Hello all you AWP friends. Did you know it’s already November? Did you also know that November is the second last month of the year? Somehow, the majority of 2019 is over and 2020 (a year so far in the future that at one time it was the setting for science fiction stories) is just over a month away.
There is one more events left in the year and its happening this month. On Saturday, November 23rd, Christian and Ben will be at the Tecumseh library with several other authors for a book signing event.
It was a lean middle of the year for events, but both Christian and Ben took advantage of it and got some good writing done. As for 2020, they have already started to reach out to their regular events to try and secure a spot, and they’re looking for new places to go throughout the year. But all that stuff is for next year. There’s still December to get through. With no events for that month, it’s going to be a frantic dash to get some projects competed (or farther along) before the end of the year. The deadline may be arbitrary and self enforced, but that doesn’t make it any less real.
Hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming events!
As the leaves change colour, the days get cooler and the nights come earlier, two of AWP’s authors (Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet) gear up for a trio of events.
Starting next week, on Devil’s Night (or, as the nearby city of Detroit tried to rename it some years back, Angel’s Night) Ben and Christian will be accompanying author David Nickle for an evening of scary readings at Biblioasis bookstore. The event, suitably called Who’s Afraid of the Dark? will be held at 7pm on October 30th
It’s September (even if August was cooler than the heatwave we’re dealing with now). The summer slump is over. Christian and Ben are in the middle of a write-every-day, finish-every-project dash in an attempt to catch up for their slow (though better than average) summer. Christian has the excuse of his children being out of school, but the slacker Ben spent the entire season trying to figure out why he fails so spectacularly. (You can follow his journey on his weekly blog, you know, if you like. You may as well follow Christian too). (more…)
Back in January, Ben and Christian were asked to host a workshop for Gertrude’s Writing Room. The evening focused on Science Fiction and Horror writing and was a blast. It was so fun, in fact, that they’ve been asked to do it again. This time as part of a month-long series of workshops called the Genre Mash-Up!
The series begins with the boys returning to dish out a second helping of the spooky, weird and futuristic, and then continues each week with workshops on: Poetry, Fiction and Screen Writing. From fine literary talents as: Vanessa Shields, Casey Plett and Nick Shields. (more…)
Ben Van Dongen and Christian Laforet were recently feature on the podcast All Write in Sin City. To hear what they had to say about writing, publishing, conventions and working together, give it a listen! You can find it here!
Later this month marks the return of ChiSeries Windsor. As always, the event will be held at Phog Lounge and will feature authors Kathe Koja, Timothy S. Johnston and Christian Laforet. With live music from George Manury. For more info, visit the facebook evet page right here!
Spring is traditionally a busy time for us. And this year is no exception!
The big news, of course, is the release of Ben Van Dongen’s new novella, The Neon Heart. Book two in The Synthetic Albatross Series, The Neon Heart further explores the world introduced in The Thinking Machine. A must read for fans of sci-fi, The Neon Heart is available for purchase online, here, and locally at Biblioasis, Indigo and Anchor Coffee House. Or, you could always snag a copy in person at one of the upcoming evets AWP will be attending in the next few weeks.
It’s a cyberpunk novella straight out of the 80s. Printed as a pocket paper back (at 4×6 inches) it’s a short, fun read that should take you no time and keep your pulse racing. Technically, it’s the first part of a new series of novellas, but you’ll have to wait until the fall to learn more about that.
The book page is up here and on Ben’s own page. Stay tuned there for his behind the scenes writeup coming in the near future. For now, the book is available at Anchor Coffee House on Huron Line in Windsor, and wherever Ben will be for the foreseeable future, including all our upcoming events.