Ottawa ChiSeries on March 30, 2016
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The Chiaroscuro Reading Series is open to the public and offers readings from authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

We want to provide a casual environment for fans of genre material to discover new authors and meet with old favourites.

Authors from backgrounds of under-represented groups, minorities, and at-risk communities have found a welcoming environment for their work and a venue for sharing their stories, literal and figurative, at the Chiarscuro Reading Series. We have also provided a place for authors who identify as queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, Two-Spirit, bisexual, asexual, ally, gay, and genderqueer, to share their work with a wider audience, and hope, in future, to host authors from still more aspects of that pan-inclusive, and too often marginalized, aspect of the Canadian Field.

We are open to any and all under-represented groups, and actively seek out writers with interesting stories to tell, fascinating viewpoints to share, and authors from distinct backgrounds who represent a different, or alternate view, from what we normally see. In a city as richly diverse as Toronto we consider this a necessity and a privilege, and will continue to make it our business to seek out compelling, accomplished, and emerging professional writers from different cultural and social perspectives.

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the nominees for the 2014 Prix Aurora Award. The Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa branches of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series have been nominated in the Best Fan Organizational category! Our thanks to everyone who nominated us. It's a great honour to have three branches on the ballot.


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