Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series

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The Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Featuring Violette Malan, Douglas Smith and Shari Lapeña

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Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
152A Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Canada  (map)


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 reading fantasy and science fiction at the age of eight, and was writing stories not long after. Violette has been a book reviewer, and has written feature articles on genre writing and literature for the Kingston Whig Standard. She has taught creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner's French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she's worked as an administrative assistant, and a carpenter's helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of speculative fiction (fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable"), with over a hundred story sales in two dozen languages around the world, including InterZone, Amazing Stories, Cicada, Baen's Universe, Weird Tales, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Postscripts, On Spec, and The Third Alternative (now Black Static, as well as anthologies from Penguin, DAW, and others.

Shari Lapeña worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. She is a graduate of The Humber School for Writers, where her mentor was David Adams Richards. Her first novel, Things Go Flying, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. She won the Globe and Mail’s Great Toronto Literary Project contest, and was shortlisted for the 2006 CBC Literary Awards. Her second novel, Happiness Economics, was published in September, 2011. She lives in Toronto and is currently at work on her third novel.

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