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Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon 2019

Back by popular demand we bring you our holiday afternoon of swordplay, readings, and tea-drinking, set amid the annual artisan fair at Academie Duello.  This year, we’ve upped the excitement and deliciousness with a baking contest, open to all! Read on for more details …

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 15 December, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 W Hastings, Vancouver BC
RSVP here!

The Artisans

Here to tempt you with all things delightful, the artisans of this year’s event have got your holiday shopping list covered! From artwork to playtime. From tasty treats to literary feats. From leather to clay to metal. Our vendors, with their fabulous creations, make shopping local the must-do of the holiday seaso:  Big Pear, Crossed Promise, Donald’s Eye Chainmail Jewellery, Geekcessories, Hussar Armoury, Ian and Quintin’s Leatherworks, Illuminated Geek, Ilena Lee Pottery, Miss Livia Rose, NYWN Art, Scrap Paper Entertainment,Tiger Butter Etc, and Wildwood Spiderling.

The Authors

With readings that span genre, geography, and generation, storytime just got fabulous! So lend an ear as the words of Akem, CC Humphreys, Gregory Brown, JJ Lee, JM Landels, Laura Kostur, Matthew Hughes, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki, and others take you on adventures near and far.

The Books

What the Wind Brings

Sunday is the official launch day for the trade and ebook versions of What the Wind Brings by Matthew Hughes.  We released the hardcover earlier this year, and it’s been gathering some very positive press.   If you’re on the fence about whether or not to read it, why not let the words of these reviewers and interviewers sway you?

  • Locus interview here
  • Amazing Stories reviews here and here
  • SFFWorld review here
  • BCBookLook review here
  • Goodreads reviews here

Have they convinced you to read it for yourself? Good! Let’s get a copy in your hands!  Choose from limited edition hardcover, trade paper-back, and ebook. Then join us at our 2019 Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon to get a signature and listen to a reading from Matthew himself.

Pulp Literature Issue 25, Winter 2020

You’ll find our big 25th issue hot off the presses at the launch! With the beautiful red pointe shoe of On Thin Ice, cover artist Ann-Marie Brown (who will be appearing in person at the launch) offers the poignant opening act. Just as a dancer en pointe appears weightless, suspended in a moment of grace, so too do our authors, balancing the weight of beauty and sorrow.

  • Blood and booze set the stage in ‘Wrap Party’ as featured author AM Dellamonica takes us behind the scenes of community theatre.
  • It’s turtles all the way down as Frances Rowat explores the itch and scratch of reckoning in ‘The Smell of Antiseptic’, and Graham Robert Scott and Wallace Cleaves consider the weight of legacy in ‘A Parable of Things that Crawl and Fly’.
  • Two very different genies awake when Susan Pieters casts off ill-fitting confines in ‘Buddha in a Bottle’, and Akem explores capture and deliverance in ‘Shotguns and Jinn’.
  • Elusive moments slip away as Rebecca Ruth Gould’s ‘Hands’ and Allison Bannister’s ‘Ghost Room’ remind us that love and memory are companion phantoms.
  • Adult children ask what is owed by a daughter to her mother, and a son to his father, as our Hummingbird contest winners, Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki and Chad V Broughman, explore loss and longing in ‘Afterlife’ and ‘Featherweight’.
  • Poets David Troupes, Matthew Walsh, and Nicholas Alti deftly guide us through landscape, dreamscape, and escape, each finding unique ache in the ties that bind.
  • And finally, two fan favourites reappear: Mel Anastasiou’s Frankie Ray arrives in Hollywood in part three of The Extra, and JM Landels gives us a prequel glimpse of Irdaign, her twin sister, and the caper gone wrong that sets the wheel of the Allaigna’s Song trilogy in motion.

Order issue 25 here or pick it up along with back issues at a 3 for 2 deal on Sunday!

The Great Bookish Bake-Off

Put down your pens and pick up your rolling pins, it’s a cookie contest, a bar brawl, a tart tournament. It’s The Great Bookish Bake-Off!  This year as part of the Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon on December 15th, we are inviting you to take place in a baking contest.

Bring two dozen homemade cookies, bars, tiny tarts, or savoury snacks that would look at home on a 3-tiered high tea platter and we’ll give you a free ebook and enter you in our prize draw. Plus your creations will compete to win prizes for the tastiest treats. Bonus prizes for literary allusions and swordy themes.

If you don’t bake but you do eat, you can join the ranks of our judges (aka all the attendees) in delivering your verdict popular vote.  In addition to all this deliciousness there will be author readings and signings, an artisan craft fair, and (natch) swordfighting. See you there with your finest fare!  Entry to the event is free, but please RSVP so we have an idea of how many pots of tea to brew.

The Swordplay

In between shopping, sampling sweets, and enjoying author readings and signings, be sure to catch three thrilling displays of swashbuckling by Academie Duello’s daring demo team.

The Silent Auction and Door Prizes

As you browse the artisan fair, be sure to check out the bid sheets for our silent auction.  There are books, artwork, jewellery, and delicious treats, as well as gift certificates for adventure to be had.  The auction closes at 4:30, and the prizes will be drawn by 5:00, so be sure to enter the prize draw and keep an eye on your bids!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 15 December, 11am – 5pm
Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay
412 W Hastings, Vancouver BC
RSVP here!

Literary Launch and Swordfighting Salon

It’s a party, and you’re invited!

melissaJoin us at Academie Duello this coming Sunday December 18th for a festive afternoon of readings, last-minute gift shopping, tea and swordfighting as we launch Issue 13 and celebrate the success of Something Novel!

From 2 – 6pm we’ll be filling the salle at Academie Duello’s School of Swordplay at 412 W Hastings in Vancouver with artisan tables, books, and baked goods.

Sip a cup of tea, courtesy of the Granville Island Tea Company, listen to some of our favourite authors read, and enjoy thrilling swordplay demonstrations by Academie Duello.

Artisan Fair


Get your last minute gift shopping done as you browse the tables at our artisan fair.

There’s something for every taste:  jewellery that ranges from sophisticated to saucy, with steampunk, gaming, and fandom flavours from CrossedPromise, Vicborgian Princess & Friends and Kristen Kahila; exquisite  hats, clothing, and accessories from authentic period pieces to pure fantasy from Dark Anachronisms,


My Tell-Tale Heart and Ragnar the Trader; books for children and adults alike from Barefoot Books, Reality Skimming Press, and our author tables; carvings, paintings, and artwork from the Carnegie Vending Cart artists, Melissa Mary Duncan, and Marika Purisima; decadent bath bombs and irreverant needlepoint from Layne Moore and Miss Stitched.

Author readings

We are thrilled to have readings from CC Humphreys, JJ Lee, Eileen Kernaghan, Sebastien de Castell, Jude Neale, Rhea Rose, Elizabeth Armerding, Graham J Darling, Daniela Elza, and Sylvia Taylor!  Books from these authors and several others will be available for sale and and signing.books

devonSwordplay Demonstrations

Devon Boorman, director of Academie Duello will take you through the history of European swordplay in three thrilling demonstrations of long sword, sword and buckler and rapier with team of expert students.

Issue 13, Winter 2017

issue-13-cover-smallAnd of course we’ll have copies of Issue 13 hot off the press.  Pick yours up along with any back issues you may be missing!  If the shipping gods are good we may even have early copies of The Writer’s Boon Companion available!boon-cover

Admission is by donation, and proceeds from the event go equally to support our non-profit organization and Academie Duello’s Youth Outreach Program.  We look forward to celebrating the season with you!

Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 18th December 2016, 2pm – 6pm
at Academie Duello, 412 W Hastings, Vancouver