Natalie Cousineau

Natalie has a long list of passions, but two of her favourites are writing and editing. She believes that stories inspire us, teach us, and make us better people—more than we could ever realize. A Professional Writing graduate and a published author, Natalie strives to make the world a better place…one story at a time.


Massive 5th anniversary party,

It’s been five years already since Renaissance was founded by a group of friends, and it hasn’t just grown in that time – it’s exploded. In that period of time, we  signed a total of 19 Canadian authorsbuilt a team of 13 editors, designers, and artists; published twenty novels and three games; and are planning ten more releases, including one game and one anthology, by the end of 2019.

 

We’re having a party to celebrate our accomplishments, and most of all, our amazing people. We’d love for you all to join us at the Red Lion (47 Clarence St., Ottawa) on Sunday May 27th, 5-7 PM. Entrance is FREE, and you’ll be able to buy our books and get them signed by our authors!

Since we’ve always been very silly, geeky people, we invite you to attend cosplaying as your favorite literary character. This is entirely optional, but we will be giving out a prize to the best/cleverest costume!

Don’t worry if you don’t feel like dressing up – as always, we’ll also be giving out excellent door prizes as well!

Last, but not least, Frankenstein lovers, you’re in luck! As part of their fifth birthday celebration, Renaissance is also launching an anthology to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is currently on Kickstarter, funded in just under a week! — and all backers of the Kickstarter project will enjoy an additional 10% off any Renaissance purchase they make at the launch!

As part of our celebration, we will be launching four new titles, all by Ottawa authors, some of whom you already know and love, and some brand-new names you’ll quickly add to your favorites:

Life After Redby by Kaitlin Caul (Horror)
Die. Become a zombie. Get needled. Do it all over again. Caught in the endless cycle of death, zombification, and resurrection, Cass became scarred inside and out. Now, her skills are needed again. ISBN: 978-1-987963-29-8

Life and Lemonade by Jamieson Wolf (LGBTQIAPP2+)
All’s fair in love and war . . . but sometimes life gets in the way. ISBN: 978-1-987963-36-6 – Available now!

The Sign of Faust (Baker City Mysteries, Elizabeth book 2) by Éric Desmarais (YA Supernatural suspense)
Can Elizabeth find out who’s trying to kill her — and discover the source of everyone’s luck — while navigating dating, concerts, school, and competing in the science Olympics? ISBN: 978-1-987963-33-5 – Available now! 

To Pluck a Crow by Sue Taylor-Davidson (Historical mystery)
Could Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets have been written by more than one person? As Janek and Sarah investigate, they get tangled up in another mystery. ISBN: 978-1-987963-30-4 – Available now! 

 

ACCESSIBILITY

This location has a street-facing accessible entrance, and a city parking lot directly across the street from it.

We will have a specialized menu for the event which will include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

The location unfortunately could not offer gender-neutral restrooms at this time, but we will have designated and clearly identified bathroom buddies to accompany you to the bathroom for any reason, no questions asked.

MENU

The location has provided us with a specialized menu just for the event. Please note that burgers have optional gluten-free buns!

Nachos $17 : Corn Chips/ Pico de Gallo/ shredded cheese/ Jalapeños/ sour cream/ salsa/ guacamole.

Spicy Thai Chicken Bites $15 : Breaded chicken/ cucumbers/ sweet & spicy Thai sauce

Chicken Wings $15 : Breaded Wings/ Fries

Classic Poutine $15 : French Fries/ Cheese Curds/ Gravy

Kung-Pao Calamari $15 : Spicy Breaded Calamari/ Cucumbers/ Red Onions

Caesar Salad $15 : Romain Mix/ Parmesan/ Bacon Bits/ Croutons/ Creamy Caesar Dressing

Chicken Avocado Salad $17 : Heritage mix/ Red Peppers/ Red Onions/ Balsamic dressing/ Avocados/ Cheese

Fish &; Chips $16 : Haddock/ Beer Batter/ Fries/ Tartar Sauce

Garlic & Herb Chicken Sandwich $17 : Garlic Chicken/ Bacon/ Cheddar cheese/ Southwestern ranch/ Pico De Gallo/ Lettuce/ Avocado/ Kaiser bun

