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This Week on Friday Live …

 

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before” ~ Neil Gaiman

As we all continue to navigate this strange new world, we find ourselves seeking connection and community from behind closed doors — and the world wide web of artists has delivered! From virtual gallery tours to writing workshops, from painting tutorials to live-streamed raves, businesses and events are reaching out digitally to connect, uplift, and inspire.

And we at Pulp Literature are honoured to offer you some literary light.  Here’s what we’re doing for our community of readers and authors:

  • We’re offering 25% off of anything in our online shop.  Just load up your cart and save when you enter the coupon code COVID19.
  • We have linked our Patreon income to scaling pay rates for authors and artists.  We’ve just raised our maximum short story rates by $0.01 per word ot $0.08.  When we reach $300 a month, our max will increase to $0.09 per word and go up to $0.10 per word at $400.  You can see more details on the Patreon page.
  • We will be livestreaming readings from authors every Friday at 10am pacific time starting today!  Each week will feature three different authors who will read and answer questions from the audience between 10:00 and 10:30.

Friday’s live line-up

This week on Friday Live, we bring you Jessica Barksdale, KT Wagner, and Douglas Smith.

Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale, author of ‘The Brightness of Things’ (Issue 18), is a Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee. Her fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016.  Her novels include Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. Her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak.  She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension.  She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.  You can read more at jessicabarksdaleinclan.com.

KT Wagner

About | Northern Lights GothicKT Wagner, author of ‘Cabin Fever’ (Issue 24),  is a collector of strange plants, weird trivia, and obscure tomes. She graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Writers Studio in 2015 (Southbank, 2013). Her short stories are published in or podcast at Daily Science Fiction, Factor Four, The Twisted Book of Shadows, The Centropic Oracle, Toasted Cake, and several anthologies. In the Federation of British Columbia Writer’s 2018 BC Short Fiction Contest, ‘Cabin Fever’ received a first honourable mention. Find KT online at northernlightsgothic.com and @KT_Wagner.

Douglas Smith

Douglas Smith, author of ‘The Last of a Thing (Issue 12 ), is an award-winning Canadian author whose short fiction has appeared in over thirty countries.  His books include a novel, The Wolf at the End of the World, and the collections Chimerascope and Impossibilia, and the writer’s guide, Playing the Short Game:  How to Market & Sell Short Fiction.  Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W.  Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.  His website is smithwriter.com

Issue 12 cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

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Friday Live Readings

The Pandemic, the Press, and You

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you in some way. (If you have been living under a rock, stay there — it’s safer). For us at Pulp Lit, many things have not changed.  We’re writers and editors, and we like working at home in isolation — revel in it, even!

We have always conducted our business meetings virtually, and our day-to-day operations haven’t changed.  However Pulp Literature Press will feel the effects. Conventions, booklaunches, and retreats are an important part of what we do.  They get our books out in the community and let us engage with writers and readers in person.

This will be a hard year for us financially with so many event cancellations and the Canadian dollar plummeting due to oil prices.  It will be hard for our authors and artists too. We’ve already seen one of our favourite bricks and mortar stores, the Wylde Wood Collective, close its doors due to the crisis.  Here’s what we’re doing to help out our readers and our authors while keeping our non-profit press alive.

  • We have linked our Patreon income to scaling pay rates for authors and artists.  When we reach $200 a month (we’re almost there now), our maximum pay for short stories will increase to $0.08 per word and go up to $0.10 per word at $400.  You can see more details on the Patreon page.
  • We will be livestreaming readings from authors every Friday at 10am pacific time starting today!  Each week will feature three different authors who will read and answer questions from the audience between 10:00 and 10:30.

Today’s live line-up

Our line-up for today features the amazing trio of CC Humphreys, Laura Kostur, and Mel Anastasiou.

https://cchumphreys.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/image.jpg?resize=201%2C302CC Humphreys

He’s an actor, playwright, and fight choreographer. Oh, he’s also an award-winning novelist.  CC Humphreys is the distinguished 1st Issue feature author, appearing again in Issue 14. He’s a chimaera, like so many of our authors — and professional in every field (if his 17 published books and plethora of acting credits are anything to go by).

Laura Kostur

Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, Laura Kostur finds inspiration from her surroundings and the wide variety of people drawn to the West Coast. Now employed in Communications with the Federal Government of Canada, Laura enjoy a job that allows her to write and edit every day, while interacting with a wide variety of people, and being of service to the public. When not at work, or working on her next novel, Laura can be found cutting and thrusting her way through classes at Academie Duello, a school of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Laura currently works, fights and writes in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and possibly a dog, if enough people pester the aforementioned spouse into letting her adopt one.

Mel Anastasiou

Acquisitions editor Mel Anastasiou co-founded Pulp Literature magazine in 2013. She helps writers develop through structural editing with the magazine, in addition to her weekly writing tips on melanastasiou.wordpress.com, the popular ‘Writing Muse’ twitter feed, and through her non-fiction workbooks, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Toward and Extraordinary Volume, and The Writer’s Friend and Confidante.  Her fiction includes Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, the Monument Studio Mysteries, and the Stella Ryman Mysteries.  In addition she is the chief illustrator for Pulp Literature and has produced two colouring books of renaissance-inspired artwork: Colouring Paradise and Dragon Rock.

