Well, today’s the start of it all: the Canada 150 tour that will be sweeping the province starting today and ending just before Avalon Expo. It’s going to be a busy month!
First stop is at the Kindale Public Library on July 12th at 5pm for the launch of the Canada 150 Literary Tour NL! Join local authors Carolyn R. Parsons, Janice Godin, Paul Carberry (Zombies on the Rock, Fantasy from the Rock), Darlene Barry, Stewart Payne and John Sheppard for an evening of readings and Q & A. Please note this event is free of charge! From more information, visit the facebook event.
This past weekend was the first of what we think will be many 48-Hour Writing Marathons, sponsored by THE Tutoring Center, Engen Books, and Thrive! A great time was had by all, we raised a lot of money and collectively wrote over 60,000 words, the majority of which (over 10k!) went to Sci-Fi from the Rock author Stacey Oakley.
Lots of authors and writing enthusiasts showed up to write and enjoy a quiet creative space with which to work and bounce ideas off of similarly-motivated individuals. All said an amazing weekend, and we thank Call of the Sea and Supernatural Causes author Amanda Labonté for arranging it!
Join Amanda Labonté, Ellen Curtis, Matthew LeDrew, and Erin Vance as they discuss writing, the process of getting published, and being small press in Newfoundland as a part of the Arts & Culture Center’s “LOLA: love Our Loal Authors” month! 🙂 Come and get answers to your questions, meet the authors of some of the province’s most thrilling genre fiction, gets books signed and learn the different avenues to success with writing! Admittance is free, although Arts & Culture encourages calling ahead to reserve seats at: 709-737-3950. The event will be 6:30pm-8pm on Feb 22 2017 at the Arts and Culture Center, 95 Allandale Rd, St. John’s, NL A1B 3A3. To join the Facebook event and get more information, click here.
Ever wonder what Engen editor Erin Vance and newest author Sam Bauer are like without those pesky bosses around? What to ask them what it’s really like to work for Engen Books, without getting the stink-eye from the Engen founders? Your chance is here! On Sunday, August 14th at the Glacier in Mount Pearl, Erin Vance and Sam Bauer will have a table at the August Summer Fun Festival!
Bauer and Vance will be selling copies of all current Engen titles, including the complete Black Womb series, the Xander Drew series, and the Infinity series. They will also be signing copies of their April 2016 smash hit anthology collection Sci-Fi from the Rock, which Vance edited and both Vance and Bauer contributed short stories for!
Looking to get started as an author? Vance and Bauer will have information on the forthcoming Fantasy from the Rock collection and how you can get published in it, as well as information on getting published in both short story and novel formats though the local Newfoundland publisher.
Sam Bauer is Engen’s youngest writer, from St. John’s Newfoundland. He states his inspiration as stemming from eating too much sugar-laden food, reading the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe until 4 am, and transcribing the ensuing nightmares.His first short story, The Locket, has been met with universal acclaim and he is currently hard at work on additional stories for future anthologies, as well as an upcoming novel.
Erin Vance is an editor, author, and a graduate of the Memorial University of Newfoundland English Honors Program. She has edited multiple novels and anthology collections for a variety of publishers, and has penned the short story Cast, Clutter, Pack, Murder as well as the soon-to-be-released publication of her Honor’s Thesis, Song of the Mockingjay, exploring the nature of Katniss Everdeen’s agency in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series.
The August Summer Fun Festival will run from 10am – 5pm on August 14th at The Glacier arena, 45 Olympic Dr, Mount Pearl.
Sci-Fi from the Rock!
Nineteen short stories written by an eclectic mix of some of the best science-fiction and fantasy authors in Atlantic Canada, some of them award-winning veterans and some of them new to the craft for the first time. Edited by English Honours Graduate and Professional Editor Erin Vance and veteran science-fiction author Ellen Louise Curtis, this collection features the heartfelt, creatively charged, astonishing fiction that showcases the talent and charm Atlantic Canada has to offer. Featuring the work of Kenneth Tam, Scott Bartlett, Jay Paulin, Alison House, & many more!
Sci-Fi From the Rock (Paperback)
Ellen Curtis & Erin Vance (Editors)
This Saturday, November 14th, we will be bringing select Engen titles to the St. John’s Health Care Lion’s Club Fall Craft Fair! From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, I’ll be at our table on the bottom floor of the Knight’s of Columbus on 49 St. Clare Avenue. Admission is only $2.00, and children under 12 get in free! It’s a great opportunity to catch up on the latest Engen titles, as well as check out other great local businesses or just stop by and chat! I can’t wait, and hope you can’t either!