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


Sun. 3/28 10:00 AM Beat the Block: One Day Fiction Workshop Writing is essentially a spontaneous endeavor. When we get stuck, we lose our ability to free associate and intuitively respond to our own narrative. Our workshops pair improv games with writing exercises designed to get you back in touch with y... more
Fri. 4/9
Sun. 4/11
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
Ad Astra Literary Convention

Guests of Honour

Aaron Allston

Eric Flint

Todd McCaffrey

Cathy Palmer-Lister

Robert J. Sawyer


Special Guests

Heather Dale

Thea Munster

Nerdgasm Comedy




Sat. 10/23 9:00 AM Toronto SpecFic Colloquium We will run six 45-minute speakers’ workshops/lectures from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a one-hour break for lunch and 15 minute coffee breaks throughout. These workshops/lectures will feature a majorCanadian speculative fiction author who will a... more
Wed. 11/10 8:00 PM Chiaroscuro Kick-off Readings Due to a number of conflicts on that date, we've decided to postpone kicking off the Reading Series until Dec. 8th with a Very ChiZine Christmas -- guests include Liana K, Jason Taniguchi, Karl Schroeder and David Nickle! If you're looking for Robert... more
Wed. 12/8 8:00 PM A Very Special ChiZine Holiday Special Special We've decided to bring our own special brand of holiday cheer. The event will be hosted by Liana K, and guests include Jason Taniguchi with a one of his much-missed comedy sketches, Gord Zajac with the brand, spanking new Karnage Christmas; and Karl ... more
Tue. 1/11 8:00 PM Midwinter Tales [IMAGE] [IMAGE] [IMAGE] We've got three fabulous authors lined up to give you another kind of January chills... Peter Watts, the Hugo-award winning author of the Rifters trilogy and the novel Blindsight Caitlin Sweet, the Aurora- and Locus-... more
Tue. 2/8 8:00 PM Bakka to the Future The Bakka Phoenix Bookstore is something of a landmark in the Toronto spec fic literary scene. Several noted Canadian science fiction and fantasy authors, including Robert J. Sawyer, Tanya Huff, Michelle Sagara, Cory Doctorow, and Nalo Hopkinson, ha... more
Sun. 3/6 8:00 PM Cory Doctorow Comes to Town (We're not sure who is leaving...) *Please note the time change from the afternoon to evening. After her tenure in 1987 as writer-in-residence at the Merril Collection, Judith Merril founded the writing workshop that came to be known as the Cecil Street Irregulars. With Cory Doc... more
Tue. 4/12 8:00 PM The Robs Take Toronto And Toronto will never be the same again... Robert Shearman has worked as a writer for television, radio and the stage. He was appointed resident dramatist at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and has received several international awards for his ... more
Wed. 5/11 8:00 PM Spring Fling Spring is in the air: the zombies are rising; the dragons are mating; and the authors are poking their heads out of their holes to test their shadows. CZP and the Chiaroscuro Reading Series would like to invite you to help us celebrate our own... more
Tue. 6/7 8:00 PM The Toronto Launch of THE THIRTEEN by Susie Moloney Mark Tuesday, June 7th on your calendars! The Chiaroscuro Reading Series and Random House will co-host the Toronto launch for the divine Susie Moloney's new book, THE THIRTEEN, at the Trane Studio on Bathurst Street! The Witches of Eastwick meets De... more
Wed. 7/13 8:00 PM A Night of Wonders Join us and three spectacular readers for a night of cosmic spectacles, ghostly hauntings, and fantastic visions... Teresa Milbrodt Teresa Milbrodt grew up in northwest Ohio and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State Univers... more
Wed. 8/10 8:00 PM The Unholy Three We're very proud to welcome some of the best new voices in dark fantasy and horror: the sultans of scare, the princes of panic, the grusome threesom... THE UNHOLY THREE! * Simon Strantzas is the author of the critically-acclaimed COLD TO THE TOUC... more
Wed. 9/14 8:00 PM A Chill in the Air Join the Chiaroscuro Reading Series for a night of deliciously chilling stories featuring Katherine Govier, Helen Marshall and Mark Sedore. ** Katherine Govier is the author of nine novels and three short story collections. Her most recent novel... more
Sat. 10/15 9:00 AM 2011 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium 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 professionals. Register at... more
Wed. 11/9 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Samantha Beiko, Joey Comeau & Liisa Ladouceur! After a brief October hiatus for the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, the ChiSeries is back in swing again with our three delightful November readers, all of them authors from ECW Press!! New Torontonian and former Winnipegger, Samantha Beiko spends t... more
Wed. 12/14 8:00 PM A Very ChiZine Holiday Special Special The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is delighted to return for a Very ChiZine Holiday Special Special, hosted by special guest Liana K. Prepare yourself for a night of books, booze and holiday entertainment fit to wake the dead! Don Bassingthwaite &... more
Wed. 1/11 8:00 PM The Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Featuring Violette Malan, Douglas Smith and Shari Lapeña Join us to welcome in the new year with a trio of stellar authors hosted by David Nickle... Violette Malan has a PhD from York University in 18th-Century English Literature, but reports that most people don't hold it against her. She started read... more
Wed. 2/8 8:00 PM The Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Featuring Madeline Ashby, Kari Maaren and Mike Bryant Join us to welcome in a host of fantastic guests... Madeline Ashby is a science fiction writer and futurist living in Toronto. Her debut novel, vN, will be available from Angry Robot Books this summer. Her other stories have been published in Nature... more
Wed. 3/14 8:00 PM ChiSeries Presents: Andrew Pyper, Alyxandra Harvey & David Clink! The ChiSeries is pleased to invite Andrew Pyper, Alexandra Harvey and David Clink! Andrew Pyper was born in Stratford, Ontario in 1968. He is the author of Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, as well as the five novels to date (Lost Girls, The ... more
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