Friday, April 9, 2010

Authors, Books and Community Events

Books & Authors

News on Robert Rotenberg author of Old City Hall.

Tasting T.O. did a great interview with Robert you can check it out here. There is also a rumour that Shaftsbury Films in T.O. who have also produced Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures(another great Canadian book) have optioned the rights to Rotenberg's first novel Old City Hall and plans to launch a television series. Plus Old City Hall was also short listed for The Crime Writers’ Association’s CWA (New Blood) Dagger Award!!

Currently Reading

Darwin's Bastards

These 23 stories take us on a twisted fun ride into some future times and parallel universes where characters as diverse as a one-legged International Actuarial Forensics specialist, a pharmaceutical guinea pig, and a far-sighted fetus engage in their own games of the survival of the fittest. From a new short story by William Gibson in which a teen disassociated from his body haunts his neighborhood through the decades, to Douglas Coupland's balls-out satire of a slightly futuristic Survivor, to Sheila Heti's meditative romp about beleaguered physicists and Oracle of Delphi-like Blackberrys, "Darwin's Bastards" is a fast-moving, thought-provoking reading extravaganza.


lantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon`s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping -- based on their correspondence -- to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspect the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

A rare epic fantasy that doesn`t recycle the classics and that is a complete and satisfying story in one volume, Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. It`s also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.



"Buildings and Backdrops" Exhibition

On Sunday, April 11th, from 1:00 - 4:00, Laura Landers is having an art exhibition entitled "Buildings
and Backdrops" at the new Temiskaming Art Gallery in Haileybury. This exhibition
will focus on the works of two artists, Laura Landers and Elizabeth Holmes. Laura
Landers is an artist who uses pen, ink, pastel, and pencil in her

Temagami Artistic Collective Presents - Guita Pull

Join David Laronde, John Evans, Randy Becker, Lee Gagne and Robert Young of Guita Pull April 10th 2010 at the Temagami Welcome Centre Theatre at 8:00pm.
Good Music! Good Times! Seating is Limited and for more information you can call 569-2904.

Open Mic at Chat Noir Books

Satuday, May 1st, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm, Chat Noir Books is hosting an Open Mic on Saturday May 1st. We are looking for performers to come out and play a few songs
maybe read some poetry.

Seating is limited and we are asking people to bring food donation, for our local food bank.

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