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ChiSeries Toronto

  • 152a Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L5 Canada (map)

ROUND venue

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market.

Hosted by Sandra Kasturi

Ukulele virtuosity by Kari Maaren!

Authors reading:

Caitlin Galway is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Her novel Bonavere Howl was recently named one of ten mysteries to read by The Globe and Mail, which noted her as a writer to watch. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies by House of Anansi Press and Exile Editions (selected by Leslie Feist and Gloria Vanderbilt, respectively), as well as Riddle Fence as the 2011 Short Story Contest winner, and on CBC Books as the 2011 Stranger than Fiction winner. She's currently working on a new novel and a collection of short stories.

Su J. Sokol is an activist and a writer of speculative, liminal, and interstitial fiction. A former legal services lawyer from New York City, Su now makes Montréal her home. Cycling to Asylum, Su's debut novel, was long-listed for the Sunburst Award and has now been optioned for development into a feature-length film. Su's short fiction has appeared in The Future Fire, Spark: A Creative Anthology, TFF 10th Anniversary Anthology, Glittership: an LGBTQ Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast, Glittership: Year One anthology, and After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery. Su's new novel, Run J Run, just came out with Renaissance Press.

Una Verdandi is a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. When she is not exorcising her muses into a Word document, she is probably painting, embroidering, or pondering the meaning of life. (Just kidding—life is meaningless.) As a professional editor, she helps other fiction authors mold their demons into a marketable form and tidies up legalese and financial babble for corporate clients. Una lives in Toronto with a very vocal tabby cat and at most one potted plant. She would like to keep more greenery around the apartment, but the only thing she can successfully grow is her to-be-read pile because the cat eats her plants when she’s not looking. She has concluded that she should just get more cats and be done with it.


Kari Maaren is as the sparrow's flight through the mead hall, metaphorically speaking. The author of Copper Cylinder-winning Weave a Circle Round, the composer of songs about terrible elves and problematic movie trailers, the creator of time-travel comics that are read by almost six people, Kari is nearly always trying not to mark. She probably doesn't like your shoes.

NOTE that the Round Venue is not currently accessible--it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

Earlier Event: July 17
The Ren Rev poetry workshop
Later Event: July 18