Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series

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VANCOUVER: Second Wednesday - January, April, July, October

ChiSeries Toronto Feb. 19th!

The next ChiSeries Toronto is Feb. 19th, 8pm at the ROUND Venue (152A Augusta Ave)!

Readings by authors Nancy Baker, David Keyes and Liisa Ladouceur. And Kari Maaren on ukelele. Plus a possible surprise guest!




Nancy Baker is the author of three vampire novels, long out-of-print, which have now been revived (risen from the grave?) by ChiZine Publications as e-books. The Night Inside, Blood and Chrysanthemums, and A Terrible Beauty will all be available in March 2014. Her next book, a fantasy novel titled Cold Hillside, is finally almost finished....she swears.


















David Keyes was born on an island in the Adriatic Sea, but was raised in a suburb of Toronto. His career in the arts spans almost 30 years and includes musical works for dance, film and stage, literary pursuits, screenplays, art happenings, curatorship, coffin making and fashion. He spent most of the 1980s involved with music, playing with a number of bands including the punk free-for-all, The Polkaholics and with the feminist riot girls, Fifth Column. In the 1990s he began concentrating on publishing limited editions of handbound books. In 2009 he started a small couture line, which featured funeral fashions for the young at heart or just broken hearted. He most recent books are I Do So Worry For All Those Lost At Sea (The House of Pomegranates Press) and The Blood Red Heiress, A Cecil Herbert Woolley Mystery (The House of Pomegranates Press) .

Keyes lives in Toronto in a haunted house where pumpkins grow on his lawn. He makes paper coffins and likes martinis and cats.








Liisa Ladouceur is a poet and an arts journalist living in Toronto who obsesses over arcane words and dead things. She is the author Encyclopedia Gothica and How to Kill a Vampire: Fangs in Folklore Film and Fiction. Her next poetry manuscript-in-progress is called Requiem Birds.

ChiSeries Toronto

The Toronto edition of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series takes place the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm. 

Our current home is the ROUND Venue (Formerly the Augusta House) in Kensington Market:
152 Augusta Avenue 
Toronto Ontario M5T 1J2 Canada



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ChiSeries Toronto - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Toronto ChiSeries continues at the Augusta House, featuring a new group of readings and musical interludes! 8pm to 11pm!
Hosted by James Bambury!


Originally from Morden, Manitoba, Chadwick Ginther was fascinated by Norse mythology at an early age. Today, he spins sagas of his own set in the wild spaces of Canada’s western wilderness where surely monsters must exist. Chadwick is a regular contributor to Quill & Quire, the Winnipeg Review, and Prairie Books NOW. His short fiction has also appeared in On Spec Magazine, Tesseracts 16, and Fungi. His first novel, Thunder Road was nominated for a Prix Aurora Award. He lives and writes in Winnipeg.
PICChantal Guertin
PICEvan Munday.
 KARI MAAREN is the ChiSeries official composer! Her ukelele musings can be found on the CD, "Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off." You can also hear/watch her on her Youtube Channel.




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