The Loaded Stack Burger $17 : Double Beef Patty/ Sautéed Mushroom & Onions/ Southwestern Ranch/ Bacon/ Cheddar & Swiss Cheese/ Lettuce/ Tomatoes/ Pickles/ Kaiser

Shepherds Pie $15 : Ground Beef/ Corn/ Mash/ Cheese/ Gravy

Bangers & Mash $15 : Banger sausages/ Mash/ Onions/ Bacon/ Gravy

Chicken Curry $17: Chicken Curry/ Rice/ Naan

Sundried Tomato Pesto Penne $15 (available Gluten Free) : Broccoli/ Sundried Tomatoes/ Mushrooms/ Pesto/ Cream/ Penne


Su J. Sokol

Su J. Sokol is an activist and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, she immigrated to Canada with her family in 2004 and now makes Montréal her home. Su works as a social rights advocate for a community organization where she speaks French (and English) with a New York accent.

Cycling to Asylum, Su’s debut novel, was long-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction and reviews have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Su also curates and participates in readings and literary events in Canada and abroad.

Books

Run J. Run (Coming 2019)


Our Frankenkickstarter is ALIIIIVE!

Our Kickstarter is aliiiive! 

Our Kickstarter campaign is live as of right now! Help us get the funds we need to make this anthology all it can possibly be!! The campaign has amazing perks, and you should definitely go over to Kickstarter right now and check it out!! 

Here’s a bit more info:

We Shall Be Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Two Centuries On will feature a broad range of fiction stories, from direct interactions with Shelley’s texts to explorations of the stitched, assembled body and narrative experiments in monstrous creations. We Shall Be Monsters is a fiction collection that will feature explorations of disability through Frankenstein, queer and trans identity, ideas of race and colonialism. Shelley’s story provides a space for exploring a multitude of identities through the figure of the sympathetic outsider. Frankenstein’s “monster” is a figure of Otherness, and one that can tell stories of exclusion and social oppression.

About the Editor 

Derek Newman-Stille is a 7-time winner of the Prix Aurora Award, the highest award in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is currently also editing Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins (Exile, 2018), and has written for publications like Quill & Quire, Accessing the Future and The Playground of Lost Toys. He has published academic works in works like The Canadian Fantastic in Focus, Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, and Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings. In his academic life, Derek is a scholar of disability and queer studies, examining how popular media portray oppressed identities. In his role as a critic, writer, and interviewer, Derek seeks to open up discussions about speculative fiction, fantastica, and the imagination.

The rewards: 

At the Electric level, you’ll receive an ebook copy of the anthology.

At the Monster Itself level, you’ll receive a physical copy of the book.

At the Monstrous Renaissance level, in addition to a copy of the anthology, you will receive a selection of Renaissance’s complete novels in ebook format. To find out more about the listed books and their authors, please visit https://renaissancebookpress.com/.

The Monstrous Selves level, in addition to having your name listed on the supporters’ page and receiving a copy of the book. allows you to submit a picture and Nathan Caro Fréchette will “monsterize” you, turning you into Frankenstein’s monster:

Derek
Derek

 

Frankenderek
Frankenderek

At the Raising the Writer level, in addition to having your name on the supporters’ page and receiving a copy of the book, you’ll be able to participate to an exclusive writing workshop on Google Hangout to explore your inner writer and improve your writing skills.

Stretch goals  

Audible Monsters: at 4,000 CA$, we will produce an audio version of the book.

A Monstrous Instruction: at 6,000 CA$, we will produce an ebook of Derek Newman-Stille’s The Essential Frankenstein 101 Syllabus. We will also record video lectures and discussions with the following experts:

– Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein by Anya Heise-von der Lippe from Universitat Tubingen;

– Scholarly Discussion on the Universal Studios Frankenstein Films and Queer Identities by Sarah Milner from Trent University

– Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and Monstrous Geographies by Erin Vander Wall, George Washington University

– Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and 19th Century Horror by Sean Moreland from Ottawa University

– Lecture on Frankenstein, Disability, and Gender by Derek Newman-Stille from Trent University

– Scholarly Discussion on Frankenstein and Colonialism by Ashley Morford

If this stretch goal is reached, we will include a DVD of the full selection of lectures and/or links to streaming versions of the videos to all reward levels

A Monstrous Display: at 7,000CA$, we will produce digital Frankenstein Art by Derek Newman-Stille and Nathan Caro Fréchette, dramatic readings of sections from Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein, and a Frankenstein radio play performance. These audio and digital art files will be added as a CD and/or downloadable resource with every reward level

Well, what are you still doing here? You should be over on Kickstarter!! 


