Tuesday night was the latest ChiSeries reading here in Ottawa, held as usual at Maxwell’s on Elgin Street. Also as per usual, the night did not disappoint. Award-winning writer Yves Meynard presented a unique and dark take on mermaids, Evan Munday read from his hilarious Dead Kid Detective Agency series (which is somehow for children, but with sophisticated enough humor for adults to enjoy) and Linda Poitevin graced us with the launch of the final book in her Grigori Legacy series, which to me seemed akin to The Dresden Files, but centered on a war between heaven and hell instead of magic. That connection is probably why I picked up the first book in Poitevin’s series; expect a few thoughts on it in the very near future.
If you’ve never made it out to ChiSeries Ottawa, and you’re a writer or a fan of speculative fiction, you’re seriously missing out. There is a vibrant writing community here in Ottawa, and the organizers of the ChiSeries are right at the heart of it. Alongside them are the organizers of Can Con, our city’s annual speculative fiction writing conference. Derek Kunsken, conference chair, was on hand to reveal some of the programming being lined up this year – and all I could think was “wow.” Last year’s Can Con was brilliant, but if even half of the panels and workshops Derek described happen, this year’s conference will blow it right out of the water.
For more information about Tuesday’s readers:
- Linda Poitevin: http://www.lindapoitevin.com/ or @lindapoitevin
- Evan Munday: http://www.idontlikemundays.com/ or @idontlikemunday
- Yves Meynard: http://pages.videotron.com/ymeynard/