Suspend reality for a while and meet some of the world’s most praised writers of speculative fiction. Jacek Dukaj won the European Union Prize for Literature and Kościelski Award for Ice, set in an alternate universe where the First World War never broke out and the Kingdom of Poland is frozen under the power of a vicious oppressor. Order of Canada recipient Guy Gavriel Kay presents A Brightness Long Ago, set in a vivid world evoking Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love and ambition. Game of Thrones meets Gladiator, in Evan Winter’s debut epic fantasy The Rage of Dragons, about a world caught in an eternal war and the young man who will become his people’s only hope for survival. The conversation will be moderated by Mark Askwith and the event’s host will be Jason Loo.
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Mark Askwith is a writer, producer and interviewer. He is one of the Founding Producers of SPACE, Canada’s National Science Fiction and Fantasy Channel, where he contributed to The Circuit, HypaSpace, and InnerSpace. He was also the Producer of Special Projects. Prior to SPACE he was the creator/producer of Prisoners of Gravity, the Producer of Imprint and the manager of the Silver Snail.
Jacek Dukaj is a Polish writer and author of novellas, short stories and essays. He’s a worldbuilder, storyteller and idea man who—at the limits of humanity, reason and language—practices his art of the great narrative and immersive fiction. He was born in 1974 and lives in Cracow, Poland. Supported by Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.
Guy Gavriel Kay is the international bestselling author of many novels and a book of poetry. He has been awarded the International Goliardos Prize for his work in literature of the fantastic and won the World Fantasy Award for Ysabel in 2008. In 2014, Kay was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages.
Jason Loo is a Toronto-based cartoonist who got his start freelancing illustration work for magazines, newspapers, and educational books for children. He is the comic creator behind Toronto's pretty decent superhero The Pitiful Human-Lizard. Jason was also nominated for a prestigious 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award for his work on the comic series. Other comic works by Jason include a short story for volume three of Toronto Comic Anthology and art for volume five of Kill Shakespeare (IDW Publishing). Currently, Jason is the comic artist of the upcoming Comixology Originals title Afterlist with Eisner Award-winning comic writer Chip Zdarsky.
Born in England to South American parents, Evan Winter was raised in Africa near the historical territory of his Xhosa ancestors. Evan has always loved fantasy novels, but when his son was born, he realized that there weren’t many epic fantasy novels featuring characters who looked like him. So, before he ran out of time, he started writing them.