Allow me to introduce: Candas Jane Dorsey

Candas Jane Dorsey is Canada’s Ursula K. leGuin. An insightful, provocative writer and poet, she is a passionate arts advocate and champion of social justice. If you dig into much of Canada’s SF&F movement, you will likely find Candas somewhere there in the background. An Alberta native, Candas has been writing from the time she was a girl, completely fearless in her deconstruction of boundaries in genre and gender. As well as her work as…

The Boy on the Bicycle book launch

Five Rivers Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of Nate Hendley’s new book, The Boy on the Bicycle, about a largely forgotten case of wrongful conviction that took place in Toronto. The case involved a 14 year-old boy, falsely accused of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in 1956. The launch takes place August 14, 2018 at Toronto Reference Library starting at 7 pm. The event is free…

Allow me to introduce: Derryl Murphy

In 2012 Robert Runté introduced me to Derryl Murphy, Manitoba native, cli-fi and SF writer. Derryl had a remarkable collection of short fiction, Wasps at the Speed of Sound, for which the rights had reverted to him. After reading the collection, I was deeply impressed with his vision and gritty presentation of what life might be like were we to abandon all attempts to live in harmony with this planet. For me, it was imperative Wasps at the…

Prix Aurora Award nominations now open

The Prix Aurora Awards are now open for nomination. Five Rivers Publishing has several eligible works you should consider: In the Novel Category A Poisoned Prayer, by Michael Skeet. This is a swashbuckling tale with a strong female protagonist, an interesting twist on magic and Catholicism, set in a pseudo-17th century France around the time of The Three Musketeers.  A Time and a Place, by Joe Mahoney. Weird, wonderful, a Dirk Gentlyesque tale gone complete awry and absurd….

Allow me to introduce: J.W. Schnarr

J.W. Schnarr—a remarkable person, and a remarkable writer of horror who makes his living as an award-winning journalist and photographer for the Lethbridge Herald. Again through an introduction by Robert Runté, I met J.W. Schnarr in 2012 when Bill pitched the idea of his collection of stories, Things Falling Apart.  Beyond the comfort zone I have to admit to being shocked when I read Bill’s collection of shorts. He went beyond my personal aesthetic of justifiable…