Events & Workshops

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Start: April 25, 2023 - 7:00 pm
To: 8:30 pm (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Cat Abenstein - Program Coordinator
Start: April 25, 2023 - 7:00 pm
To: 8:30 pm (SK Time)

Queer Street: Urban Fantasy and Radical Construction with Jes Battis


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This workshop will not be recorded.


This workshop is in partnership with the Regina Public Library for their Writes of Spring programming, a month-long celebration of writers and readers. You have a story, we can help you tell it.


This program is conducted through Zoom. Register through the RPL website to receive a reminder, the evaluation and any resource materials or just click the link to join: 


Please note: anyone in Saskatchewan with a valid library card (from all regional libraries) can register for these programs. The direct Zoom link is provided above in the event you do not have a valid SK library card and cannot register. Where possible, please register.


Queer Street:  Urban Fantasy and Radical Construction


The title of this workshop plays on a moment in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--when a character warns us about the dangers of “going down queer street”--as well as the idea that our fantasy worlds are always under construction.  We’ll discuss how urban fantasy blossoms within cities, towns, and communities, and how we can build fantastic otherwheres that address inequalities within our own world.  I’ll focus primarily on developing queer and trans characters (and worlds) within this genre, but we’ll also talk about intersecting experiences and how the magic of urban fantasy allows us to portray those complexities.


Jes Battis is the author of the Occult Special Investigator series (shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic), as well as the Parallel Parks series.  They’ve written nonfiction for The Los Angeles Review of Books and Strange Horizons, and published poetry in The Malahat Review, The Capilano Review, and Poetry is Dead, among other journals.  Their latest book, The Winter Knight, is a queer Arthurian murder mystery set in Vancouver (to be released by ECW Press in April of 2023).    







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