Taiwan Tales Volume Two Released!

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2017 was, in some ways, a transitional year for the Taipei Writers’ Group.

We had a great time at the 2017 Taipei International Book Expo (TIBE), sold plenty of books, made contacts and plenty of new friends, and did well enough so we’ll be back again in 2018 (February 6-11, more details to follow).

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Join Us For Taipei’s Canada Day Celebration!

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Taipei Writers’ Group will have a booth at this year’s Taipei Canada Day Celebration! FIND US IN THE FOOD SECTION! While you’re feasting on some delicious Canada grub, feast your brains on our delicious books!

We will have our three anthology books on sale: Taiwan Tales, Night Market, and Peak Heat. Taipei Writers’ Group authors will also have their individual books available for purchase. Like J. J. Green’s science fiction books, including: two collections of short stories, There Comes a Time and Dawn Falconthe novella Death Switch; and the first installment of her Carrie Hatchett series, Mission: Improbable. Patrick Wayland will also have his three books at the booth, The Jade Lady, Deadman Bay, and his latest The Nialhaus Proxy.

We’ll also be sharing information about our upcoming releases, including Brian Q. Webb‘s upcoming hard sci-fi novel Shift and the fourth TWG anthology (theme: twisted fairy tales).

Join us in the Arts and Foods section (booth 9) of Taipei’s Hakka Cultural Park for some books, bookmarks, and a chance to meet some awesome Taipei-based indie authors and get your books signed! There will also be fun activities (face painting, bouncy castle) for kids in the kids zone and a chance to win tickets to Canada at the mechanical bull ride!

Hope to see you there!

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Peak Heat Launch

By Whitney Zahar

On January 16, 2016, I realized a lifelong dream. I held a book in my hands and stroked the velvety cover, filled with joy that between those pages, there was a story in there that I had written. Best of all, I had my 5-year-old son Preston by my side.

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Okay, he might be too young to fully appreciate the awesomeness of being published in a format other than on the web, but he was there to hear “Mommy’s story,” as well as those fantastic other tales by the Taipei Writers Group.

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The book launch was held in the new Red Room venue at Taipei Air Force Base. What a great place, where creativity and community are encouraged in equal measure! There was plenty of space to roam around. My son loved performing his version of kung fu dancing on the carpet before nestling into a pile of pillows. He was given the job of guarding Mommy’s Peak Heat poster.

Meanwhile, I loved exploring the display of books written by my fellow writers, as well as sampling some of the yummy treats prepared by Karen Farley of KP Kitchens and our own Bradley Verdell.

With our bellies and hearts full of good food, drink, and conversation, we were swept into the blazing world of Peak Heat a world heartbreakingly similar to our own. We were in good hands with our Master of Ceremonies C.K. Hugo Chung to guide us through a group of stories from all over the world. Each story had its own view of what life would be like after a massive global warming event. We met collectors, surfers, queens, hunters, lovers, zealots, children, and survivors, from all walks of life. For me, I absolutely had no idea until the last moment which part of my story I was going to read, let alone how I was going to introduce it. But what struck me was that I had read several of these stories many times, taking a red ink pen to them without trying to slice away the writers’ voices. It wasn’t until I actually heard them out loud, read by Katannya Jantzen, Brian Quentin WebbJ.J. Green, Bradley Verdell, L.L. Phelps, Pat Woods and C.K. Hugo Chung (sadly, Erisa Apantaku couldn’t make it), that I finally heard the voices of the characters. I finally heard the flow of these stories. I realized the importance of these book launches and these book talks, where writers and audience can step beyond the printed page together, and into a world of voices and conversation.

To top it all off, I had no idea Ted Pigott was there sketching us as we read. How glorious!

Even though I couldn’t stay past the first act, I was so happy I was able to come to the launch. I was able to reconnect and touch my friends, make some new friends, and I was happy my son was there to experience this event.

Now, onward to the next group of tales! Where will they take us next?

NEW RELEASE COMING SOON! Peak Heat: TWG Anthology III

December days that feel like Spring. Droughts that last all year. Ocean temperatures creating massive hurricanes and frequent El Niños. The Earth is changing. Scientists estimate Earth will reach a “Peak Heat” within the next several decades, forcing massive changes to the way humans live. What those changes will look like, we can only speculate…

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At Taipei Writers Group, we’re on the verge of publishing our latest anthology: Peak Heat. In it, we’ve each crafted tales of humans dealing with the repercussions of a changing Earth pre-, during, or post-Peak Heat. The stories range from optimistic, pessimistic, and pragmatic in each author’s perception of what life will be like.

See below for a short description of stories. The anthology will be available on Amazon in January. Or, if you’re in Taiwan, come to our book launch on January 17th at the Red Room.

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“Let The Haters Begin” – Faced with the threat of predatory drones, the star-crossed lovers Madelyn and Luke must fight their way to reunite in a drowning New York City.

“The Last Peach Queen” – Lilah has always believed she would one day become her community’s Peach Queen, but now that she’s fled south to avoid a dark fate in the government-controlled north, will her dream ever be realized?

“Algae” – Anna – “Algae” to her parents – hates that she shares her nickname with the sometimes toxic, green stuff that’s overpopulating Lake Michigan, one of many changes disrupting her previous way of life.

“The Way Back” – On the island of Sumatra, a tribe of surfers attempts to resettle on the dangerous coast.

“Mama Snake” – Ruth’s journey to her mother’s deathbed forces her to confront her past and her future, where nothing is as simple as it seems…except through the eyes of a serpent.

“Macroseism” – That which controls the water controls the people, and a seismic change is coming.

“Was Once Paradise” – The threat of starvation looms large in an arctic devoid of ice, forcing Tanika and her grandfather to return to their traditional Gwich’in ways to survive, creating tension between them and the neighboring refugee group.

“On the Grid” – With energy resources running dry, Private Martin Briggs is conscripted to defend a nuclear power plant against an insurgent threat.

“To the North” – A landslide has killed Ching-yi’s mother, and she must grow up fast to survive her journey north to legendary Taibei.