The Word On The Street (at Harbourfront)


This Sunday, September 27, marks the return of one of Toronto’s best literary events, The Word On The Street. The festival is Canada’s largest free book and magazine festival, featuring hundreds of author readings, discussions, and activities, and a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines anywhere. This year, for the first time, the outdoor free festival will be taking place at Toronto’s Harbourfront (moving it from its previous location, Queen’s Park).

I’ll be participating in the festival in a couple key ways. I’m hosting the This Is Not the Shakespeare Stage for the first half of the day, then I’ll be leading an illustration workshop at the Children’s Activity Stage later in the afternoon. Details can be found below and at The Word On The Street website.

This Is Not the Shakespeare Stage

11:45 AM – A Shot in the Dark – reading and discussion with Emil Sher (Young Man with Camera) and Chantel Guertin (Leading Lines: A Pippa Greene Novel)

The impact of technology on teenagers is a persistent subject of debate. Smartphones are often singled out as the objects of greatest influence, but what about cameras? Emil Sher and Chantel Guertin empower their teen characters by aiming their lenses at the social issues around them.

12:30 PM – Supernatural Sovereignty: Humans Defending the Earth – reading and discussion with Megan Crewe (The Clouded Sky), Leah Bobet (An Inheritance of Ashes), and Natalie Ghent (Dark Company)

Nobody likes to be pushed around, but the assertions of dominance in these fantasy novels go beyond bully threats or pressure from parents. Join Megan Crewe, Leah Bobet, and Natale Ghent in conversation as they discuss the use of aliens, gods, monsters, and demons as larger-than-life villains in their novels.

1:30 PM – Politics of a Parallel World – reading and discussion with Eve Silver (Crash), Kate Blair (Transferral), and Erin Bow (The Scorpion Rules)

They say one person can change the world, but when you’re up against governments that have normalized hostage taking, a diseased second-class citizenry, and a virtual reality game with fatal real-world consequences, it isn’t easy. Hear Erin Bow, Kate Blair, and Eve Silver speak about writing sinister systems and heroines equal to the task of taking them down.

Children’s Activity Tent

3:15 PM – Loyalist To A Fault – reading and illustration workshop with Evan Munday (that’s me!)

If you’re interested in drawing cartoons, you’re going to have to draw faces. Learn to draw your own cast of character faces with The Dead Kid Detective Agency series author and illustrator Evan Munday. He loves drawing faces, and during his short workshop, he’ll give young illustrators the tips and techniques they need to draw dynamic faces and facial expressions: both realistic and cartoony. Bring your pencils and paper, because you’ll be doing a lot of drawing at this workshop!

Activity suitability: Ages 7+

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Sept. 22 – Evan visits Ottawa’s ChiSeries


This Tuesday, September 22, I’ll be in Ottawa to read at the city’s ChiSeries, ChiZine’s monthly reading series bringing you the best voices in horror, fantasy and science fiction in several different Canadian cities. I’ll be reading alongside authors Yves Meynard (Chrysanthe) and Linda Poitevin (the Grigori Legacy series) at Maxwell’s (340 Elgin Street). So please join us for a night of (let’s be optimistic) incredible readings and fantastic times. Full details on the event and my esteemed co-readers follows:

ChiSeries Ottawa
featuring Yves Meynard, Evan Munday, and Linda Poitevin
Tuesday, September 22
Maxwell’s Bistro and Nightclub
340 Elgin St
7 p.m.

Yves Meynard was born in 1964, in the city of Québec, lived most of his life in Montreal and has recently moved to Ottawa. He has been active in Québec science fiction circles since 1986, serving as literary editor for the magazine Solaris from 1994 to 2001. He has published over thirty short stories in French and over a dozen in English. He is a multiple award winner, with several Boréal and Aurora Awards, along with the Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Québécois, Québec’s highest award in the field. He has published sixteen books in French and three in English, including The Book of Knights, a Mythopoeic Award finalist, and the massive novel Chrysanthe.
Linda Poitevin is a writer possessed of both a light side and a dark one. On the dark side, she’s the author of the Grigori Legacy, an urban fantasy series featuring a hard-as-nails cop caught up in the war between Heaven and Hell. In her lighter moments, she writes the sweet and funny Ever After contemporary romance series. And when she’s not plotting the world’s downfall or next great love story, she’s a wife, mom, friend, coffee snob, gardener, walker of a Giant Dog, minion to the Itty Bitty Kitty, and avid food preserver (you know, just in case that whole Zombie Apocalypse thing really happens).

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September 17: Launching Loyalist to a Fault!

Launch Party Invite

We’re only one week away from the launch of my new book, The Dead Kid Detective Agency # 3: Loyalist to a Fault, as well as the launch of Chantel Guertin‘s new book in her Pippa Greene series, Leading Lines. This delightful double launch takes place the evening of Thursday, September 17, at Get Well (1181 Dundas St. W.).  Please join Chantel, ECW Press, and me in celebrating the launch of two new books for young readers!

Even if you don’t like books or me very much, Get Well is filled with arcade games you can play for free, so you can just hang out in the corner and play Operation Wolf all night. Hope to see you there! Find the Facebook invitation here.

Launch Party: Leading Lines & Loyalist to a Fault
presented by ECW Press
book sales by Book City
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Get Well, 1181 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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Jen Agg portrait at Torontoist

Jen Agg, enjoying her drink of choice.

Jen Agg, enjoying her drink of choice.

Yesterday, I did my first-ever illustration for one of my favourite news sites, Torontoist, which I’ve been following for years and years. They asked me to draw a portrait of restaurateur Jen Agg (The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner), who has organized a conference tonight, Kitchen Bitches, that aims to tackle sexism in the restaurant industry. Journalist Victoria Chan interviewed Agg and gave some context for the landscape of women working in restaurants as a preview of the event.

I was so worried about this illustration! It’s only been about a couple years since I’ve drawn portraits of people – that is illustrations that aim to capture a real-life likeness. I started off with a serious trial by fire, drawing portraits of customers in the window of Type Books over a weekend, and since that event, I’ve been regularly drawing portraits. But it still fills me with a certain amount of dread. Drawing a portrait of a real person, whether living or dead, comes with a real responsibility, and it’s not one I take lightly. So every portrait is accompanied with various levels of anxiety: did I do the person justice? does it look like them at all?

These anxieties are always there, but worsen when illustrating someone I greatly admire. (Drawing good friends is nigh-impossible.) Being asked to drawn Jen Agg was an exercise in heightened anxiety. I don’t care that much about food. I mean, I like eating it, but I don’t follow chefs and restaurateurs the way some people follow film directors or authors. But I love the initiatives Agg has made to uncover misogyny, sexual harassment, and sexism in the food industry. And her Kitchen Bitches conference (you can read more about it here) is an important step toward eliminating those plagues from professional kitchens. According to Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 90 per cent of female restaurant workers have said they had been sexually assaulted or harassed in the workplace.

In any event, I faced my fears and drew Jen Agg. I hope I did a decent job! Please read Victoria Chan’s full article here.

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