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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.