WORLDCON: The 75th World Science Fiction Convention


  • Date: August 9 – 13, 2017
  • Location: Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland

    Panelist: Can Writers of Science Fiction Predict the Future?

    Friday 12:00 – 13:00, 205 (Messukeskus)

    Jules Verne’s 1865 story of a rocket ship to the moon that blasts off from Florida, Brave New World‘s tale of high stakes testing and a medicated society, George Orwell’s novel of government surveillance and alternative facts, Star Trek’s smart phones, William Gibson’s pre-Internet virtual world, Octavia Butler’s preview of Trump’s America: Science fiction writers are often seen as prophets able to predict technological, social, and political realities that arrive in the near or far future. This panel discusses some of these works that are said to be prophetic.

    Su J. Sokol, Kathleen Ann Goonan (M), Ian Watson, Bao Shu

    Signing: Su J. Sokol

    Friday 15:00 – 16:00, Signing area (Messukeskus)

    Su J. Sokol

    Moderator: Beta Reading and Beta Readers

    Saturday 12:00 – 13:00, Hall 3 (Messukeskus)

    Authors have always depended on advance readers that can give comments and input before publication. For simplicity’s sake, we are going to call these beta readers. What characterises a good beta reader? How does the author and beta reader find each other? Why do we beta read? And is there such thing as a community between beta readers and authors?

    Charlie Stross, Katherine Jay, Su J. Sokol (M), Keren Landsman

    Moderator: Non-binary Genders in Post-human and Non-human Bodies

    Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, 216 (Messukeskus)

    Science fiction has always dealt with the concept of post-human life. The early gay movement in the US learned a lot from their networking with science fiction authors and fans. How does the idea of binary genders fit there – or does it?

    Su J. Sokol (M), Charlie Jane Anders, Emma Humphries, Helen Barford, JY Yang

    Moderator: Robot Morality

    Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, 205 (Messukeskus)

    With robot cars soon on our streets and with robots as caretakers questions of ethics and morals rise. How should a robot car choose to react in an accident (save passenger or save most lives)? What kinds of ethics and moral questions rise from using robots as caretakers of our children, elderly, disabled or ill. What about killer robots that are constructed by the armies of the world? Is it morally right to teach a robot to kill?

    Tara Oakes, Lilian Edwards, Tony Ballantyne, Su J. Sokol (M)


KOLA Readings/Lecture Kola

  • Date: Monday, September 11, 2017, 7pm – 9pm (19h – 21h)
  • Location: 2741 Notre-Dame West, Montréal

CAN-CON 2017: 

  • Date: October 13 – 15, 2017
  • Location: Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario



Salon du livres Anarchiste de Montréal/Montréal Anarchist Book Fair

  • Date: May 27 – 28, 2917, 10am to 5pm (10h – 17h)
  • Location: It takes place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet:
    • Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle, Montréal
    • Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman, Montréal 
      A short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro.

Come visit me at my table!

The Naughty Bits Book Club 

  • Date: Friday, April  28, 2017 10:00 PM
  • Location: Hotel 10, 10 rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC, Salle Godin
  • Host: Blue Met/Metropolis Bleu Literary Festival
  • Entry fee: $10

An event that recreates that early, furtive feeling of first reading something illicit. When you were too young to have actually done anything, but were VERY INTERESTED in certain passages of certain books. Readers will read hilarious and titillating sexcerpts from famous literary works. With: ❤ Ann-Marie MacDonald ❤ George Elliott Clarke ❤❤ Harry Giles ❤ Monique Polak ❤ Su J. Sokol

Montreal: Once and Future City of Refuge 

  • Date: Thursday, April  27, 2017 3:30 PM
  • Location: Hotel 10, 10 rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC, Salle Jardin
  • Host: Blue Met/Metropolis Bleu Literary Festival
  • Entry fee: $10

Writers from the world over—including the U.S—have found sanctuary in Montreal, and their fiction reflects this. Writers Ehab Lotayef (Crossing Gibraltar, To Love a Palestinian Woman), Cora Siré (Behold Things Beautiful, The Other Oscar), Su Sokol (Cycling to Asylum) and Caroline Vu (Palawan Story, That Summer in Provincetown) discuss the image of Montreal in literature as a city of refuge: past, present and future. Moderated by Jaggi Singh.

Diminishing Shadows

  • Date:  Thursday, March 30, 2017, Door open at 8 PM
  • Location: Casa del popolo, 4873 boulevard St Laurent, Montreal
  • Host: The Mile End Poets’ Festival
  • Entry fee: $7/PWYC

Our opening event of Mile End Poets’ Festival 2017. We are delighted to present ‘Diminishing Shadows’, hosted by Su Sokol & Blossom Thom.

