guests include Jason Taniguchi, Gord Zajac, Karl Schroeder, David Nickle, Rio Youers, Halli Villegas, Don Bassingthwaite and more. 
 
For more information, check out the Facebook event.
 
Wednesday, 8 December, 2010 | 8PM-11PM
Augusta House
152 Augusta Ave., TO
 
 

Escaping the Genre Ghetto – Exploring the State of Speculative Fiction at Toronto’s SpecFic Colloquium

By Tightrope Books | October 6th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

Escaping the Genre Ghetto – Exploring the State of Speculative
Fiction at Toronto’s SpecFic Colloquium
TORONTO, ON (September 7, 2010) – On October 23, 2010 authors, editors
and readers will gather to explore the state of speculative fiction in
Canada at Toronto’s SpecFic Colloquium.

Canadian speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. “Our authors are breaking out of the genre ghetto,” says co-organizer Helen Marshall. “Their stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange. They show us the speculative fiction can be an ideal tool for social examination and critique.”  

The colloquium, a one-day event to launch the Chiaroscuro Reading Series, will deliver lectures by major names in the field on topics including urban fantasy, cognitive science,  queering the genre, and the spread of Canadian science fiction. The lectures will be followed
by readings that showcase emergent and experienced Canadian speculative fiction writers.

Guests include Kelley Armstrong, Julie Czerneda, Guy Gavriel Kay, Tony Burgess, Gemma Files, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts, David Nickle, Bob Boyczuk, Michael Rowe and Claude Lalumière.

Sponsored by ChiZine Publications, an independent publisher of weird, surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction, the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium will take place on Saturday October 23, 2010 in the Music Room,Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle.   Register at http://www.specfic-colloquium.com/registration.htm.

For further information about the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, visit http://specfic-colloquium.com . For sponsorship partnering, advertizing opportunities or media queries, contact Sandra Kasturi, co-organizer at sandra@chizinepub.com or Helen Marshall, co-organizer at helen@chizinepub.com.

The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction – Joint Venture by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books

By Tightrope Books | March 24th, 2010 | Print This Post | Email This Post | Leave a Comment

For Immediate Release

The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction – Joint Venture by ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books

TORONTO, ON (March 22, 2010) – ChiZine Publications and Tightrope Books announce a joint venture to produce a reprint anthology collecting speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.) that represents the best work produced by Canadian writers.

Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments. At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental, and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.

Co-edited by Sandra Kasturi (ChiZine Publications) and Halli Villegas (Tightrope Books), The Best Canadian Speculative Fiction will be published annually. The first volume is scheduled for release in May 2011.

For further information contact Sandra Kasturi, Co-Publisher, ChiZine Publications at sandra@chizinepub.com or Halli Villegas, Publisher, Tightrope Books at halli@tightropebooks.com; or visit the website at http://specfic.webs.com/

About ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, subtle, surreal, and disturbing dark fiction. It is t
he book-length, print version outgrowth of ChiZine, an online professional market in operation since 1997 focused on the same type of story material. All of CZP’s publications are hand-picked by Co-Publishers and Bram Stoker Award-winners Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi. Other staff members include Artist Director Erik Mohr, Marketing Director Matt Moore, Editor Helen Marshall, and Marketing Assistant Laura Marshall. Visit CZP online at http://chizinepub.com.

About Tightrope Books

Tightrope Books was established in January 2005 to bring a fresh take to Canadian literature by juxtaposing new and established writers, genres, and cultures to build an inclusive list that represents the vitality of current Canadian literature. It is dedicated to finding fresh voices to bring the word off the street, encouraging established writers to experiment with other genres or different ways of looking at their art, and using innovative marketing techniques and striking cover designs to make our books stand out from the crowd, and supporting Canadian arts and artists in every way we can. Visit Tightrope Books at http://tightropebooks.com/.