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ChiSeries Presents: The Pre-Valentines Love-tacular with David Nickle, Halli Villegas, Myna Wallin and Kari Maaren

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Wednesday February 13, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
The Augusta House, 152A Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto  (map)

Join authors David Nickle, Myna Wallin and Halli Villegas as they ring in Valentine's Day with really...really...strange readings. And some great anti-Valentine's Day uklele songs from Kari Maaren! Hosted by Sandra Kasturi.

David Nickle emerged into the world the day after Valentine's Day with an elongated skull, an open heart and a steel-eyed certainty that the genre of Paranormal Romance would be his, and his alone. Alas, thus far it has eluded him, and his collection of horror stories (Monstrous Affections), his novel of hillbillies and eugenics (Eutopia) and his big Russian novel (Rasputin's Bastards) have languished unheralded in other, unrelated genres. On February 13, 2013 at the Augusta House, all that changes. Romance has a new kissy-face, and its name is David Nickle.

Halli Villegas believes that all true horror stories are love stories at heart, even if the heart is left on the kitchen table, trailing veins and ventricles all over the place. She has written her stories and books with this in mind, and says they would make excellent foreplay when read aloud if nipple tweaking is not doing the trick.


Myna Wallin is a poet, a prose writer, and editor. Her first poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Books in 2006. In 2010, her first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, also came out with Tightrope. Myna has edited a handful of books for Tightrope: three collections of poetry and two anthologies. She's read her work in Ottawa, Hamilton, Grosse Point, Michigan, and in Scotland at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her poetry has received Honourable Mentions in both the Contemporary Verse 2 Two-Day Contest, and the Descant/ Winston Collins Contest. This year she made the Descant shortlist again with her poem, "Happy Centenary, Mr. Lazarovitch." Currently Myna working on a second poetry manuscript, tentatively titled, Death, Wildlife and Taxes. She met her boyfriend last Valentine's Eve, 2013, so apologizes if one or two squishy sentiments find their way into her usually bitter, anti-romantic writing.

Kari Maaren uses her ukulele and her innocent demeanor to lure love songs into her clutches. Then she kills them, drains their blood, and sets their desiccated corpses on fire with the power of her disdain. She also teaches undergraduates about poetry. 
Her YouTube channel can be found by clicking here

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