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Thursday January 7th, 2016

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Two local Lasalle writers, Christian Laforet and Ben Van Dongen, are set to debut their co-written book of short sci-fi stories, No Light Tomorrow this Saturday.

Exploring improbability, No Light Tomorrow, a collection of six short stories, is a display of dark and speculative fiction that aims to play with and subvert the readers’ expectations, according to the authors.

Laforet, a local writer who released his freshman collection, The Space Between Houses, in 2014, has been working toward publication for several years while raising his two young girls. In addition, he is a co-founder of “Adventure Worlds”, a site dedicated to creating an online writing community that showcases works of short fiction, across all genres. He also works closely with new and local writers.

Van Dongen brings passion for writing and a solid goal of increasing awareness and use of local writing community resources. With degrees in English and Journalism, Van Dongen took the idea of an online platform to share stories and motivate continued writing and has turned it into a solid foundation from which his contributions to No Light Tomorrow were born.

“In No Light Tomorrow we’re working with the concept of misplaced expectations. Each story has this theme, either as something the characters within experience, or in playing with the readers own false assurances as to how the story will play out. Even the title, ‘No Light Tomorrow’, references this. As the one thing we all count on is that the sun will raise everyday,” said Laforet.

Van Dongen connects the collection to their dedication to writing and the craft “we’ve both woven writing into our everyday, made a commitment to seeing No Light Tomorrow come to press; the book is our opportunity to share that success with the community and refuel for our next projects”.

The launch takes place this Saturday, January 9th at Phog Lounge, 157 University Ave West, from 6pm to 8pm.

An evening of author readings, book discussion, music, and drinks is planned, along with a limited-edition copy of the book with an alternate cover. This version of the book will only be made available at the book launch.

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