Program

Program development for August 2016 is underway. Click here if you would like to join us as a presenter or have ideas for things you would like to see.

2016 Program In Development

Please have a look at our progress here. We update monthly. (Last updated: 2015-09-12) All items are considered tentative until the final schedule is released.

(Last year's on-line Program Book and Quick Guide are available.)


2016 Festival Guests


Marty Chan

Marty Chan

Marty writes plays for adults and books for kids. A vagabond of writing genres, Marty has written stage plays, TV scripts, and Y/A novels. He’s written over 25 plays that have been produced around the world. His hit comedy Mom, Dad, I’m Living with a White Girl had productions across Canada as well as an Off Broadway production in 2004. His thriller, The Bone House, was a hit at the Edmonton Fringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.
His popular Marty Chan Mystery series won over kids from across Canada as well as the City of Edmonton Book Prize in 2005 and a Diamond Willow Award in 2007. His Y/A steampunk fantasy series The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles is his first into this genre. The first book in the series, Demon Gate, was nominated for an Aurora Award as well as a High Plains Book Award. The third book in the series is expected to launch in 2016. Marty’s new fantasy series Keepers of the Vault hits bookstores in September 2015.
Marty was the first playwright-in-residence at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He also served as the 2011 writer-in-residence at the Edmonton Public Library. He continues to work and live in Edmonton with his wife Michelle and their two cats, Buddy and Max.

http://www.martychan.com/

Julie E. Czerneda

Julie E. Czerneda
Her first novel, A Thousand Words for Stranger, was published in 1997 to rave reviews, including being a finalist for the Campbell Best New Writer award. Since then, Canadian author/editor Julie E. Czerneda has continued to share her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, writing about shapechanging semi-immortals, terraformed worlds, salmon researchers, and the perils of power. Her novel, In the Company of Others won the Prix Aurora in 2001, as did her short story that same year, Left Foot on a Blind Man. Her fourteenth novel from DAW Books was her first fantasy, A Turn of Light, winner of the 2014 Aurora. Now a series, Night’s Edge, Book #2 was released in 2014, A Play of Shadow.
As a professional editor of fiction and non-fiction, Julie has fifteen SF/F anthologies in print, including the Tales from the Wonder Zone series, winner of the Golden Duck Award, and a Canadian Science Writers Association Award (for Polaris). Her first for DAW, Space Inc. won an Aurora Award as did Under Cover of Darkness, co-edited by Jana Paniccia. Her favourite win however remains the dozens of first-time sales to be found in her anthologies.
But her first story, begun in Thousand and grown into the Clan Chronicles, isn’t done quite yet. Julie’s in the midst of writing the finale trilogy, with This Gulf of Time and Stars, Book #1 of Reunification out in Nov 2015, to be followed by The Gate to Futures Past Sept 2016.

http://www.czerneda.com/

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the author of nine novels in the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers.
The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.

www.ianhamiltonbooks.com

Robert Runté

Robert Runté
Dr. Robert Runté took early retirement as a professor at the UoL to become Senior Editor with Five Rivers Publishing and a freelance editor and writing coach at SFeditor.ca. As an academic, editor, reviewer, and organizer, Robert has been actively promoting Canadian SF for 35 years. In addition to writing dozens of conference papers, articles, book chapters, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, he was a founding board member of SF Canada, NonCon and Context; co-editor of Tesseracts5 and editor of the NCF Guide to Canadian SF.
He has won three Aurora Awards for his promotion of Canadian SF, and two of the first novels by new authors he edited for Five Rivers were nominated for Auroras. He has edited books by Dave Duncan, Leslie Gadallah, Sally McBride, Susan MacGregor, Marie Powell, Mike Plested, Susan Bohnet, Hank Hargreaves, and non-fiction by John Poulsen, Nate Hendley, Patrick Lima, Colin Scheyen, among others. He is married, has two daughters, and writes and edits using a treadmill desk.

sfeditor.ca

Eve Silver

Eve Silver
National bestselling author Eve Silver writes for both teens and adults. She has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. In 2015 she won the OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award. Her work was shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy (2014), and was both an American Bookseller’s Association Best Book for Children and a Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens (2013). She has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. And a snake called Ragnar.

