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I'll be signing at the Small Press Book Fair, June 19

I'll be signing at the Small Press Book Fair this Sunday at Hart House at University of Toronto, as part of ChiZine Publications presence at the Fair. Come down to sample the best of the small presses, and to meet the CZP staff and other ChiZine authors. The Fair runs from 11am to 5pm, and I'll be signing my collection, Chimerascope (which is on this year's Aurora Award ballot), from 2-3pm. Details on the Fair are here.

Ride to Conquer Cancer update: I did it!

RTCC 2011 - pit stop Day 1I did it! This past weekend, June 11-12, I was one of over 4,600 cyclists who rode in the 2-day major cycling event called The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. This is the fourth year for the Ride, which this year raised a record $17.5 million for The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, to support cancer research, treatment, and services. The Princess Margaret is Canada's leading comprehensive institution devoted to cancer research and care. And with help from many of you who read this blog, I raised $4,185 myself. Thanks to all of you who supported me!

Reading at the eBar in Guelph on June 22

On Wednesday June 22, I'll be reading at the eBar in Guelph, along with friend and fellow writer, Marcy Italiano. The eBar is connected to the bookstore, The Bookshelf, at 41 Quebec Street (map). I'll be reading from my collection, Chimerascope, currently a finalist for the 2011 Aurora Awards. The readings run from 8-9pm, and then it's mixing, mingling, and munching. There will be books on hand to buy, and Marcy and I will be signing copies. If you're in the area, please drop by.

My collection IMPOSSIBILIA now available as an eBook!

(November 2012 update:  The PS Publishing ebook version has now been replaced by my new version, in both epub and mobi formats. More information here.)

I'm very pleased to announce that my first collection, Impossibilia, published in 2008 by the award-winning and most excellent UK press, PS Publishing, is now available in ebook format in both .epub and .mobi (Kindle) formats. You can buy directly from PS Publishing or from Amazon at the following links:

  • PS Publishing ordering link (.epub or .mobi formats)
  • Amazon ordering link (Kindle / .mobi format)

Impossibilia was a finalist for the 2009 Aurora Awards for best long form work. The lead story, "A Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh," was also a finalist for the 2009 Aurora for best short form work. Another story in the collection, "Spirit Dance," won the Aurora in 2001 for best short story. From the reviews:

"...stories that are so unusual and beautiful that no other name than Impossibilia could possibly describe this collection." "Impossibilia is a treasure to be savoured, like gourmet chocolates and fine wine...beautifully written and wondrously imagined." "The writing is superb. Douglas Smith is an artisan and his stories beautifully crafted. ... In my search for the perfect short story, the three in this volume certainly qualify." "Each tale was rapture and ecstasy, magical and mysterious, perfect and implausible." "Highly, highly recommended." "...echoes of Ellison and Bradbury..." "There is a certain exhilaration that comes from reading the book’s complex and powerfully emotional stories couched in that deft and smooth prose." "A fun romp that delivered something different......exhilarating, enjoyable..." "I loved them all from the first word to the last." "A book that ably demonstrates what Smith is capable of as a writer..." "Smith [lays] bare the psychological and emotional fragility that motivates his characters." "A wonderful book...Each [story] is an example of how a master at the art tells a story." "An amazing little collection." "[Smith deserves] to be known to by a very wide audience indeed.” "I don’t know what else to say...except READ THIS BOOK!!!"

And of course, you can still order the signed and numbered, limited hardcover edition (cover at left). More information on , including excerpts from the stories, can be found here. I hope that you'll check it out!

Support The Ride to Conquer Cancer and win a personalized ebook!

Just a reminder that on June 11-12, 2011, I'll be participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 2-day major cycling event sponsored by Enbridge and benefiting The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, one of the top 5 cancer research hospitals in the world. I'll be cycling over 200 km that weekend, from Toronto to Niagara Falls, with thousands of other riders. All the proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret to support cancer research, treatment, and services. Many of you have already shared this incredible adventure with me by supporting me in my fund raising efforts.

Guest blog by Susan Wingate

With the following blog post, I'm beginning what will be a regular occurrence of inviting other writers, editors, and miscellaneous creative peeps who I know to make a guest blog appearance here at "So Here's the Thing…". Today's guest is Award-winning and bestselling author, SUSAN WINGATE, co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES, on which I made a recent appearance. Susan's guest blog on her BookExpo America experience made me smile, reminding me of how author signings can manage to be challenging, tiring, humbling, strange, and fun, all at the same time. Here's Susan to tell you about it. – Doug

No Sleep Till You Get Back Home - BEA & Ice T Getting to New York is always an adventure when you're traveling from the west coast. Normally, I fly out from Seattle and make a connecting flight before reaching LaGuardia. Last year I flew into Philadelphia and promised never to do that again, since they schedule flights so close together that you usually miss the connection.

Edmonton Public Library appearances May 28 & 29

Thanks to an invitation from the nice people at the Edmonton Public Library, I will be in Edmonton this weekend, May 28-29, to do a reading / workshop on Saturday May 28, and a reading on Sunday May 29.

The Saturday workshop will be 1:30-4:00pm at the Strathcona Branch (8331 - 104 Street) and will be a joint effort by me and Diane Walton, Managing Editor of the most excellent Canadian speculative fiction magazine, On Spec. The workshop structure (more of a lecture with Q&A, actually) will follow a finished story from marketing to sale to post-sale, from the perspective of both a writer (me) and editor (yes, you're right, Diane). Here's what Diane and I are planning:

Blog Talk Radio interview now available

Fellow writers Susan Wingate and Joshua Miller recently interviewed me on their "Between the Lines" show on Blog Talk Radio about Chimerascope, short fiction, ebooks, foreign markets, and more. You can listen to the archived podcast of the interview here. My interview starts about 9.5 minutes into the show.


CHIMERASCOPE makes the 2011 Aurora Award final ballot

The finalists for the 2011 Aurora Awards have been announced, and my collection Chimerascope is on the ballot, under the category, "Best English Related Work." The full ballot is shown below. Congratulations and best of luck to all the finalists. PROFESSIONAL AWARDS Best English Novel Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, Great Plains Publications Destiny's Blood by Marie Bilodeau, Dragon Moon Press Stealing Home by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking Canada Watch by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada Best English Short Story "The Burden of Fire" by Hayden Trenholm, Neo-Opsis #19 "Destiny Lives in the Tattoo's Needle" by Suzanne Church, Tesseracts Fourteen, EDGE "The Envoy" by Al Onia, Warrior Wisewoman 3, Norilana Books "Touch the Sky, They Say" by Matt Moore, AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review, November "Your Beating Heart" by M. G. Gillett, Rigor Amortis, Absolute Xpress Best English Related Work Chimerascope, Douglas Smith (collection), ChiZine Publications The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, DAW Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick, EDGE On Spec, edited by Diane Walton, Copper Pig Writers Society Tesseracts Fourteen, edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, EDGE

Blog Talk Radio interview today!

A little short notice, but I'm being interviewed today by writers Susan Wingate and Joshua Graham on Blog Talk Radio. Hope that you can tune in!



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