Come and see our authors at Can-Con!

Can-Con, or the Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Art and Fiction, is one of our favourite events of the year. This year, our authors are going to be very present, on tons of panels, and even doing a special reading event!!

We will be taking pitches (our preferred way of meeting new authors) on Saturday from 12-1 PM. Please register at the front desk, I do believe we have 2-3 spots left!! 

Please see below for opportunities to come and see (and meet!) your favourite Renaissance authors:

Signing sessions at the table:

Each author has a special spot this weekend where they will definitely be at the table. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be there at any other time, but if you come during these scheduled spots, you can be sure not to miss them!

Eric Desmarais: Saturday, 12-1 PM

Caroline Frechette: Saturday, 1-2 PM

Cait Gordon: Saturday, 4-5 PM

Evan May: Sunday, 1-2 PM

Aurelia Osborne: Saturday, 2-3 PM

Madona Skaff-Koren: Saturday, 3-4 PM

Reading by Renaissance authors:

Four of our authors will be reading from their books on Saturday, from 2 to 3 PM. Come and listen to the new works of Eric Desmarais, Caroline Frechette, Cait Gordon and Madona Skaff-Koren! 

Authors on panels:

A few of our authors will be speaking on panels this year! Here is their schedule:

Caroline Frechette

FRIDAY: 7 PM, Ursula K. Le Guin, contributions and legacy; 8 PM, Challenging creative marriages: comic book writers and artists working together

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Different ways to pitch a novel to a Publisher or Agent; 5 PM, Beyond the Coming Out Story: New queer narratives in speculative fiction

SUNDAY: 10 AM, 40 creative choices that drive away audiences; 1 PM, The Diversification of the Comics industry

Evan May

SATURDAY: 11 AM, Why doesn’t epic fantasy get critical respect?; 7 PM, Ye Olde Medievalisms in Fantasy

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Want to be on Programming Next Year?

Madona Skaff-Koren

SATURDAY: 10 AM, Weird and Different Sensory Perception in Animals

SUNDAY: 11 AM, Bodies of Difference: Disability in Spec Fic


Journey of a Thousand Steps

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by Madona Skaff-Koren

Naya had the perfect life. Co-owner of a fast growing security software company, she ran marathons in her spare time. Suddenly everything changed when she developed multiple sclerosis, and now she can barely climb a flight of stairs. Hiding at home, her computer the only contact with the outside world, she reconnects with her childhood best friend.

But when her friend disappears and the police dismiss her concerns, Naya leaves the safety of her home to find her. She ignores her physical limitations to follow a convoluted trail from high tech suspects to drug dealers, all while becoming an irritant to the police.

 

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Author Madona Skaff-Koren

MadonaMadona Skaff-Koren was a research technologist and now writes full time. She’s published several science-fiction and mystery short stories.

One of her two recent stories, which appear in “The Whole She-Bang 2”, a Toronto Sisters in Crime anthology, was a Finalist in the Arthur Ellis award for excellence in Canadian crime writing.

She lives in Ottawa, Canada. Her dog’s contribution to writing involves warming her feet. A Journey of a Thousand Steps is her debut novel.

 

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