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Book Launch: Queer Sci-fi & Horror Double Header

  • Glad Day Bookshop 499 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6 Canada (map)

Glad Day's own bookseller and science fiction writer, MJ Lyons, is joined by fellow Presses Renaissance Press horror author Elizabeth Hirst for a sci-fi and horror extravaganza at the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore!

Hosted by award-winning author David Demchuk, with readings by local sci-fi/fantasy and horror authors, get your summer reading started right!

THE FACE IN THE MARSH by Elizabeth Hirst
Kenzie is twenty-five, with two degrees and no job prospects. When her parents offer her a job curating their museum, Ettenby’s Log Palace, she accepts out of desperation, despite their history of family conflict. She arrives praying that her secrets will stay buried, and her hard-won mental health won’t relapse. Once at the Log Palace, Kenzie is fascinated by an unsettling collection of junk dolls found on the property. As she follows the thread left by the collection, she discovers a history of poltergeist activity, witchcraft and death on the small island housing the museum.

The year is 1893, and airships cloud the skies over the bustling metropolis of Toronto. The city is set to host the world’s fair thanks in no small part to the work of two fantastical inventors. On the day of the grand opening, young Norwood Quigley, scion of a world-famous airship magnate, stumbles onto the scene of a murder; the victim: a Prussian Ambassador; the perpetrator: a Chinese assassin, or so the powers-that-be say. Concerned by the would-be assassin's claim of innocence and his assumed guilt by higher powers, Norwood is thrown into a grand intrigue that hinges on Toronto’s world fair.

Renaissance was founded in May 2013 by a group of friends who wanted to publish and market those stories which don’t always fit neatly in a genre, or a niche, or a demographic, drawn to the voices of those who are members of a marginalized group (people with disabilities, LGBTQIAPP2+ people, people of colour), and these are the voices they continue to uplift.

Glad Day is an accessible space.