Five Rivers at When Words Collide Festival

From the Desk of Robert Runte: Five Rivers will have seven authors and two staff attending the When Words Collide Festival in Calgary, August 14-16, 2015. It’s my favorite writers convention because of the high proportion of writers, the cross-genre orientation/cross-pollination, and the high quality of the programming. I missed that Susan MacGregor (pictured below) was going to WWC this year until after I’d already done the poster, but she’ll be there too, and doing…

Aaron Kite at When Words Collide 2014

Aaron Kite, author of the popular YA fantasy, A Touch of Poison, appeared this year at When Words Collide in Calgary to launch his new novel, and speak on several panels including one on writing YA fiction. His insights, humour and pragmatic approach to world-building and writing captured the audience. A Touch of Poison is available in print and eBook from Five Rivers, online booksellers worldwide, and select bookstores.

D.G. Laderoute at When Words Collide

D.G. Laderoute, author of the spell-binding YA fantasy, Out of Time, sat on several panels at this year’s When Words Collide convention of readers, writers and those involved in the publishing industry. One of the panels was Live Action Slush — YA Edition. The concept is writers put forward their work anonymously for the panel to read, and then the audience and panel comment, blind. Fabulous concept. If ever you have an opportunity to hear…

More Photos from When Words Collide 2014

Five Rivers book launch at When Words Collide, Calgary, Aug 2014. Five of the six authors from the Spring / Summer lineup were available at the conference to do ‘teaser’ readings and sign their latest releases. From L-R: Susan Bohnet, Aaron Kite, Mike Plested, Ann Marston and Susan MacGregor. Part of the attentive audience at the launch readings.

Susan MacGregor at When Words Collide

Susan MacGregor’s second novel in the Tattooed Witch Trilogy, The Tattooed Seer, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Prix Aurora. This past weekend she and Chadwick Ginther, also shortlisted for his novel Tombstone Blues, mugged it for the cameras in an all-out pseudo fracas. Susan says her image is so blurry because she was so lightning fast. Susan MacGregor (left), Chadwick Ginther (right)