Special Report : Newfoundland West Coast Con

Even the Empire likes Compendium
Even the Empire likes Compendium

Engen Books was present for a historical event that took place on October 24th and 25th in Corner Brook: the very first Newfoundland West Coast Con.

Engen was out in full force the entire weekend, signing books and leading seminars along with actor Paul Weston (Return of the Jedi, Space 1999) and film producer Darren Hann (Star Wars: Inner Demons, Stargate: Replication).

“It was an amazing weekend,” said LeDrew. “Every time we do a convention it’s a lot of fun, but I find when you do a inaugural one there’s a lot of energy and a lot of comradery. It really was a great weekend.”

Book Launch: Compendium

Engen pulled out all the stops and did a double book launch on Saturday, October 24th. Emcee’d by Sci-Fi on the Rock founder and all-around science fiction guru Darren Hann; the event was the perfect place to launch Ellen Curtis’ debut novel, Compendium.

Engen fans old and new arrived to purchase the new title, excited about the new author. Curtis read from her short story The Tourniquet Revival to enthralled listeners and stayed afterward to sign copies.

Compendium resulted in almost half our sales for the entire weekend,” gushed Engen founder Matthew LeDrew. “We’re really excited about what this means for Compendium and for Ellen’s future with Engen Books.”

“I had a lot of fun,” said Curtis. “Darren was a great host and people seemed to like my work. It was my first convention, and I had a blast.”

Book Launch: Roulette

matt readsThe second half of Saturday’s book launch consisted of the fourth book in the Black Womb series, Roulette.

The novel features the continuing adventures of Xander Drew, Mike Harris and Cathy Kennessy as they meet new horrors both at home and abroad, taking their show on the road to L.A.

“This book is a big stepping stone in Black Womb history,” says LeDrew. “I think people will respond well to it. People have been responding well to it, so far.”

Writing Seminars

As with every convention, there are loads of writing seminars designed to help potential authors that Engen loves to participate in. NWCC was no different, holding versions of the popular Writer’s Toolkit, Get Published! and Writer’s Circle workshops that have made previous conventions so successful in locating fresh talent.

Ellen Curtis led a new addition to our seminar lineup, entitled The Art of the Short Story; chronicling how she puts so much story into a smaller page count in the breakthrough novel, Compendium.

New Engen Vendor

Also at the con, BuddyToad comics, one of the provinces leaders in the comic shop / science fiction market, became an official vendor of Engen Books.

BuddyToad’s main office is located in Gander, but they are at the Avalon Mall in St. John’s every Sunday and are available there to purchase copies of all five Engen titles! More on this in the weeks to come!

Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston
Ellen Curtis and Paul Weston

All said, NWCC was one of our most successful conventions yet, with an average of 1 in 5 attendees purchasing an Engen Book! We hope to be back next year with more titles, more authors and more action!

Never Look Back!

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