Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep1:30 pm2:15 pmVirtual EventGrey AreasSean Michaels, Natalie Zina Walschots, Moderator: Derek Künsken1:30 pm - 2:15 pm EST

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Good vs. evil? Natalie Zina Walschots and Sean Michaels are here to muddy the waters and complicate the metaphors with stories that inhabit the grey areas of this magical thing called life.

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Derek Künsken

Derek Künsken has built genetically engineered viruses, worked with street children and refugees in Latin America, served as a Canadian diplomat, and, most importantly, taught his son about super-heroes and science. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and multiple times in Asimov’s Science Fiction. His stories have been adapted into audio podcasts, reprinted in various Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into multiple languages. They have also been short-listed for various awards, and won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award in 2013. He tweets from @derekkunsken, blogs at BlackGate.com, and makes his internet home at DerekKunsken.com.

Natalie Zina Walschots

Natalie Zina Walschots is a freelance writer, community manager and bailed academic based in Toronto. She writes everything from reviews of science fiction novels and interviews with heavy metal musicians to to in-depth feminist games criticism and pieces of long-form journalism. She is the author of two books of poetry.

Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels is a novelist, short-story writer and critic. Sean’s debut novel, Us Conductors, received the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the DUBLIN Literary Award, and (in translation) the Prix des libraires de Quebec.



Anna does boring things for terrible people because even criminals need office help and she needs a job. As a temp, she’s just a cog in the machine. But when she finally gets a promising assignment, everything goes very wrong, and an encounter with the so-called “hero” leaves her badly injured.

Armed with only her anger and internet research acumen, she discovers her suffering at the hands of a hero is far from unique. When people start listening to the story that her data tells, she realizes she might not be as powerless as she thinks.

AuthorNatalie Zina Walschotts

The Wagers

Scotiabank Giller-winner Sean Michaels is back with his widely anticipated second novel, The Wagers, a deeply satisfying story of long odds, magical heists and the dizzying gamble of life. Where does luck come from? What is it worth? And how much of it do you need to be happy?

Theo, an aspiring comedian, grows anxious waiting for his big break and tries to change his luck by joining a gang of thieves who steal it from people who have more than their fair share.

AuthorSean Michaels


(Sunday) 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm EST