Festival Weekend – September 26-27

september, 2020

27sep11:15 am12:00 pmVirtual EventWhen The Author is CharacterJo Walton, Randal Graham, Moderator: Avi Silver11:15 am - 12:00 pm EST

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Tune in to hear masters of their craft discuss breaking the fourth wall in books – what happens when the author of a story starts interacting with their characters, on the page?

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Avi Silver

Avi Silver is a queer, nonbinary author and editor of speculative fiction. They co-created The Shale Project, an award-winning indie arts collective, and are passionate about stories that wield tenderness as a tool of change. TWO DARK MOONS is their first novel.

Jo Walton

Jo Walton is a multiple award-winning author, including the World Fantasy Award for Tooth and Claw, and the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Among Others. In addition to writing SF and fantasy, she also designs role-playing games and has published poetry. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

Randal Graham

Randal Graham is a law professor at Western University, where his teaching and research focus on ethics and legal language. His first novel, Beforelife, won the IPPY gold medal for fantasy fiction and was a top ten finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. He lives in London, Ontario.



Something’s rotten in the afterlife. At least that’s how it seems to Rhinnick Feynman, the one man who perceives that someone in the afterlife is tugging at history’s threads & unraveling the past. Rhinnick sets off on a quest to put things right, which would be a good deal easier if Rhinnick didn’t believe he was a character in a novel, and finds himself facing off against Isaac Newton, Jack the Ripper, Ancient Egyptians, a pack of frenzied Napoleons, and the prophet Norm Stradamus. Undeterred by these terrors, Rhinnick recognizes himself as The Man the Hour Produced, the only one equipped to outwit the forces of science and mental health.

AuthorRandal Graham

Or What You Will

He has been too many things to count. A dragon with a boy on his back. A scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. A god.

But he is in fact nothing more than a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years.

But Sylvia won’t live forever, and he’s trapped inside her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he – unless he can convince her otherwise.

AuthorJo Walton

Two Dark Moons

Sixteen-year-old Sohmeng Par is sick of being treated like a child. When a failed coming-of-age ritual gets her thrown off the mountains and into the jungle below, she must learn to live in the deadly rainforest alongside a pack of reptilian predators and the strange human who rides with them.

Silver’s debut YA fantasy combines rich and immersive worldbuilding, giant lizards, and confident queer teens taking matters into their own hands. An empowering tale with hints of How to Train Your Dragon and Princess Mononoke, this story is for anyone who has ever felt like they are “too much”.

AuthorAvi Silver


(Sunday) 11:15 am - 12:00 pm EST