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2021 Appearance Schedule

This post will be updated with events as they’re scheduled.

April 19, 7pm Mountain. Triple Header — C.J. Lavigne, Jaclyn Dawn, and John O’Neill. A reading and Q&A hosted by Audreys Books. Register here for this Zoom event.
May 29, 11:30am-12:45pm Mountain. Panel Discussion: Crafting POV in Fiction. Writers Guild of Alberta 2021 Online Conference.
June 4, 3:30-4:30pm Pacific. Hometown Heroes: Working and Writing Globally. A panel at the 2021 Nebula Awards Conference.

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2020 Awards Eligibility

Hi! This post is just to note that my literary urban fantasy novel In Veritas, published in May 2020 by NeWest Press, is currently eligible for the 2021 awards season. Thanks so much for your consideration.

In Veritas follows Verity Richards, a woman whose synaesthesia allows her to perceive multiple realities. As she learns to navigate the city of Ottawa and its many secrets, she tries to save a dying community and a hidden world.

More information about the novel is available here, or on the NeWest Press website.

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2020 Virtual Tour

In Veritas is launching! But, for perhaps obvious reasons, the in-person book events have been postponed. This post will be updated with online readings and other appearances as they are scheduled and/or published.

April 22: No One’s Alone Reading Series. A reading from In Veritas along with work from many talented authors. Stream or download the MP3 for free!
April 26: #CanadaPerforms. A recording of a livestreamed performance for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Performs series.
April 28: A reading for the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club.
May 1: Check C.J.’s Twitter feed for a #bookpartychat (1pm Mountain time) and a live launch reading (7pm Mountain/9pm Eastern; recorded here).
May 1: My Favorite Bit. A guest post on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, explaining the meaning of In Veritas‘s title.
May 5: An AMA for Reddit’s r/fantasy Virtual Con.
May 12: A reading for All Lit Up’s online indie series (6pm Mountain/8pm Eastern).
May 21: A feature in 49th Shelf’s Launchpad series. Includes a very quick (1 minute) reading for those who like their videos brief!
June 5-7: Panel appearances at the Renaissance Virtual Conference (registration is free). June 6, 7pm Eastern: Launching A Book During a Global Crisis. June 7, 10:30am Eastern: Literary and Genre Fiction.
July 10: Appearing for the Word on the Street Toronto festival, discussing fantastic fiction at 3pm Eastern.

Hope to see you there! In Veritas is now available in both paperback and ebook form.

Canada: All Lit Up | Amazon | Chapters Indigo | Kobo
U.S.: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop | KoboIndiebound
U.K.: Amazon | Waterstones

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Cover Design Finalized

In Veritas has a cover, and it’s amazing! The unique, dreamy-yet-ominous artwork is by Kate Hargreaves of CorusKate Design.

The book will be released by NeWest Press on May 1, 2020. Launch dates coming soon!

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IN VERITAS forthcoming in spring 2020!

C. J. Lavigne’s debut novel, In Veritas, has been acquired by NeWest Press and will be released in the spring of 2020. As described by NeWest, “A young synesthete leaps between the everyday streets of Ottawa and a parallel realm of magic.”

As described by C.J., “In Veritas is about people who are allergic to technology. It probes the fundamental impossibilities of human communication. It’s an experimental, nonlinear novel that ultimately examines the act of storytelling and the limitations of truth. Also, it has a dog.”

In Veritas will be available in paperback and ebook formats, in bookstores and online. For the latest updates, follow @seajaylav and @NeWestPress on Twitter, or check the NeWest site at

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