Just as winter brings long shadows, politicians who promote an us-against-them perspective also cast shadows. As their rhetoric builds, so does our resistance. Thoughts of spring, of light, of renewal, begin to fill our spirits. Please join us for an evening of words and music to welcome a new season of diminishing shadows.

With performances from B.A Markus, Deanna Radford, Jason ‘Blackbird’ Selman, Sandra Sjollema, Su Sokol, Blossom Thom and Kay Thellot.

Reading Between the Wines with Su J. Sokol

  • Date:  Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Location: Jewish Public Library, 5151 ch. de la Côte Ste-Catherine, Montréal
  • Host: The Jewish Public Library
  • Entry fee: $15 general admission

In the wake of recent political and electoral events in the U.S., Su J. Sokol’s near future novel about a family fleeing their home in Brooklyn to seek asylum in Canada has been labelled prophetic by some. Please join Sivan Slapak as she asks Su such questions as how she first came up with this idea, what a utopian Montréal of the future looks like, why she chose the bicycle as her characters’ escape vehicle, and what the story has to say about love, activism, friendship, and loyalty.

Yellow Door Readings

  • Date:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 19:00
  • Location: The Yellow Door at 3625 Rue Aylmer, Montréal
  • Host: Ilona Martonfi
  • Entry fee: $15 general admission

An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music co-hosted by Ilona Martonfi and Mike Di Sclafani with readings by Barry Webster, Carolyne Van Der MeerJeffrey MackieSu J. SokolIlona MartonfiEhab Lotayef, Liana CusmanoMike Di Sclafani, and music by John Kerkhoven.


Imagining a Path to a More Just Future

  • Date:  Tuesday, November 22, 2016,  7:30 PM
  • Location: Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 30 W North Ave, Baltimore
  • Host: Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse
  • Entry fee: none

Please join us for an evening of readings and discussion with Jason Harris and Su Sokol on the power of speculative fiction to aid social justice movements in imagining, organizing and building a better world. Jason Harris, a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction fellow, is the editor of REDLINES: Baltimore 2028, as well as the author of the soon-to-be-released novel Fly Girl. Su J. Sokol, a former housing attorney from Brooklyn, is a social rights advocate and activist living in Montréal. Her debut novel, Cycling to Asylum, was nominated for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

CAN-CON 2016

  • Dates:  September 9th – 11th
  • Location: Novotel, 33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Host: The Society for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature
  • Registration fees: see website

CAN•CON, or more completely CAN•CON: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, is a periodic science fiction and fantasy convention in Ottawa put on by The Society for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature.

Friday, September 9, 7:00 pm: Ursula K. Le Guin: Contributions and Legacy Caroline Frechette, Su Sokol, Cathy Hird, Chris Kelworth, Alison Sinclair

Saturday, September 10, 16:00: Want to Dominate the World, but Don’t Have a Writers’ Group? Maaja Wentz, Mike Rimar, James K. Moran, Su Sokol, Ryan McFadden (m)

Saturday, September 10, 18:00: Readings: Cycling to Asylum by Su Sokol, Thanatos by Karen Dales, RecipeArium by Costi Gurgu

Sunday, September 11, at 11:00am: Book-Clubbing Foreign Work of SF Translated into English Peter Halasz, Jonathan Crowe, Su Sokol, Anatoly Belilovski, Costi Gurgu (m)


  • Dates:  August 23rd at 18:45, August 25th at 18:45, and August 28th at 17:00
  • Location: Café Shäika, 5526 rue Sherbrooke O., Montréal
  • Host: La Semaines des arts NDG Arts Week
  • Entry fee: free

Belles Lettres I, Tuesday, August 23rd: Enjoy an evening of prose and poetry with award-winning authors Ian McGillis, Melissa Bull, Pascale Rafie, Larissa Andrusyshyn, Ariela Freedman, and Monique Polak, who will give readings and sign copies of their books. Curated and hosted by Su Sokol.

Belles Lettres II, Tuesday, August 23rd: Enjoy an evening of prose and poetry with award-winning authors Louise Auger, Cora Siré, Dima Karout, Anita Rau Badami, Sivan Slapak, Su J. Sokol, and Martin Michaud. Curated and hosted by Su Sokol.

Belles Lettres III, Tuesday, August 23rd: Enjoy an evening of prose and poetry with award-winning authors Blossom Thom, Joel Yanofsky, Caroline Vu, Derek Webster, Neil Smith, and Jo Walton who will give readings and sign copies of their books. Curated and hosted by Su Sokol.


  • Date:  Sunday, May 29, 2016,  14:30
  • Location: Perfect Books, 258 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Host: Perfect Books
  • Entry fee: none


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New York:

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