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Pulp Literature at When Words Collide

Calgary, we know we don’t say this often enough but … we’re coming to see you!

A lot has happened since our last visit; we published a debut novel from Cowtowner, Michael Kamakana; we put out several new issues; and by the time we touchdown at YYC for When Words Collide, Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, will have landed as well.  We’d love to catch up with you, so if you find yourself at Delta Calgary South for the 2019 WWC conference, stop by the Fireside room on Saturday (August 10th) at 2 pm.

In addition to Pulp Literature Presents, Jen Landels and Jessisca Fabrizius will be presenting at the following sessions:

Friday

  • 3:00pm – Hiring the Right Editor
  • 5:00pm – Common Manuscript Problems
  • 6:00pm – Storytelling with Swordplay

Saturday

  • 12:00pm – Pitch session
  • 2:00pm – Pulp Literature Presents
  • 8:00pm – Autograph Session

Sunday

  • 11:00am – David vs Goliath: Writing the mis-matched fight scent
  • 12:00pm – Live Action Slush – High Fantasy
  • 1:00pm – Cover Art Trends
  • 3:00pm – Live Action Slush – Urban Fantasy
  • 4:00pm – Blue Pencil Cafe
  • 5:00pm – Literary vs Speculative Fiction

Some of the other Pulp Literature authors  in attendance at WWC include Jasmin Nyack, Michael Kamakana, Robert J Sawyer, Robert Runté, and Pat Flewelling.  We hope to see you there as well!

Pulp Literature Presents
Saturday 10 Aug, 2:00 – 3:00pm
Fireside Room,  Delta Calgary South

RSVP here

Pulp Literature Summer 2019 Launch Party: Toronto

Face it — Toronto in August is muggy at best, and we know you’re looking for an escape. Thanks to a strong western wind, Pulp Literature is coming to Ontario, and we can provide the refreshment you’re looking for! Toronto local Kelly Robson rounds out Issue 23’s flavour profile, and it’s free to sample Thursday, August 8th.

Join editor Mary Rykov as she hosts local authors and poets Raluca Balasa, Dave Benyon, Joelle Kidd, Peter Norman, Kelly Robson, Douglas Smith, R Daniel Lester and more for another evening of genre-busing readings, book signings, book raffle, and good cheer.

Hear our writers, peruse our magazine issues and novels, and learn about submission opportunities. Help us celebrate Pulp Literature and launch the Summer 2019 Issue 23.

Sign up for 2 time-limited open mic spots available at 6 pm.

Thursday 8 August 2019 
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Another Bar
926 Bloor Street West, Toronto

RSVP HERE

Good books, good cheer, and most importantly, cold beer!

PS: Cowpokes stay tuned for details on our Calgary appearance later this week!

Celebrating 5 Years of Literary Magic

In the publishing game, five years is significant, and we know who to thank: our authors, artists, and loyal readers who make it all possible. Join us on Sunday, December 16th, at our Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon for a civilized afternoon of author readings, an artisan craft fair, tea and pastries, book sales & signings … and swordfighting!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon

This event is a co-fundraiser for Academie Duello’s Youth Outreach Program and Pulp Literature Press.  It is also the launch party for our five year anniversary issue—Number 21— featuring Evelyn Lau. There will be readings from JJ Lee, Matt Hughes, Emily Lonie, Mitchell Toews, Graham DarlingMargot Spronk, Laura Kostur, Greg Brown, Patrick Bollivar, Jessica Fabrizius, Susan Pieters, and JM Landels.

Take a breather from the holiday rush to enjoy readings from local authors, swordplay demonstrations by Academie Duello and ample time to chat with authors, drink tea, and scoop up last minute stocking stuffers by our talented artisans.

We’d love to see you there!

Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 16 Dec 2018, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 West Hastings St, Vancouver

RSVP

Creative Ink Festival Rocked!

Pulp Lit authors Patrick Bollivar, Brenda Carre, and Mel Anastasiou signing books

Jen, Mel, and Sue agree what a pleasure it was to teach at this fantastic conference! With attendance topping 150, the secret seems to be getting out about the high quality of presentations, and the personal and helpful atmosphere.  Favourite highlights were blue pencil sessions, panel presentations, and the keynote by Adam Dreece entitled, “The Power of No, Damnit, I’m Doing This!”

Writers and editors alike left inspired, encouraged, and yet wondering why, with price tage of only $80 for three days of workshops, more people weren’t there.  In order to ensure a full house next year, we encourage all our readers to go to the Creative Ink Festival facebook page or website to keep in touch and be ready to pounce on the 2019 early bird registration rate! The Burnaby Delta Hotel conference room holds 600… we can fill it!

The ever-popular Real Life Superwomen panel is really just a chance for Sandra Wickham, Kristene Perron, JM Landels, and TG Shepherd to get together and laugh far too much.
Despite over 30 panels, presentations, pitches, pitches and blue and red pencils between us, the Pulp Lit editors still had time for quiet moments of deep discussion.

