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Just in time for the dead to rise, I talk to Open Book about my new collection, Has the World Ended Yet?, and other festive topics.
I had a great time at the Vancouver Writers Festival this year – it’s always such a treat to meet smart, creative readers and talk writing and books with gifted people like Lydia Kwa and Sean Cranbury.
I’m not sure what I’m saying in this screen grab – I think maybe: “The road to salvation is that way, not with this tawdry, earthly book down here.”
A little reminder I’ve got a couple of upcoming appearances around the same time my new book, Has the World Ended Yet?, launches.
This is going to be otherworldly. I’ll be taking part in the Trips to the Other World event at the 2017 Vancouver Writers Festival along with Lydia Kwa. Hosted by the always ethereal Sean Cranbury. Here’s the pitch:
Vancouver journalist Peter Darbyshire is also a blogger and author. His collection of 19 linked short stories, Has the World Ended Yet?, starts with retired superheroes living in a soulless suburbia where everyone gets lost trying to get home. Then the angels start to fall from the sky. Darbyshire weaves together superheroes, ghosts, the undead, a hired hitman, the Cold War, the rapture and avenging angels in a Twilight Zone-style collection that is riveting and human. Vancouver psychologist and author Lydia Kwa transports us to seventh-century China, which teems with magic, fox spirits and demons. Singapore-born Kwa updates traditional Chinese mythology to include female empowerment and a wickedly modern sensibility. Fantasy with a modern twist will be on full display this afternoon.
Saturday, Oct. 21
1398 Cartwright St.,
Be there or be in some alternate dimension.
Escapist Fiction to Escape the World
I’ll be appearing at VCON this year on the “Escapist Fiction to Escape the World” panel. Here are the details:
Sometimes, when you pick up a book, all you really want to do is fall into the fiction and get away from reality. So tell us, out of all your favourite novels and stories – the ones in the well thumbed softcovers and the hardcovers without dust-jackets that you always pull of the shelf, pull up in Kindle or sync up on Audible – which is the BEST Escapist Fiction to Escape the World.
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC
From now on I’m measuring all the snowfall in my neighbourhood in Hulk units of measurement.
I have a complicated relationship with Remembrance Day, given that I’m German and my grandfather fought in the Wehrmacht. I generally try to keep a low profile in ceremonies….
I never knew my grandfather because he was killed by the French resistance. Family lore is he detested the SS types, and I like to believe that. My grandmother later met another soldier, a Panzer driver who had his arm blown off by Americans back when they were fighting the fascists. He was a lovely, gentle giving man and I have fond memories of him.
When someone in my family asked my step-grandfather why the German people let Hitler get in power, he said, “He told us what we wanted to hear. And then we were all at war.”
That’s how history happens