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ChiSeries Presents: Peter Watts, Matthew Johnson, Kate Story & Kari Maaren

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Wednesday March 13, 2013 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Augusta House: 152 Augusta Ave. Toronto, ON  (map)

Peter Watts ( is the author of the so-called “Rifters trilogy”; an obscure video-game novelization; and the semi-obscure semi-hit Blindsight, which was nominated for a shitload of awards (even winning a couple) and which somehow ended up as a core text for a smattering of undergraduate neuropsych and philosophy courses despite an unhealthy focus on space vampires. Watts’ work is available in 17 languages; he is especially popular in Poland, for reasons which remain unclear. He probably owes at least part of his 2010 Hugo (for the novelette “The Island”;) to fan outrage over an unfortunate altercation with armed capuchins working for the US Department of Homeland Security, but he’s okay with that. The following year he decided to play the Sympathy card, by nearly dying of flesh-eating disease contacted during a routine skin biopsy. That strategy also worked insofar as “The Things” made the finals for a bunch of other prizes and even won a couple (including the Shirley Jackson Award). Watts is already hard at work on The Next Horrible Thing to catapult him towards future trophies, perhaps for his upcoming novel Echopraxia. Given his past life as a marine mammalogist, the smart money is on being gang-raped by dolphins.

Matthew Johnson's ( stories have appeared in such places as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and have been translated into Russian, Danish, and Czech. His first novel, Fall From Earth, was published in 2009 by Bundoran Press and Irregular Verbs, a collection of his short fiction, will be published by ChiZine Publications in 2014. He works as Director of Education for MediaSmarts, an internationally recognized media education organization, for whom creates lessons, computer games, comics and blogs, among other things. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Megan and a number of small mammals, some of whom are learning to talk.


His website is

Kate Story is a writer and performer. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she presently lives in Ontario. Her first novel Blasted (Killick Press, 2008 received honourable mention from the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and was longlisted for the ReLit Awards; Wrecked Upon This Shore, her second novel, has been called "magical and moving" (Jessica Grant, author of Come, Thou Tortoise) and "fantastic". (Chad Pelley, Salty

Kate's short fiction has been published in Broken Pencil, Kiss Machine, by ECW Press, The Pearl, The Link, SubTerrain, and upcoming by Wily Writers; also upcoming, a non-fiction piece will appear in The Newfoundland Quarterly. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel Antilia.

Please visit her website at

And her publisher, Killick Press, at

Kari Maaren is a hilarious songwriter and virtuoso on the ukelele and many other instruments! She is a regular at the ChiSeries.

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