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January 17 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

It’s the first ChiSeries readings of the new year! We’ve got Christian A. Brown, Kari Maaren, Annalee Newitz; featuring Mike Bryant and Madeline Ashby.

CHRISTIAN A. BROWN is a biracial and gay poet, author of the “Four Feasts Till Darkness” Series and a speaker against injustice and violence. His mind, and stories, go into the grim and bizarre regions where people usually fear to tread. If his own experiences weren’t enough of a rich source material for his dark fantasy stories, then the tribulations of his Métis husband have given him further insights into the plights of the underprivileged and marginalized. Christian has written for The Mary Sue and The Advocate, and has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. For more, visit www.christianadrianbrown.com.

KARI MAAREN is a Canadian writer, cartoonist, and musician who lives in Toronto with a large collection of musical instruments and a larger collection of books. Her first novel, a YA science fantasy entitled Weave a Circle Round, came out from Tor in the fall of 2017. Kari also has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and a new one, It Never Rains. West of Bathurst has been immortalised in an enormous print collection that is heavy enough to use as a weapon. Her two albums, Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves, are geeky in nature. She has won Aurora Awards for her music and comics. Kari teaches English courses at the university level. She likes writing stuff about monsters and gets unreasonably upset when her students abuse the common apostrophe. She was born in British Columbia and would still like to go back there eventually because she misses all the trees.

ANNALEE NEWITZ’s first novel Autonomous, come out from Tor in September 2017. She is also the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in science. Annalee is the founding editor of io9, and was the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. She is currently an editor-at-large for Ars Technica, as well as a freelancer for magazines and newspapers. Her nonfiction has appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She is the co-editor of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek (Seal Press), and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press). Annalee was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.

Plus music from MIKE BRYANT, and an interview featuring novelist and futurist MADELINE ASHBY talking to ANNALEE NEWITZ.

Accessibility: The management of The Round is working on making the venue accessible via stair chair. Currently it is only accessible via flight of stairs.

Food: The Round no longer serves its own food, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own food–there are many excellent places in Kensington Market that serve take-out.

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series, Toronto Branch, is sponsored in part by the Toronto Arts Council and ChiZine Publications. Books provided by Bakka Phoenix Books and CZP.



January 17
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm