This is my third year attending Ottawa’s ‘Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature’. And once again organizers Derek Kunsken, Marie Bilodeau, Nicole Lavigne, and all the volunteers, have made it a great success.
The highlight for me was Bundoran Press’ Friday night party and book launch of Second Contacts, the anthology edited by myself and Hayden Trenholm. We also launched Falcon’s Egg by Edward Willett, who was also the convention’s guest of honour. Both books were well-received with readings by Ed Willett, Nicole Lavigne, Matt Moore, Andrew Barton, and Liz Westbrook-Trenholm.
The next day I also helped launch Robotica, published by Pop Seagull Publishing, and edited by Elizabeth Hirst. I did a reading along with my fellow writers Ira Nayman, Robert B. Finegold, Amy Sisson, and Timothy Carter. The launch was well-attended and there was cake!
I Read from my On Spec story, Serenade on Lake Ontario. Special thanks to Annette Mocek and Michael Green for attending my reading. Their presence was much appreciated, especially since they were the only two there.
When not doing panels I spent much of my time working at the Bundoran Press table with fellow partners and friends Hayden Trenholm and Liz Westbrook-Trenholm where we sold many of our great books.
Saturday night was another great Halloween party thrown by the convention. Unfortunately I had a wardrobe malfunction and had to go as myself.
Sunday had my convention roommate Ryan McFadden do his own book launch of the The Cursed Black Swan available through Dragon Moon Press.
I had two very successful book pitches with Robert Runte of Five Rivers Publishing and Gabrielle Harbowy and Fanny Darling of Dragon Moon Press.
Can-Con is a convention that loves to keep its panelists busy, but I managed to attend some great panels including the Police Procedure panel where much of Hollywood law is compared to law in the real world and how some of those shows have affected the justice system.
Many, many achievements unlocked.