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.
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
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.