Stephen Graham-King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, JUST BREATHE, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three year battle with metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer-themed space opera, and his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies NORTH OF INFINITY II, DESOLATE PLACES and RUINS METROPOLIS. His first novel, CHASING COLD, was released in 2012, followed by the first books in the Maverick Heart Cycle, SOUL’S BLOOD, (2016) and GATECRASHER (2017).

 

 

Books

A Congress of Ships (coming 2019)


Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst is an author, animator and all-around arts junkie from Hamilton, Ontario. She began writing books as a child, because she couldn’t find enough books that made rural Niagara magical. Her previous credits include They Called Her Canada: The War Diaries of Nursing Sister Bessie Beyer and contributions to the Mousehunt and Levynlight apps. On a typical weekend, you can find her at the museum, enjoying live theatre, or reading books at the gym.

Books

The Face in the Marsh – Coming soon!

 


MJ Lyons

MJ Lyons is a writer, journalist and game maker. Covering arts and culture, he has written for dozens of publications, and penned a five-year-long column with a colleague on lesser known LGBT history, History Boys, for Xtra, Canada’s national queer news source. Recently he has contributed writing to game projects including LongStory, a LGBT-positive dating sim for young people, and The Last Taxi, a dystopian resource management VR game. He has contributed stories to Shousetsu Bang*Bang, a webzine for original gay fiction and boys’ love stories, and published his short story “To kill a god” in Twopenny Books’ Clockwork Cairo anthology. He lives in Toronto with his goblin of a cat.

Books

Murder at the World Fair – Coming soon!


Ronnie Ritchie

Ronnie Ritchie is a comic artist and storyteller originally from the rural Northern California coast, now living and working in Peterborough, ON. They are the creator of the autobiographical comic GQutie and contributed to comic anthologies We’re Still Here and Wayward Sisters. Their comics have been used to educate others across the world, in classrooms as well as online.

Books

It’s Complicated! A complete collection 2015-2017 (Coming in 2018!)


Five shillings and sixpence by ‘Nathan Burgoine

Our countdown to the winter solstice concludes today. Thank you for following it this month!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them has written a short piece or created something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Magic Man, by Jamieson Wolf.

Today’s entry is called Five Shilling and Sixpence by ‘Nathan Burgoine.

Make sure to come back next year, this was so much fun we’ll definitely do it again!


The Magic Man by Jamieson Wolf

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Spirit of Holidays, by Jennifer Carole Lewis.

Today’s entry is called The Magic Man, by Jamieson Wolf.

Make sure to come back on Christmas Eve to see the next installment in the series, by ‘Nathan Burgoine!


The Spirit of Holidays by Jennifer Carole Lewis

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was A Family by Choice Christmas, by Nathan Caro Fréchette.

Today’s entry is called The Spirit of Holidays, by Jennifer Carole Lewis.

Make sure to come back on Christmas Eve to see the next installment in the series, by Jamieson Wolf!


A Family by Choice Christmas by Nathan Caro Fréchette

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was La Bafana, by Derek Newman-Stille.

Today’s entry is called A Family by Choice Christmas, by Nathan Caro Fréchette.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Jennifer Carole Lewis!


La Bafana by Derek Newman-Stille

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Guardian, by Jen Desmarais. 

Today’s entry is called La Bafana, by Derek Newman-Stille.

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Nathan Caro Fréchette!


The Guardian by Jen Desmarais

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi.

Today’s entry is called The Guardian, by Jen Desmarais. 

Make sure to come back tomorrow to see the next installment in the series, by Derek Newman-Stille!


Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi

Our countdown to the winter solstice continues!

Around this time of the year comes a number of important religious celebrations around the world. To celebrate, we’ve brought together quite a few amazing independent authors and artists for an advent calendar of blog posts.

Each of them will write a short piece or create something related to the celebration closest to their heart.

Yesterday’s story was The Year Christmas Got Cancelled by JF Garrard. 

Today’s entry is called Shadows of Winter by Una Verdandi.

Make sure to come back on Friday to see the next installment in the series, by Jen Desmarais!