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Chapter 7 of The Archaeologists

Chapter 7 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on the website of Geist Magazine. In which Tim wakes up on the forest floor and finds out he’s on a spirit quest…

Read chapter 7.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)



Chapter 5 of The Archaeologists

Chapter 5 of my novel The Archaeologists is now up on the website of The New Quarterly. In which we return to Tim, who climbs a tree and meets something strange in the night…

Read chapter 5.

Visit The Archaeologists serialization page to read past chapters and find out more about the novel.

(All 34 chapters of The Archaeologists will be published online on the websites of 5 great magazines between now and October. The novel will be published by ARP Books in Fall 2016.)



Walrus Talks the Future

I’ll be on Ottawa next week participating in The Walrus Talks The Future.

My talk will be called Present: A Brief History of the Future.

I’ll be joined by, among others, sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer and Frauke Zeller, co-creator of hitchBOT.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, come out to what should be a fantastic evening.


The Archaeologists Serialization Begins!

The Archaeologists (ARP Books) is the new novel by writer Hal Niedzviecki. It follows six people from the fictional edge city Wississauga, Ontario whose lives intersect when they become embroiled in a fight over the fate of a riverbed running behind their homes. In an exciting and unprecedented move, all 34 chapters of this tense, mysterious, off kilter and episodic novel will be serialized from April to October 2016. There will be one, or occasionally two, chapters released each week, available for free on the alternating websites of five excellent magazines.

SIGN UP AND WIN! Don’t miss the release of a new chapter!

Sign up for Hal Niedzviecki’s Archaeologists newsletter to be the first to know when a new chapter has been published! Plus, once a month, we will chose someone who has signed up for the newsletter to WIN a subscription to one of the wonderful magazines participating in the serialization or, in month six, the grand prize — signed copies of Niedzviecki’s novels The Archaeologists and The Program, an ARP prize pack and subscriptions to ALL participating magazines! Sign up below or HERE!

Read all the serialized chapters HERE.


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…


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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Lecture on the past, present and future of Self Publishing

Lecture: Self Publishing

Thursday May 23rd, 7:30-9:30 Mississauga Civic Centre.Register for the lecture HERE.

This one is for the people of Mississauga, Ontario: Hal Niedzviecki founder/publisher of Broken Pencil Magazine: guide to zine and independent publishing, will be doing a talk at the Civic Centre on self publishing. Bring your book ideas and he’ll give feedback and critique.

Talk description: This talk will look at the past, present and future of self publishing. The history of self publishing will be used to provide context for the current debates around the rise of e-book self publishing as a viable approach for writers. The various methods of self publishing that have developed over the last two centuries will be explained, explored and demonstrated. Models to be explored will include zines, chapbooks, books and ebooks as well as some aspects of self-marketing including blogs, media and social media. There will be a question and answer session following the talk. Hal Niedzviecki is celebrated author, journalist and co-founder/editor of Broken Pencil magazine. His most recent book is Look Down, This Is Where It Must Have Happened (City Lights, 2011).

Call for Participants: Focus Group on Post-Graduation Experiences

April 10, 2013

 Please share this with possible participants.

 Hello, my name is Hal Niedzviecki. I am looking for eight people to participate in a focus group session on the topic of the experiences of recent university or college graduates in the Toronto area.

I am a Toronto-based author and researcher, author of eight books about individuality, pop culture and technology. This focus group research will be applied to an upcoming project I am currently developing.

I am looking for university or college graduates ages 25-30. Participants must have completed a degree program. Participants must be willing to openly discuss their post-graduation experiences including issues such as career, relationships, consumer habits and other issues related to post-graduation.


The focus group session will take place in downtown Toronto in the College St. and Beverley St. area near the University of Toronto. This area is easily accessible by public transit. The session will take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening in May from 7-9pm. All participants will receive a $70 honorarium upon completing the focus group.

Those interested in taking part in the focus group should email with an email stating their name, age, contact phone number, date of graduation and the name of the program and institution they have received a degree from.

For more information about the work of Hal Niedzviecki, please visit

Disappearing Books

Beyond Book Burning: Disappearing Books in the Digital Age


I’m on a panel discussion this Friday – details here – at the Toronto Reference Library. I’ll be sitting down with Stephen Henighan Jesse Hirsh and moderator Mark Medley to talk about new and varied forms of censorship beyond simply banning or burning books. The event is put on by PEN Canada, the Canadian chapter of an organization I’m proud to be a member of. This is going to be a very interesting conversation and for those of you who can’t make it, I’ll try and post some of the highlights next week. But for those of you who can, I urge you to come on down and join the fun.

What’s really exciting about this panel is that it covers a topic I’ve long written about and thought about, though primarily as a lone voice in the wilderness. And now an organization like PEN is taking it up.  This conversation is long overdue. I don’t want any spoilers to dissuade people from coming out but some of the issues we’ll be addressing include: *Why are publishers dropping so many authors? *Can self publishing fill the gap? *Can decisions multinational corporations make based on profit agendas be described as censorship? *There are more books than ever, so why does it feel like the book is disappearing? Stay tuned people, answers (or at least opinions) on all these questions coming soon…