Two New Articles About the Future

Hello all, in celebration of Back to the Future Day/Month/Year, here are two new articles I’ve written about different aspects of the future.

At TruthDig, my thoughts on nostalgia for a future that never existed but we can’t seem to give up. READ IT HERE.



Meanwhile, over at, I’ve written a piece about how we’re in the 45th year of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock.

We Embraced the Future and
It Nearly Killed Us

Forty-Five Years Later We’re Still Suffering from Future Shock READ IT HERE.


FIRST Trees On Mars Radio Interview

FIRST Trees On Mars Radio Interview:

Listen to It online HERE.



The New Book Comes Out This Fall!

Complete details including excerpts are HERE.


Hal on the Radio talking FHRITP and public shaming.

I was on the radio this morning talking about public shaming and FHRITP. You can hear all 8 minutes here.

CBC Hypes up the Campus Poem















CBC hypes up the campus poem Twitter experiment I’m conducting as part of my writer-in-residency with McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library! Read the article here.




Hal at the Pages Festival + Conference

  • I will be speaking at a panel discussion about The Future of Self-publishing being held as part of the new Pages Festival + Conference in Toronto. It should be a pretty interesting discussion as I am likely to have a very different perspective on self publishing than anyone at Kobo or Wattpad.

  • with: Hal Niedzviecki, Nathan Maharaj, Caitlin O’Hara, Ashleigh Gardner, Deborah Barnett, Bob Kasher and moderator Robert K. Logan

  • Friday March 14. 3:30pm. At the Tranzac Club, Toronto

  • Even description: Self-publishing has become a global phenomenon. Last year over 350,000 titles were self-published in the US alone. Self-publishing has become a key way for global self-expression in many countries without a massive publishing infrastructure or suffering under onerous regimes of censorship and state control. Our panel looks at these and other areas of interest and concern in this fast growing, fast changing environment. How will it affect literary publishing? What kind of controls can or should be put on it? Will it continue to grow? Panelists include representatives from key platforms like Kobo and WattPad as well as successful self-published authors.

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From Selfie to Overshare



Check out my article on the evolution of peep culture.

Why the selfie boom takes oversharing a step too far

The Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2013 is “selfie.” Great, you’re thinking, time for the equivalent of a cyber shrug: quick break from work spent googling the suddenly ubiquitous lists of “Seattle selfies of the year,” “top celebrity selfies” and “selfie dos and don’ts.” Even five years ago, these kinds of pronouncements seemed far more revealing. In 2008 Websters Dictionary gave “overshare” word-of-the-year status. It is, they gushed, “a verb and a noun” and “a new word for an old habit made astonishingly easy by modern technology.”

Read the rest in the Globe and Mail here…


Are You Ready to Embrace the Apocalypse? – Piece by Hal in The Guardian

Hey all, I’ve got a piece online at about embracing the apocalyptic future. Please give it a read and let me know what you think!

Dead fire-damaged trees near Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia

Here’s the first little bit of it…

This weekend the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire will be home to Uncivilisation 2013, which describes itself as “a gathering of people searching for answers to questions about our collective future in a rapidly changing and depleting world”. At Uncivilisation about 400 people are expected to attend sessions including a wild-food foraging workshop, a talk on moving beyond a monetary-based economy, and a ceremony of singers and storytellers leading the group in a “liturgy of loss”.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately. I’ve got two daughters. The youngest turned two this spring, an occasion that gave me the opportunity to carve out the mental space to start a new writing project and reflect on what the world is going to look like in 40 years, when she’s my age.

Broken Pencil and NXNE Present: Sex and Death

Broken Pencil and NXNE Present: Sex and Death


SEX AND DEATH: A NIGHT OF READINGS AND MUSICFeaturing music from: Terry Clement, Gregory Pepper and Isaac Paris
Featuring readings by: Liz Worth, Joey Comeau, Natalie Zina Walschots, Hal Niedzviecki and Aaron Manczyk

Hosted by Lindsay Gibb and Alison Lang
At Creatures Creating (822 Dundas St. West)

Wednesday June 12, the year of our Lord 2013
Get evil.


Terry Clement is a psychedelic comedian who focuses on sex, death and whimsy.
This year, Clement will debut his first solo show, “Din Times 8″ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and will appear at the Bestival Music Festival in England.




Gregory Pepper: Pinball pop music from Guelph, Ontario with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Pepper will offer up some solo renditions of his catchy odes to death with a dash of sex.



Issac Paris is a veteran of large music festivals and tiny dingy bars in Alaska and has written for burlesque shows, performed in both the fiercely competitive New York city comedy scene and the welcoming world of public education and libraries.






Liz Worth is an author and performance poet. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, gives an in-depth account of Toronto’s punk scene. She is also the author of the poetry collection Amphetamine Heart. Her next book, PostApoc, will be released in October.






Joey Comeau is best known for writing the text of the webcomic A Softer World, and for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified.



Aaron Manczyk is one third of the Toronto based art collective Family Contact. In early 2011 he independently published his first graphic novel No Nookie in the North and in 2012 released the erotic thriller Cum Lung.



Natalie Zina Walschots is a music writer and poet. She writes the column “Postcards” for the Toronto Standard, a series of postcard-length poetic album reviews. Natalie’s second book of poetry, DOOM: Love Poems For Supervillains, was published by Insomniac Press in the spring of 2012.


Hal Niedzviecki is the founder and publisher of Broken Pencil and the author of 8 books including The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors and the short story collection Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened.

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