Community Pop-Up: September 25, 2022

Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto)

june, 2022

11jun4:30 pm5:30 pmNot Enough TimeWith Terri Favro, Victoria Hetherington, and Robert McGill4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Across the UniverseAccessibility Options:ASL

Speakers for this event

  • Robert McGill

    Robert McGill

    Author

    Robert McGill is the author of three novels, including A Suitable Companion for the End of Your Life, published in 2022 by Coach House Books. His short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Dublin Review, and Hazlitt. He lives in Hamilton and teaches at the University of Toronto.

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  • Terri Favro

    Terri Favro

    Author

    Terri Favro is a novelist and pop science writer who grew up in a family obsessed with robots and the atomic bomb. Her novel Sputnik’s Children made The Globe 100 list and the CBC Canada Reads longlist. Favro is also an award-winning ad copywriter helped sell technologies that changed the world.

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  • Victoria Hetherington

    Victoria Hetherington

    Author

    Victoria Hetherington worked as a butcher and an artist’s model before graduating to writing just about anything you can imagine for money. Their debut novel, Mooncalves, was a finalist for the Amazon First Novel Award 2020. Victoria lives in Toronto.

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Event Details

Surf the continuums of time and space, mortality, and artificial intelligence with these tales of alternate timestreams.

The Sisters Sputnik
Terri Favro

The Sisters Sputnik are a time-traveling trio of storytellers-for-hire who are much in demand throughout the multiverse of 2,052 alternate worlds.

In a distant reality where books and music have disappeared, Sisters’ leader, aging comic book creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi, finds herself in bed with an old Earth Standard Time lover who begs her to tell him a story. Over one long, eventful night, she spins the epic of the Sisters’ adventures in alternate realities, starting with the theft of a book of evil comic strips in a post-pandemic Toronto full of ghost kitchens and robot-worshipping lost children known as junksters, to a disco-era purgatory where synthetic people are sending humans into the past through a reverse-engineered Statue of Liberty, to a version of the 1950s where the Sisters meet a rising star named Frank Sinatra and his girlfriend, the once-and-future Queen of England.

Autonomy
Victoria Hetherington

It’s 2035: a fledging synthetic consciousness “wakes up” in a lab. Jenny, the lead developer, determined to nurture this synthetic being like a child, trains it to work with people at the border of the American Protectorate of Canada. She names it Julian.

Two years later, Slaton, a therapist at a university, is framed by a student for arranging an illegal abortion. She follows the student to America and is detained at the border, where she meets Julian in virtual space. After a week of interviewing, he decides to stay with her, learning about the world, the human condition, and what it means to fall in love. Meanwhile, a mysterious plague is spreading across the world. Only the far-seeing and well-connected Julian can protect Slaton from the impending societal collapse.

A Suitable Companion for the End of Your Life
Robert McGill

Distraught and hopeless, an eighteen-year-old distance runner, Regan, decides to end her life. And she’ll do it through an unusual new method available only on the dark web. Enter Ülle, a woman with amnesia, who will, inadvertently, make Regan’s wish come true.

Soon Ülle begins to remember her past and the outrageous steps her government took to combat a deadly pandemic of parasitic infections, which have brought her to this new country and to Regan’s house. Meanwhile, Regan might be changing her mind, and she finds herself more and more concerned about keeping both Ülle and herself alive. But the shadowy organization that brought them together wants to keep them both quiet – permanently.

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Accessible Captioning Sponsor: ECW Press

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