Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series

TORONTO: Third Wednesday of the Month
OTTAWA: Second Tuesday - December, March, June, September
VANCOUVER: Second Wednesday - January, April, July, October


Wed. 4/11 All day Postponed - Next Chiseries May 9th!

Wed. 5/9 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: James Alan Gardner, Rio Youers, Ursula Pflug and Kari Maaren The ChiSeries is pleased to invite James Alan Gardner, Rio Youers, Ursula Pflug and Kari Maaren on the ukulele! [IMAGE] James Alan Gardner is a two-time Aurora award winner, a two-time Nebula and Hugo finalist, and a one-time winner of ... more
Wed. 6/27 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Kelley Armstrong, Scott Fotheringham & David Nickle This month's reading series is on the 4th Wednesday (instead of the 2nd Wednesday). We've got a spectacular line-up for you! KELLEY ARMSTRONG is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She has been telling stories since before she could write. He... more
Wed. 7/11 8:00 PM Chi-Series Presents the Friends of the Merril Contest The Augusta House, 152A Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor This month the Chi-Series recognizes the winners and finalists of this year's Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. Started in 2011, the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest is an annual ... more
Wed. 8/8 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Tanya Huff, Nancy Baker, Carolyn Clink and Kari Maaren The ChiSeries is proud to invite Nancy Baker, Carolyn Clink, Tanya Huff and Kari Maaren on the ukulele! [IMAGE] Nancy Baker is the author of the novels "The Night Inside", "Blood & Chrysanthemums" and "A Terrible Beauty" and the short story... more
Wed. 9/12 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Craig Davidson, Don Bassingthwaite, Fiona Patton and Kaari Maaren The September ChiSeries is proud to feature readings by Craig Davidson, Fiona Patton, Don Bassingthwaite and ukulele performances by Kari Maaren! [IMAGE] Craig Davidson is the author of Rust and Bone. The Fighter, Sarah Court, and Cataract City (fo... more
Sun. 9/30 1:30 PM ChiSeries Workshop and Robert J. Sawyer [IMAGE] The Chiroscuro Reading Series is very pleased to announce that, in partnership with Bakka Phoenix Books, we will be presenting our very first in a quarterly workshop/lecture series, featuring renowned authors in genre fiction. On Sunday, ... more
Wed. 10/10 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Ian Rogers, John McFetridge, Brent Pilkey and Kaari Maren [IMAGE] Ian Rogers is a writer, artist, and photographer. His short fiction has appeared in several publications, including Cemetery Dance, Supernatural Tales, and Shadows & Tall Trees. He is the author of the dark fiction collection Every House... more
Sun. 10/28 9:30 AM SpecFic Colloquium w/Robert Shearman, Robert Runté, Peter Watts, Helen Marshall, Liana Kerzner Featuring Talks from Major Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Authors... The Toronto SpecFic Colloquium is a one-day event featuring a series of lectures, readings and discussions from major authors and industry p... more
Wed. 11/14 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Mary Stewart Atwell & Robert Boychuk [IMAGE] Mary Stewart Atwell’s short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best American Mystery Stories. She grew up in southwest Virginia and now lives in Missouri. Her first novel, Wild Girls, has just been published by Doub... more
Wed. 12/12 8:00 PM A Very Special Hanukkah Special! Join us Wednesday, December 12 for a ChiSeries special presentation: "A Very Special Hanukkah Special". Yes, it's that time of year again! Join us at the ChiSeries as we celebrate Hanukkah. Featuring sketch comedy, readings, songs, ukelele ... more
Wed. 1/9 8:00 PM New Year's YA [IMAGE] Join us Wednesday, January 9 to bring in our first installment of the New Year with a presentation of YA writers. Leah Bobet is an activist, bookseller, and the author of ABOVE, a magical realist young adult novel from Arthur A. Levine Books.... more
Wed. 2/13 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: The Pre-Valentines Love-tacular with David Nickle, Halli Villegas, Myna Wallin and Kari Maaren [IMAGE] Join authors David Nickle, Myna Wallin and Halli Villegas as they ring in Valentine's Day with really...really...strange readings. And some great anti-Valentine's Day uklele songs from Kari Maaren! Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. [IMAGE] David ... more
Wed. 3/13 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Peter Watts, Matthew Johnson, Kate Story & Kari Maaren [IMAGE] Peter Watts ( is the author of the so-called “Rifters trilogy”; an obscure video-game novelization; and the semi-obscure semi-hit Blindsight, which was nominated for a shitload of awards (even winning a couple) a... more
Tue. 4/9 8:00 PM ChiSeries Ottawa Presents: Charles de Lint, Violette Malan and Matthew Johnson [IMAGE] Charles de Lint is known as a master in the field of contemporary fantasy, helping to pioneer the genre with his groundbreaking novel Moonheart (1984). His numerous awards and honours include the World Fantasy Award, the Canadian SF/Fantasy... more
Wed. 4/10 8:00 PM ChiSeries Toronto Presents David Clink, Jason Taniguchi and Troy Harkin It's humour night at the ChiSeries! And boy, have we got some wacky folks reading for you. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. [IMAGE] David Clink is a poet, poker player and punster. His poem, “Falling” was nominated for two awards: the Rhysling ... more
8:00 PM ChiSeries Vancouver Presents Steve Erikson, Claude Lalumiere, and Camille Alexa Come to the inaugural launch of the Chi Reading series. For this first of quarterly events we'll have Steve Erikson, Claude Lalumière and Camille Alexa reading from their works. This evening will combine three readers, a table of books to buy,... more
Wed. 5/8 8:00 PM ChiSeries Toronto Presents Eric Choi, Andrew Pyper and Julie Czernada and Kari Maaren

This evening's event will be hosted by the delightful James Bambury!

Wed. 6/12 8:00 PM ChiSeries Toronto Presents E.L. Chen, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jim Munroe, and Leon Rooke! Hosted by Sandra Kasturi!
Tue. 7/9 8:00 PM ChiSeries Toronto Presents - CZP Pentaversary and Imaginarium Launch
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