evesilver.net


Returning Festival Guests from Previous Years


Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Leslie Lefebvre’s passion for writing and love of reading led him to the book industry. He sold his first short story in 1992, and his most recent books (under the name Mark Leslie) include Haunted Hamilton and Spooky Sudbury, two non-fiction books on the paranormal published by Dundurn. A hybrid author, Mark self-published his first book One Hand Screaming, a collection of previously published short fiction, in 2004, back when no self-respecting author would even venture in that territory, and he continues to firmly embrace both indie and traditional publishing.
Mark is the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo. Photo by John Robbie.

Robert J Sawyer

Robert J Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer is the bestselling author of Hugo-winner Hominids and Nebula-winner The Terminal Experiment, plus Starplex, Frameshift, Factoring Humanity, Calculating God, Humans, Rollback, and Wake, all of which were Hugo finalists. According to the Locus, he has won more awards for his novels than anyone else in the history of the SF&F field. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg and Laurentian University, and was one of the nine initial inductees into the Canadian SF&F Hall of Fame. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name. Website: sfwriter.com.


Amazing Additional Presenters for 2016


Confirmed Presenters / Panelists

Diane Astle

Diane Astle
Dianne was once asked what kind of animal she would be, if she could be an animal. The person who asked the question was shocked when Dianne said she'd like to be a dragon. There are times in everyone's life when being able to fly high and breathe fire sound very appealing. However, if you can't be a dragon, or have a dragon as a pet, then the next best thing is to write books with dragons in them and get a dog. Dianne lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas, who gets her out walking almost every day, which is the next best thing to flying on dragon wing.
Dianne is a minister in the United Church of Canada and the author of Ben the Dragonborn and Ben and the Watcher of Zargon.

Dwayne Clayden

Dwayne Clayden
Dwayne Clayden is a writer of Crime Fiction whose first novel manuscript, Crisis Point, was a finalist for the 2015 Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged Arthur. His short story, Hell Hath No Fury, was published in AB Negative, an anthology of short stories from Alberta Crime Writers. Dwayne is a Paramedic with over 38 years in Emergency Services. A former police officer, Tactical Paramedic, and EMS Chief, he is an international speaker at EMS conferences and has published four textbooks for paramedics. Dwayne is a popular speaker in the Crime Writing community and provides police and medical procedures advice and editing to authors.

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey
Joan Donaldson-Yarmey was born in New Westminster, B.C. and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She has worked as a bartender, hotel maid, cashier, bank teller, bookkeeper, printing press operator, meat wrapper, gold prospector, warehouse shipper, house renovator and nursing attendant. Her writing career consists of historical and travel articles, and seven travel, four mystery, two science fiction, and two Canadian historical books published.
Joan loves change so has moved over thirty times in her life, living in various places throughout Alberta and B.C. She now resides on an acreage on Vancouver Island with her husband and three cats.

Sandra Fitzpatrick

Sandra Fitzpatrick
Sandra Fitzpatrick is bilingual in financial and English. She's been helping artists, writers, actors and other Creative People with their taxes, both Cdn and US since 2006. Many have not known the deductions available as self-employed people and she does several seminars each year to bring this information and more on the basics of financial planning to them. New this year is "Financial Sh*t for Creative People."
She has been writing fantasy and science fiction for over ten years and is a long time member of IFWA. A collection of Whimsical Tales is coming out this fall under Lee F. Patrick.

Susan Forest

Susan Forest
Three-time Prix Aurora Award finalist and winner of The Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzberg, Susan Forest is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and a fiction editor for Edge Press. You can find her stories in Analog, Asimov's, OnSpec, Blood and Water, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tesseracts, AE Science Fiction Review, and The Urban Green Man, or in her collection, Immunity to Strange Tales (Five Rivers Press). www.speculative-fiction.ca.

