Guest of Honour address by Robert Runte at When Words Collide

The good people at When Words Collide, a literary arts convention held annually in Calgary, Alberta, have put up several podcasts of various lectures and speeches from the 2016 gathering. Robert Runte, Five Rivers’ senior editor, was Guest of Honour last year. His address was insightful, funny, and ultimately inspiring. We thought you might enjoy taking 30 minutes from your day to listen.

Five Rivers editorial team share a table of contents

It’s just very cool that both Robert Runté, and Lorina Stephens both have short stories published in Laksa Media Groups’ Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts.   Robert had this to say on his blog: Got my contributor’s copy of Strangers Among Us in the mail yesterday. Pretty pleased with the production values, and the company I am keeping in this anthology. The anthology will be officially launched August 12, 2016 at When…

CSFFA Hall of Fame Plaque Presented to H. A. Hargreaves

Cliff Samuels, CSFFA Awards Co-ordinator (left), Hank Hargreaves (Center), Robert Runté, Hall of Fame Committee Member, 2015 (right)The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association’s Hall of Fame acknowledges outstanding achievements that contribute to the stature of Canadian science fiction / fantasy. Inductees names are inscribed on a two-sided trophy. The two back-to-back faces are in the spirit of Janus, Roman God of doorways, of decisions and of beginnings and endings. They look forward to the…

Senior Editor, Robert Runté chosen as Editor GoH

From the Desk of Senior Editor, Robert Runté: I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as the Editor Guest of Honour for the When Words Collide Festival (Calgary), August 12-14, 2016; which is also that year’s Canvention, the Canadian national SF&F convention at which the Aurora Awards are presented. Previous Editor GoHs at WWC have included Adrien Kerr (Editor of Commercial Fiction at Penguin Canada) and super literary agent, Sally Harding, so I feel…

When Words Collide Festival Report

From the Desk of Senior Editor, Robert Runté When Words Collide (Calgary) convention was once again wildly successful, with great programming, wonderful Guest of Honour speeches, and 650 wonderful-to-meet-and-talk-with attendees. Small enough convention to feel ‘intimate’, but large and diverse enough that one constantly learns new things. The cross-genre format of WWC leads to a lot of cross-pollination. (For example, the launch of Sleuth at WWC this year, a new mystery magazine from the people…