19. Writers on Mystery and Magic
A Mood Series Event
A Mood Series Event
Fantastic and magical novels transport readers to different worlds — places full of possibility and rich with new hope. Writers of fantasy invent new narratives and explore incredible worlds that move far beyond what we know, that traverse time and space with breathtaking detail and imagery. In this Mood Series event authors Samantha Garner (The Quiet is Loud), Ausma Zehanat Khan (The Bladebone), and Evan Winter (The Fires of Vengeance) dive into the importance of mystery and magic in times of ease and times of trouble.
In these 70-minute conversations, belonging, hope, grief, love, isolation, magic, transformation, and fear, readers will hear from authors who have published or written work in unprecedented conditions. Moderators will discuss these moods and themes with authors, unpacking each mood and its connection to their lives and their work.
Each mood event will be followed by a discussion in our festival lounge – providing attendees with the opportunity to respond to the facilitated conversation.
Events scheduled for May 1-15 are available via an all-access festival pass. The festival pass costs $39 and gives you access to a virtual festival platform, which includes an auditorium hosting forty virtual events, an exhibit hall with a live chat feature for communicating with vendors, and a lounge for engaging in discussions before and after events with other festival-goers.
Passholders will have be able to compete in the space for incredible prizes and will have access to the platform and all of the recorded festival events, as well as bonus content, until May 30, 2021. If the cost of the pass is prohibitive, please fill out the Patron Pass form, and a pass will be made available.
Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the critically acclaimed Khattak/Getty crime series, and the Khorasan Archives fantasy series. She holds a Ph.D. in international law, and frequently writes about human rights issues. Blackwater Falls, her new crime novel, will be published by Minotaur in 2022. Ausma currently lives in Colorado with her husband.
Called “Canada’s answer to George R. R. Martin” by the Globe and Mail, Evan Winter, winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel, is a Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and Locus best selling author of speculative fiction. His debut novel, The Rage of Dragons, is the opening to an epic fantasy quartet that began life as a self-published novel before being acquired for republication by Hachette’s Orbit Books. Most recently, TIME magazine named it one THE 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME, and its sequel has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist.
Samantha Garner is based in Toronto, and also called Calgary home for nine years. Her short fiction and poetry has previously appeared in Broken Pencil, Sundog Lit, Kiss Machine, The Fiddlehead, Storychord, WhiskeyPaper and The Quarantine Review. She can be found online at samanthagarner.ca. Her first novel, The Quiet Is Loud, is out in May 2021 with Invisible Publishing,
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