Ron Friedman

Ron S. Friedman
RON FRIEDMAN’s short stories have appeared in Galaxy’s Edge (edited by Mike Resnick), Daily Science Fiction, Not Just Rockets and Robots, Age of Certainty, and received six Honorable Mentions in Writers of the Future Contest.
Ron Co-edited Enigma Front anthology, and he won the 2013 Aurora Awards – Fan Related category.
Ron appeared as a panelist / presenter at WWC, Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, Con-version, and VCON.
For more details, please visit Ron’s website: https://ronsfriedman.wordpress.com/

Claire McCague

Claire McCague
Claire McCague is a writer, scientist, and musician who fabricates nanostructured materials by day and spins words into scripts and books as the stars rise. She works for the Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion and performs with the Sybaritic String Band. Her plays have been featured in festivals across Canada. The Rosetta Man is her first novel.

Randy McCharles

Randy McCharles
Randy McCharles is active in Calgary, Alberta's writing community with a focus on speculative fiction, usually of the wickedly humorous variety, with short stories and novellas available from Edge SF&F Publishing, House of Anansi, and Reality Skimming Press. He is the recipient of several Aurora Awards (Canada's most prestigious award for speculative fiction) and is short-listed in three categories for the upcoming 2014 Awards. In 2013, his short story Ghost-B-Gone Incorporated won the House of Anansi 7-day Ghost Story Contest. Randy's first Tyche Books publication, Much Ado About Macbeth, will be available in August 2015. www.RandyMcCharles.com.

Michell Plested

Michell Plested
Michell (Mike) Plested is an author, editor, blogger, closet superhero (not to mention sock herder and cat wrangler), podcaster and publisher living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the host of several podcasts including the writing podcast, Get Published, (2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Parsec Finalist).
Mike is the co-founder of Evil Alter Ego Press, an indie publisher focused on outstanding Young Adult fiction.
His debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award for Best YA Novel and its sequel, Mik Murdoch: The Power Within was launched at When Words Collide 2014. Five Rivers Press will release the third novel in the series, Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience in late 2016.
In 2011 he told a campfire story to his Scout Troop about Scouts and Zombies. The story was well received and was released in 2015 as the YA novel, Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague. Evil Alter Ego Publishing will release the next book in that trilogy in 2016.
His other new release in 2015 was a collaborative Steampunk work, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty.
Mike is a regular of the Calgary Young Writers’ Conference as well as book stores around the city of Calgary.

Gary Renshaw

G.W. Renshaw
G.W. Renshaw's short story Vacation appears in On Spec's Spring 2013 issue as well as the Starklight 3 anthology. His short story Hic Sunt Dracones and collection Odd Thoughts are available online. The Stable Vices Affair and The Prince and the Puppet Affair, the first two installments of The Chandler Affairs, are available in paperback and e-book. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @gwrenshaw
http://gwrenshaw.ca/

Sharon Skretting

Sharon Skretting
Sharon Skretting is the author of The Ultimate Treasure Quest Series, The Wander Series of interactive journals, and the founder of Quest Teaching at www.questteaching.com. She resides in a small, Alberta town with her husband and Scat the cat. As a teacher, she’s been telling stories to inspire learning for twenty years.
When her three grown children flew the coop, it was time to pursue her passion for writing. Her fast paced, page-turning adventures are proving to be a hit with her readers! In addition to her novels and journals, she blogs on her Quest Teaching site as well as on the BAM Radio Network EdWords blog.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith (a.k.a. Girl Tries Life) has been a lifestyle blogger for over two years, helping her readers make the most of their limited travel opportunities, sharing tips learned about writing process and her musings on motherhood. In 2016 she published a non-fiction ebook, How To Take a Leave of Absence to Travel. She is currently working on a travel guide to a Scottish Island, the first book in her women’s fiction series and, of course, keeping the blog interesting and engaging for her readers.

S. G. Wong

S. G. Wong
SG Wong writes noir-tinged, alternate history novels and short stories—filled with ghosts and magic. Her debut novel, DIE ON YOUR FEET, was a finalist for a 2014 Arthur Ellis Award. She holds a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature. She is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, Crime Writers of Canada, and Sisters in Crime. She has been a panelist/moderator/presenter at: Edmonton & Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expos, PureSpec Science Fiction Festival, Words in 3D 2015 literary conference, Bloody Words XIII mystery convention, and When Words Collide. www.sgwong.com