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ChiSeries Workshop and Robert J. Sawyer

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Sunday September 30, 2012 1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Toronto, ON M5S 1G5  (map)

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, Sept. 30th, at 1:30 PM, we will have international bestselling author, Robert J. Sawyer with his interactive discussion on how to develop your own high-concept approach to writing an SF novel. The discussion will take place at Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto and is limited to only 25 seats.

Ticket price includes a copy of Rob's Arthur Ellis Award-nominated novel ILLEGAL ALIEN, snacks and drinks at the event, and a 10%-off coupon for any other merchandise at the Bakka Phoenix store. Rob will be happy to answer questions and sign autographs at the event.

Again, tickets are very limited, so please purchase early.

A Thematic Approach to Science Fiction

Science fiction is often called "the literature of ideas," and with good reason: the fresh central idea is often the defining characteristic of a science-fiction novel. Join bestselling author Robert J. Sawyer for an interactive discussion of how to come up with and develop a high concept for your own science-fiction novels by finding the theme that will give rise to your plot and characters, and enthrall your readers. Sawyer's own Aurora Award-winning novel FlashForward had its theme summarized in the opening narration of every episode of the ABC TV series based on it: "On October 6, the planet blacked out for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The whole world saw the future." Come prepared to try to distill your own notions down to something equally succinct and exciting, so that you can focus on what your story is really about. 

Robert J. Sawyer has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial, Aurora, Hal Clement, and Audie Awards, all for best novel of the year, as well as the top SF awards in Japan, China, France, and Spain. According to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, he is the #1 all-time worldwide leader in number of award wins as a science fiction or fantasy novelist. His 21st novel, Triggers, a 2012 title from Penguin Canada, was a Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Locus bestseller, and he’s hit #1 on the Technothrillers bestsellers list. Rob’s previous novels are all in print, including The Terminal ExperimentCalculating GodHominidsMindscan; RollbackFlashForward (basis for the ABC TV series); and the WWW trilogy of WakeWatch, and Wonder (each of which separately won the Aurora Award for Best Novel of the Year). His website is at

Our next workshop/lecture, coming in January 2013 will feature Julie Czerneda.
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