Chiaroscuro Reading and Workshop Series

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VANCOUVER: Second Wednesday - January, April, July, October

Vancouver ChiSeries Feb. 12th!

The next Vancouver ChiSeries will take place on Feb 12th, 8pm at the Tangent Cafe (2095 Commercial Drive)!

Join us for readings by poet Ray Hsu, short fiction writer Geoff Cole, and novelist Noah Chinn!

Ray Hsu is the author of two books of poetry. He taught creative writing for three years in a US prison, has given a TED talk on creativity, and was named one of the city's "most promising young entrepreneurs" (Globe & Mail). He is co-founder of ROOM+BOARD, an online home for those who write.

Geoff Coleís short fiction has appeared in such publications as Clarkesworld, Intergalactic Medicine Show, New Worlds, and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Geoff has degrees in biology and engineering. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wonderful wife, baby, and giant dog. Please visit Geoff at

Noah Chinn was born in Oshawa, Ontario, and had never quite forgiven it for that. Shortly after university he moved to Tokyo, Japan, where he taught English for three years - yet barely managed to learn a word of Japanese.
After that he moved to London, England to make it as a writer. Unfortunately the closest he came to literary success was working at several bookstores - each of which mysteriously closed down after his stay.
Before writing novels he had a long running comic strip called Fuzzy Knights, which featured the adventures of stuffed toy animals playing Dungeons and Dragons, and the evil hamster trying to destroy them all.
The doctors are unsure whether they should increase or decrease his medication.

ChiSeries: Vancouver

ChiSeries Vancouver will take place the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October. 
Join us at the Patricia Hotel on 403 East Hastings Street, Vancouver.

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ChiSeries Vancouver - Wednesday July 10, 2013

The ChiSeries Vancouver returns! The July 10th reading will feature Eileen Kernaghan, Linda DeMeulemeester, and Hiromi Goto! 

Eileen Kernaghan's eight historical fantasy novels reflect her fascination with other times and places, from the prehistoric Indus Valley to Victorian England. Eileen is a three-time Aurora Award winner, and her YA/teen novel Wild Talent: a Novel of the Supernatural, set in London and Paris 1888, was shortlisted for the 2009 Sunburst Award. A collection of her speculative poetry, Tales from the Holograph Woods, was published in 2009 by Wattle & Daub Books. Eileen lives in New Westminster.

Linda DeMeulemeester began her writing career publishing short stories: horror fiction in ChiZine, science fiction and dark fantasy in Canadian magazines Neo-Opsis and Storyteller, and in anthologies. The idea for her first children's novel about soccer, evil fairies, and Celtic myth, The Secret of Grim Hill, came to her while watching her son play soccer in October on a hill in the middle of the rain forest. The fog rolled in and inspired the overall spookiness of the books. Published in 2007, The Secret of Grim Hill was named the top ten "Great books of the year" by the Canadian Toy Testing Council, reviewed by the Globe and Mail, short listed for the Hackmatack, Red Cedar, and Diamond Willow awards, and was the winner of the Ontario Library Association's Silver Birch award. This led to a sequel and then a series. The books have made it to the Canadian bestseller list and have been translated into French, Spanish, and Korean.

Hiromi Goto is the award-winning author of many books for youth and adults. Her adult novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, was the recipient of the regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize Award for best first book, as well as co-winner of the Japan-Canada Book Award. Her second adult novel, The Kappa Child, was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award. More recently her YA novel, Half World, was winner of the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Parallax Award and was long-listed for the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award. Her latest YA publication, companion book to Half World, is Darkest Light. She is finishing up her tenure as Writer-in-residence with Athabasca University, serving as a mentor through SFU's The Writer's Studio, and at work on a graphic novel. Visit her website:, blog:, and twitter:

Photo by Kiely Ramos

Donations appreciated! All money goes to fund the event and pay the readers! See you there!