7:30pm on Wednesday, May 6 2015
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Alice MacKay room, Central Library
Kristi Charish has worked as a scientific advisor on projects such as fantasy and sci-fi writer Diana Rowland’s series White Trash Zombie. She has been a writing instructor in the UBC Science and Creative Literacy Symposia and a repeat panelist at the VCON Science fiction and Fantasy convention. Her new book is Owl and the Japanese Circus.
Owl and the Japanese Circus
Welcome to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. That is, until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, owner of the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas, who makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
Adam Lewis Schroeder
Adam Lewis Schroeder is the author of the story collection Kingdom of Monkeys, a Danuta Gleed Award finalist, and the novel Empress of Asia, nominated for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel award and the B.C. Book Awards’ Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. His new book is All-Day Breakfast. He lives in Penticton, BC.
When widowed father and substitute teacher Peter Giller leads an eleventh-grade class on a field trip to a plastics factory, he thinks the worst that could happen is that the parent volunteers won’t show up and the kids will be rude. Then a leaking pipe sprays Peter and the students with a mysterious pink goo and “the worst that could happen” spikes from inconvenient to catastrophic. At first, the goo’s side effects are mild (an unquenchable craving for bacon), then things get spooky. Peter can’t figure out what’s happening—surely he’s not a zombie?
Russell Smith is the author of seven works of fiction. A well-know journalist and cultural commentator, he has been a CBC radio host and remains a Globe & Mail columnist. He lives and writes in Toronto. His new book is Confidence.
In Russell Smith’s darkly brilliant new collection of short stories, the reader will be introduced to ecstasy-taking PhD students; financial traders desperate for husbands; owners of failing sex stores; violent and unremovable tenants; aggressive raccoons; seedy massage parlours; experimental filmmakers who record every second of their day; wives who blog insults directed at their husbands. Every character has a secret of some kind.