 

Of Birds and Bees: Listening to the Bees launches tomorrow

Spring is in full swing, feathers are flying, and bees are buzzing.  The winners of the Magpie Award for Poetry will be announced on May 15th, the same day that the earlybird rate for the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize ends (enter soon!).  And our Magpie, Judge Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who has just as much an affinity for flying creatures as we do, will be launching her new book, Listening to the Bees, tomorrow …

Listening to the Bees

Can poetry matter? In an age where information is rarely parsed into verse and 120 character limits reign supreme, it’s a valid question at many a poet’s roundtable discussion. However, for Renée Sarojini Saklikar, the answer is simple: Yes.

Listening to the Bees (Nightwood Editions, 2018) is a book of essays and bee poems in collaboration with Dr. Mark Winston. The recent and alarming decline of honey bee populations deserves attention, and Renée’s poetry has risen to the occasion. This joint artistic and scientific venture moves between the deeply personal connection humans have with bees and meticulously gathered facts for a written experience of what it means to listen to bees.

The book launches this Thursday, May 10th, in Vancouver at the Western Front Art Gallery. Mark Winston will recount experiences from a forty-year career as a scientist studying bees, and Renée Saklikar will respond with innovative and elegant poems.

Can’t make it tomorrow?  Additional launches will be happening in Surrey on May 11th, and Victoria on May 25th.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, British Columbia. Trained as a lawyer and with a degree in English Literature, Renée is currently teaching creative writing for SFU and Vancouver Community College.  Renée’s first book, children of air india, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry and was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.  Renée’s poetry, essays, and short fiction has been published in many literary journals and anthologies. Her work has also been adapted into other art forms, including musical and visual installations. Pulp Literature Press thanks Renée for serving as the judge for 2017 and 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry.

 

 

Author News: Anat Rabkin

We love the eclectic nature of our magazine. Literary fiction, poetry, Sci-fi, short comics, and so much more come together in each issue to offer a wide variety for the diverse palettes we are serving.  Sometimes, the appearance of comics in a literary magazine can come  as a shock, but we believe that when words and images come together, another layer of depth is added to the story.

Anat Rabkin

Anat Rabkin is one talented artist and writer whose work has been featured in Issue 9 with ‘Forbidden Fruit’ and Issue 13 with ‘It Rained Then, Too’. Click here to browse back issues… 

She is also the author and illustrator of the webcomic Seraphim: Tales of Love and Courage, set to return from hiatus before the end of 2017!

Currently, Anat is hard at work on a Kickstarter campaing with Cloudscape Comics.  Her comic, ‘Soundblind’, is set to appear in their anthology, Swan Song, a massive, 12×12 anthology of comics about music, and life, and changing the world.

Find the full line-up and run-down of the campaign here

Anat Rabkin returns to Pulp Literature in the upcoming Issue 17, Winter 2018 with her first prose-only short story, ‘For the Love of Grey.’  It’s take on what awaits us in perdition, and one woman’s determination to remain positive.  You can pre-order issue 17 with a $2 discount until December 10th.

Meet Anat at the Winter Launch

Join us to launch Issue 17 at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street.  Anat will be reading from ‘For the Love of Grey’, and there will also be readings from JJ Lee, Emily Osborne, Misha Handman and the winners of the 2017 Cedric prize.

Winter Book Launch
Monday 11 December, 5:00 – 7:00pm
The Cottage Bistro
4470 Main Street, Vancouver BC

Free!  RSVP here

 

 

 

Fabulous Door Prizes at Pulp Literature Summer Launch

Join us this Monday, July 10th from 6-9 pm at Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown, as we celebrate our summer launch of  Pulp Literature Issue 15, Summer 2017, and Allaigna’s Song: Overture, by JM Landels.  There will be author readings, book signings, good food, good beer, and good cheer.

The launch is free to attend; we only ask that you RSVP.

Eventbrite - Pulp Literature Summer Launch

Fabulous Door Prizes

Be sure to print and bring your ticket to enter for door prizes:

  • Your choice between swords or horses: a duelling for two date at Academie Duello or a riding for two date at Red Colt Equestrian Co-op.  (Duelling for two can also take place at Red Colt, if you prefer an outdoor setting).
  • A critique of up to 5000 words of your manuscript by editor Susan Pieters.
  • Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book by artist Mel Anastasiou
  • A grab bag of Pulp Literature back issues, and more!

Have a Drink on Us

Reserve signed personalized copies of one or both books on the Eventbrite ticket page and we’ll buy you a beer (or the tipple of your choice) at the launch.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pulp Literature Summer Launch
Monday 10 July 2017, 6 – 9pm
Steamworks Brewing Co
375 Water St, Vancouver BC
Eventbrite - Pulp Literature Summer Launch

Cover Reveal: Allaigna’s Song Overture

You’ve already seen the beautiful painting by Melissa Mary Duncan … now here’s what the cover of Allaigna’s Song: Overture looks like with lovely custom-embellished titles by our talented designer Kris Sayer!

We can’t wait to hold the real thing in our hands!

You can reserve your own signed copy through the Eventbrite page, and pick it up at our launch at Steamworks Brew Pub on July 10th.