Toronto: May 5 – 7, Ad Astra
Join publishers, authors, cosplayers, podcasters, and creatives in all aspects of speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, weird fiction, slipstream, and more!) in Toronto’s #1 convention about genre literature. They’re using #AdAstra2017 for social media updates.
I’ll be in the vendor room, acting as a panelist, and, giving a reading from my upcoming book The Wrath of Atticus (if the gods of scheduling are with me!).
Grab your ticket to this fabulous event, where I started my fiction career!
Ottawa: Oct 13 – 15, The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (CanCon SF)
With a focus on the science behind genre, as well as the craft of writing, CanCon*SF will become one of your favourite genre conventions. I’m pleased to be returning as a panelist and launch The Wrath of Atticus at this power-house event. Register early – the programming is so diverse, I dare you to accomplish it all!
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Ad Astra April 29, 30 and May 01 – (Richmond Hill, ON) attendee & book seller
May 4th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Book signing at Indigo Spirit, Mt. Sinai Hospital. Purchase your copy of Growing a Rainbow: The Premature Journey of a Two Pound Hero in support of The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation. Chat with Lesley about her experience in the Mt. Sinai NICU and her remarkable son’s struggle against all odds. This book makes a fantastic gift of hope and ideas for coping for premature mothers on Mother’s Day!
July 23-24: Limestone Genre Expo -attendee (Kingston, ON)
Where and When to find me at Can*ConSF:
Archeology: Indiana Jones vs Real Life Friday 9 p.m. (Sunset Rm., 2nd Flr): (moderating) This panel will question representations of archaeology in fiction and share knowledge of actual archaeological sites and research that may inspire new narratives in your next novel or non-fiction reading binge. This is also your chance to ask archaeologists about their work, new technologies that help archeologists, like radar, archeo-DNA analysis, and chemical and molecular analysis.
Brave New Baby Saturday 11 a.m. (Sunset Rm., 2nd Flr): Tremendous new medical tools are now available to improve lives and combat disease, such as stem cell banking, gene therapy, cyborging, and early integration with technology. What exactly is the field of now and the medical field in 20-40 years from now, and how is science fiction engaging with it?
The Ed Greenwood Group’s Stormtalons Saturday 1 p.m. (Dawn Rm., 3rd Flr): Ed Greenwood made his fame with the creation of D&D’s Forgotten Realms. He re-enters the world of fantasy with several dozen other novelists and short story writers. Ed and his authors discuss what they are creating in the vast new fantasy world called Stormtalons.
Shakespear in SF Saturday 4 p.m. (Dawn Rm., 3rd Flr): 400 years after his death, we continue to use Shakespeare’s characters, themes and plotlines in the stories we tell. This panel will discuss Shakespeare’s continuing relevance to modern stories, why we return to his work to enhance our own, and how the world of Shakespeare intersects with that of science fiction and fantasy.
Can*ConSF Reading of The Queen’s Viper:
Saturday, Sept., 10th at noon (Guildhall Con Suite, 3rd Flr)
Sunday, Sept. 25: The Word on the Street Festival – Toronto
Genre Zone BOOTH NUMBER 742 or 743 (it’s the same booth)
Find me down by the water!
Virtual FantasyCon October 9 -16
This is a great convention – in your home! No line ups, no worries, Hell, you don’t even have to wear pants. Details are still pending about this Facebook event, so keep an eye on the site. Check out my author profile.
Previous Select Appearances
Nov 1 – Nov 8: Virtual FantasyCon 2015, brought to you by A Taste of Fantasy Online
Find Lesley’s booth during Fairytale Thursday and Urban Friday.
I’ll be online throughout most of the day. Leave your name at my booth and you’ll be automatically entered for a random draw. Sign up for the newsletter to get a second chance at winning a signed copy of The Queen’s Viper.
Nov 21: Bookapalooza in Whitby (Durham region – details to come)
Nov 28: The Queen’s Viper Book Release Party
Lesley will be at Blissdom Canada Oct 13-16
Facebook Event: All Hallows Book Party Oct 29 – Nov 1
Find Lesley online Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 4pm and Sunday @ 1 pm (don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour!)
The Word on the Street Toronto Festival, Harbourfront
Sept 27th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Publisher PS booth #103
Ad Astra: Toronto’s Premier SciFi and Fantasy Fan Convention
Panelist and reading/preview The Queen’s Viper
April 10-12, 2015
Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel, Richmond Hill
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Lesley will be on the following panels
Fri 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM : Jesus’ Brother Bob and Cleopatrick : Inventing Real People for Alternate Histories
Sat 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Better Author Websites
Sat 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM : Beyond Wikipedia: The Future of Fact Finding and Checking
Sat 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM : The Tip of the Tongue, The Teeth, The Lips: How To Read Your Writing To An Audience
GET YOUR PREVIEW of The Queen’s Viper
Sun 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM : Readings in the Whitman Room
Charlene Challenger & Lesley Donaldson-Reid
INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair – EVENT CANCELLED BY ORGANIZERS (well, that’s a bummer!)
Growing a Rainbow – Book Launch, Etobicoke
Journal Writing as a Coping Tool – Toronto Public Library Workshop, Toronto, Mon Oct 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair, Toronto, Nov 13-16th, 2014
Find me at Booth #1425 with Doris Chung of Publisher-PS
Book Reading – The Hub Soapbox, Saturday Nov 15th at 3:40 p.m.
Nov 17th, 2014 World Prematurity Awareness Day: SiriusXM Canada’s The Ward and Al Show answering questions about prematurity, coping in the NICU and Growing a Rainbow