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ChiSeries Winnipeg

Wednesday Jul 06 2016 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
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Featuring Matt Cahill and David Neil Lee reading and joined in conversation by Chadwick Ginther and S.M. Beiko.

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is an award-winning Canadian speculative fiction series taking place in Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Learn more online.

Part Philip K. Dick, part postmodern mystery, Matt Cahillís debut novel The Society of Experience (Wolsak & Wynn) is an inventive, fast-paced story of a manís journey through streets, alleyways and deserted buildings in search of a better tomorrow. It was picked as one of the top must-reads by Harperís Bazaar magazine. Matt has contributed essays to Ryeberg and Torontoist, and his short stories have appeared with Found Press and The Rusty Toque. Raised in Southern Ontario and Alberta, he lives and works in downtown Toronto, where he has a private practice as a psychotherapist. Check out his website.

David Neil Leeís young adult novel The Midnight Games (Wolsak & Wynn) is set in gritty, post-industrial Hamilton and blends the rich horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the pace of a modern mystery. David Lee was born and raised in Mission, BC. Upon receiving his BA in English from UBC, he moved to Toronto where he worked for the jazz magazine Coda and, with his wife, Maureen Cochrane, ran the publishing house Nightwood Editions. He also studied double bass and worked actively in Toronto avant-garde theatre, dance, and multi-media performances, as well as touring internationally and recording with the Bill Smith Ensemble, Leo Smith, and Joe McPhee. He is the author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field and Commander Zero. David Lee lives in Hamilton with his family.


The Society of Experience

- Matt Cahill

Trade paperback $22.00
Reader Reward Price: $19.80

When his father - a distinguished writer - unexpectedly passes away, Derrick van der Lem's insulated world implodes, leaving a much stranger and crueler place than the one he knew. In the midst of his downward spiral, the mysterious Society of Experience asks him to take part in a baffling science experiment involving time travel, with the possibility of changing his life and pulling him out of his rut. When the experiment begins to untangle, Derrick finds himself out of his depth and in the middle of a nightmare, with only the company of a beautiful stranger to steer him from chaos to heartbreak. Meanwhile, who are the society, and what are their true intentions for Derrick? Is time travel real, or is it yet another contrivance the Society has invented?

Part Philip K. Dick, part mystery, The Society of Experience is an inventive, fast-paced story of a man's journey for a better future through streets, alleyways and deserted buildings.

The Midnight Games

- David Neil Lee

Trade paperback $12.00
Reader Reward Price: $10.80

In the gritty steel town of Hamilton, Nate Silva has grown up with the familiar racket of football games from nearby Ivor Wynne Stadium. But now strange noises and music are coming from the stadium late at night, and the air throbs with the chanting of excited crowds. When Nate sneaks into one of these midnight games, he comes face to face with the fanatical followers of the Resurrection Church of the Ancient Gods, who are using mind control and human sacrifice in an attempt to summon the Great Old Ones who ruled the planet aeons ago. Nate tries to navigate this dangerous new world, but soon he's pursued by members of the Resurrection Church and is targeted by the murderous Hounds of Tindalos. With the help of the Lovecraft Underground, an outspoken librarian and a being from across the boundaries Nate struggles to keep the old gods away from his city, whatever the cost.