New to the speculative fiction and urban fantasy community, Ravenstone joins the efforts of others in announcing that the 2013 Aurora Award nominations are now open. Our titles, Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther and Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley, qualify for the category of Best Novel.
From January 1, 2013 through to April 15, 2013 any Canadian Science Fiction or Fantasy work conducted or produced in 2012 is eligible for nomination. A work is nominated for an Aurora Award by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA). Any Canadian citizen or landed immigrant may join CSFFA by paying an annual due of $10 (either through Paypal, online credit card or by mailing in a cheque.) Follow these steps to nominate (taken from the Prix Aurora Awards website):
1. Renew your membership for 2013, if you have not already. Go to www.prixaurorawards.ca/Membership//
2. Once you have renewed, a link will appear to the online nomination form. Enter up to three nominations in each of the categories. Tell them as much as you know about the entry, especially in the fan categories.
More information about the Prix Aurora Awards nomination proccess can be found here.
Gintherâ€™s urban fantasy titled Thunder Road (2012), along with his forthcoming book, Tombstone Blues (2013) launches a fantasy series set in Winnipeg. Driven by one of the grittiest soundtracks known to rock 'n roll, Ginther creates a world where the ancient gods of Norse mythology emerge from legend to wreak havoc among humans.
"Chadwick Ginther is a major new talent. His stunning debut novel grabs you by the throat and shakes you mercilessly; his prose is vivid and sharp and his are settings gritty and terrifyingly real. This is serious fantasy for grownups." â€”Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Triggers
Karen Dudleyâ€™s ingeniously original Food for the Gods (2012)and its sequel, Kraken Bake (2014), reinvent a classical hero, while bringing to life the crowded, throbbing streets of ancient Athens in a way that both honours Greek mythology and reinterprets it for a new generation of readers.
"Karen Dudley takes Greek mythology and gives it a wild spin. This giddy mashup of fantasy, mystery, comedy, cookbook, and self-help column is bawdy, inventive, and just plain fun."â€”Sharon Shinn, author of the Twelve Houses Series
Chadwick Ginther's story â€śFirst Lightâ€ť appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of On Spec, the premier Canadian magazine of speculative fiction, and his reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Prairie Books NOW and The Winnipeg Review. In July of 2011 Chadwick Ginther was Aqua Booksâ€™ Emerging Writer-in-Residence. A bookseller for over 10 years, he lives and writes in Winnipeg. Read his author blog here.
Karen Dudley worked in field biology, paleo-environmental studies, and production art before turning to mystery and now speculative fiction writing. She has wriiten four environmental mysteries featuring biologist Robyn Devara. Born in France, Karen now lives in Winnipeg. Read her author blog here.
Turnstone Press is one of Manitobaâ€™s most respected independent literary presses, publishing quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for over 35 years. In 1998 Turnstone Press launched Ravenstone, an imprint of literary genre titles. Turnstone Press imprint Ravenstone, known until now for its mysteries and thrillers, expanded in fall 2012 to include speculative fiction and urban fantasy.