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September 2014

Diversity in Science Fiction

September 27, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (2)

Diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy will be a roundtable discussion moderated by L√©onicka Valcius, with panelists Charlotte Ashley, Leah Bobet, E.L. Chen, Malon Edwards, and Tonya Liburdis. The panel will offer a wide-ranging discussion about diversity in the Canadian and North American lit and spec fic fields, their various forms, what works, what doesn't, and wherever else the discussion goes from there.

The event will take place Saturday, the 27th of September, at 7:00 pm, in the basement auditorium of the Lillian H. Smith branch. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Merril Collection. The event is free.

Voices of the dispossed, speaking out

September 5, 2014 | Lorna | Comments (0)

Long_HiddenLong Hidden: Speculative fiction from the margins of history offers short fiction giving a voice to the silent spear carriers of history, letting the people who are supposed to suffer in silence speak out. "The Oud" by Thoraiya Dyer and "It's War" by Nnedi Okorafor reveal the personal pain and cultural devastation caused by military actions. Standout stories include "Ogres of East Africa" by Sofia Samatar and "Diyu" by Robert William Iveniuk. The short stories show people in a wide range of different cultures coming to grips with their problems and resolving them as best they can, providing an absorbing view of history from the other side of the mirror.  

 

The Merril Collection holds over 70,000 items, all science fiction, fantasy, or horror, as well as non-fiction about science fiction and fantasy. The materials are available for reading room use only. For more information call the Merril Collection at 416-393-7748.