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About | Valkyrie Books


sambThe creator and curator of this page is Samantha Mary Beiko. She is a local YA fantasy author in Winnipeg, MB, and has worked in the Canadian speculative fiction publishing industry for three years now. She desires nothing more than to enhance, engage, and grow the thriving community of speculative fiction writers and readers who she has worked with.

She has an idea for a bookstore. But it would certainly be more than that: visions of workshops, author events, reading series, writing days, writer groups, book clubs, film nights—a place for discourse, creation, and nurturing readers new and old towards books to change and shape them. And a place for their own stories to be told, or encouraged onto paper.

But there is more to just admitting a dream than making it reality. There are challenges, and questions that must be addressed with honesty. Is it feasible? Aren’t books dying? How can you compete with Amazon and Chapters? Isn’t starting a retail business an all-consuming risk? What makes you qualified? Is it worth the time, effort, and money? Are you clinically insane?

This blog seeks to answer these questions and others, and to perhaps dream this place to life, one idea at a time.

In the meantime, I would like to do what I can to support the speculative community here, and engage you all in a dialogue about genre and its place in Winnipeg. You’ll find info on new Canadian spec-fic releases, publishers, bookshops, the industry at large, author appearances and spec-fic events currently happening in Winnipeg.


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