Canadian writers move book launches, readings and festivals online
As Canadians stay indoors, writers are sharing their work online in the form of readings, book launches, festivals and Q&As. Here's a collection of them.
CBC Books has also created a list of readings by Canadian children's writers.
This list will be updated regularly. It was last updated on March 26, 2020.
Readings | Book launches | Q&As | Festivals
I didn’t do a lot of readings when my book first came out, but I figured now is as good a time as any to do some virtual readings. So while you’re working or hanging out at home, here’s some hockey history <a href="https://twitter.com/dundurnpress?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@dundurnpress</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hockey365?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hockey365</a> <a href="https://t.co/keLe0NPvNt">pic.twitter.com/keLe0NPvNt</a>—@mikecommito
Mike Commito posted a video of him reading from his book Hockey 365 on his Twitter account. Commito is a Canadian historian who specializes in hockey.
Hockey 365 looks at interesting moments in hockey history, one day at a time.
On her YouTube channel, she reads the first chapter of The Forgotten Home Child, which is based on true events.
Carolyn Harnanan shared her short story A Hallelujah Story on YouTube. It was inspired by Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Guy Gavriel Kay has published 14 novels, many of them historical fantasy. His Fionavar Tapestry fantasy series has sold over a million copies worldwide since being published in the 1980s. Some of Kay's other titles include Children of Earth and Sky, Tigana, River of Stars and his most recent novel, A Brightness Long Ago, set in a world evoking early Renaissance Italy with themes of destiny, love and power.
- Guy Gavriel Kay on why writing fantasy fiction about destiny, dominion and deceit will never go out of style
Nova Scotia writer J.R.H. Lawless will be posting readings from his dark sci-fi comedy, Always Greener, on Fridays. This debut novel is set in 2072, at a time when television is broadcast straight to people's eyeballs. The hottest show is a reality show that offers a life of luxury to the person who can prove they have the worst life.
Hannah Mary McKinnon
Hannah Mary McKinnon is a suspense writer based in Oakville, Ont. Her books include Sister Dear, Her Secret Son and The Neighbours.
McKinnon is reading the first chapters of other people's books on Facebook Live. She started with Samantha Bailey's Woman on the Edge.
Geoffrey Morrison & Matthew Tomkinson
Geoffrey Morrison & Matthew Tomkinson posted a video reading from their co-written book Archaic Torso of Gumby. Archaic Torso of Gumby is a short story collection that explores popular culture.
Above is Manahil Bandukwala, an Ottawa-based Pakistani poet and visual artist reading her work, 10 Resolutions for 2020 and The Farthest Mosque. Bandukwala has published two chapbooks: Paper Doll and Pipe Rose.
Jerry Rideout shared a reading from his essay collection My Life in Short Form. My Life in Short Form collects stories from Rideout's time living in rural Newfoundland.
Actor Joanne Vannicola shared a reading from their memoir All We Knew But Couldn't Say on YouTube. All We Knew But Couldn't Say, describes enduring physical and emotional abuse and how they moved on and shaped an identity with resilience and determination.
In the book, a constant flow of radical updates from the government throw citizens into turmoil. At the government's department of complaints, the narrator of Familiar Face sorts through an endless pile of citizen-reported issues that range from trivial to heartbreaking.
Katherine Fawcett is doing a book launch online for The Swan Suit, a book of fairy tales.
Fawcett lives in B.C. and previously published the book, The Little Washer of Sorrows. Watch her book launch on Facebook live on March 18.
Ida Linehan Young
Ida Linehan Young is a writer from Newfoundland, which is where her stories are set. Her books include The Promise and Being Mary Ro.
She will be reading the first chapter of her next release, The Liar, on Facebook Live. The reading takes place on March 20.
Benjamin Perrin is a law professor at the University of British Columbia and was a criminal justice advisor to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. His book Overdose, to be published on March 31, is about the opioid crisis in Canada.
He'll be hosting a virtual book launch on April 16, which includes an online Q&A. Find out the details here.
CBC Radio host Waubgeshig Rice is the author of the apocalyptic novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow.
He'll be hosting a live Q&A on his Facebook page about his book and how it relates to current times.
Hi friends. We have an update regarding <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FOLD2020?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FOLD2020</a>: we will be moving the majority of the festival online this year, for a virtual FOLD experience. Please read the statement posted on the FOLD website--more details and updates to come in the following days! <a href="https://t.co/HCtQkT7ctO">https://t.co/HCtQkT7ctO</a> <a href="https://t.co/csbmQpqoKv">pic.twitter.com/csbmQpqoKv</a>—@TheFOLD_
The Festival of Literary Diversity will host its annual events online from April 30 to May 3. The virtual festival will include webinars and other events held with 2020 participants. Everyone who has purchased tickets will have their money refunded.
All virtual events will be closed-captioned and provided free of charge.