What I love about the YYC Queer Writers anthologies is how the writers keep on surprising me, and also, keep on changing the world. Today’s featured author and story are fucking AMAZING.
As we countdown to the launch of the fourth YYC Queer Writers anthology, you get to meet our fab contributors, and listen to some fab music.
Today’s featured author is BEATRICE AUCOIN.
BEATRICE AUCOIN is a queer writer originally from Cape Breton. She makes her home in downtown Calgary with her wife, Brett Bergie; their son, Sam; and rescue cat, Tom. You can learn more about Beatrice’s writing and cat sitting business at beatriceaucoin.com.
This is how her story, “The Steward of the Treaty 7 Sodium Forest,” set 500 years in the future, starts:
I knew Uncle Danny was dead before I opened my eyes. I couldn’t hear the raspy gasps that had punctuated his every breath since his cancer had started resisting all the treatments the matrices printer could give.
Uncle Danny had asked me yesterday to set up hammocks atop his favourite sodium tree. It stood slightly taller than its gleaming grey and white fellows beside the Elbow Arroyo and provided a view to the western mountains. The Old Earth Treaty 7 maps showed that this tree’s location had been where the annual Stampede was last held about four hundred years ago. This city in Treaty 7 had about four million people at its height as a centre for climate change refugees.
See? We don’t just write porn.
This is the song you should listen to as you’re reading it:
Want all of A QUEER SUMMER NIGHT IN COWTOWN? Pre-Orders now available at:
- AMAZON (live)
- KOBO (coming soon)
- CHAPTERS (coming soon)
And, if you’re in Calgary, our launch party closes Calgary Stampede week:
All profits from the anthology’s sales go to benefit Alberta’s Camp Fyrefly.
Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Camp fYrefly is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. In a word, it helps keep queer kids alive.
WARNING: Although we are fundraising for a youth program, the content of our anthology contains mature themes, frequently of a sexual nature, and is intended for an adult audience.
But, the launch party is all ages. Bring your kids; dress accordingly.
Drop-ins welcome. but if we know you’re coming, we can make sure we don’t run out of books for you.