What We Do
The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is open to the public and offers readings from authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
We want to provide a casual environment for fans of genre material to discover new authors and meet with old favourites.
Authors from backgrounds of under-represented groups, minorities, and at-risk communities have found a welcoming environment for their work and a venue for sharing their stories, literal and figurative, at the Chiarscuro Reading Series. We have also provided a place for authors who identify as queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, bisexual, asexual, ally, gay, and genderqueer, to share their work with a wider audience, and hope, in future, to host authors from still more aspects of that pan-inclusive, and too often marginalized, aspect of the Canadian Field.
We are open to any and all under-represented groups, and actively seek out writers with interesting stories to tell, fascinating viewpoints to share, and authors from distinct backgrounds who represent a different, or alternate view, from what we normally see. In a city as richly diverse as Toronto we consider this a necessity and a privilege, and will continue to make it our business to seek out compelling, accomplished, and emerging professional writers from different cultural and social perspectives.
Are you a publisher or agent with authors you would like to feature at our series? Or an author who's looking for a new venue to read? Contact us!
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If you've been to any ChiSeries event of the past year you have no doubt been entertained by the performances of our resident songwriter and ukulele virtuoso, Kari Maaren.
Her original compositions send up and skewer from superheroes, Sasquatches, sparkly vampires, Santa Claus, George R.R. Martin and more.
We may not know when our city will be taken over by robots from outer space but Kari has already written the protest songs in advance for us to sing in revolt (and she is undoubtedly has material prepared for any number of similar speculative catastrophes.)
Now, for the first time, you can revisit many of her songs on her new YouTube channel.
The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award based on excellence of writing in two categories: adult and young adult. The awards are presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year. Learn more here...