July 12, 2020

Hi, everyone.  I hope you're all staying safe and healthy.  If you've been following the updates on our Facebook page then you know we've switched to a 100% online approach.  Facebook is updated more frequently these days than this webpage is, so to stay on top of all things Monsterville, follow us there. :)

Unfortunately, our usual haunts like The Bookshelf and Indie Author Day at RHPL are cancelled this year. However, that doesn't mean there won't be any Monsterville events.  Check out Shopping With A Purpose, a special one-week online event highlighting Canadian small businesses and indie artists.  The event is being run by a great charity that promotes education and support for at-risk youth, so shopping here is win-win-win.

The event is one week only, ending this Sunday, so hop on over and see what goodies fit your style.  They've got everything from specialty tea to environmentally friendly nail polish to handmade jewelery to a personal tech tutoring service.  And, you know, Monsterville books.

May 11, 2019

It's Bookshelf time again!

Come see us on May 25 at The Bookshelf.

When: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Where: The Newmarket Community Centre (200 Doug Duncan Drive)

 

December 3, 2018

We have our last two shows of the year all lined up.  If you're in Newmarket or Toronto, we hope you'll come to see us.

This Saturday, December 8 is the Newmarket Christmas Craft Show.

When: 10am - 4pm

Where: The Newmarket Community Centre (200 Doug Duncan Drive)

Click here for more info.

And of course, we'll be at Frost Bite.  Get your spooky Christmas shopping done and see some awesome live performances while you're at it.  More info here and here.

When: Saturday, December 15, from 11am - 8pm.

Where: 6 Noble Street (near Queen and Dufferin in Toronto)

​October 31, 2018

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!

October 16, 2018

Monsterville has two more book signings coming up: October 21st and October 27th.

Both are at Chapters in Markham from 11am to 5pm.

Woodside Centre, 3175 Highway 7

See you there!

October 2, 2018

Monsterville has two new events to look forward to:

The Bazaar of the Bizarre

When: October 7, from 11am to 8pm
Where: 6 Noble Street (at Queen and Dufferin), Toronto

What: Lots of great spooky crafts - and the newest Monsterville book!

Indie Author Day

When: October 13, from 12:55 to 1:55

Where: Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson Street

What: Indie books by local authors - and we'll have the newest Monsterville book assuming we don't run out at the Bazaar.

August 30, 2018

It's official!  The fifth book in the Monsterville series is up and running.  Check out Scaredy-Cal.

August 25, 2018

Come see us at Indigo in Richmond Hill (8705 Yonge Street) for our last book signing of the summer!  We're there all day.

August 9, 2018

Two BIG news stories today...

We're going to be on the Reading With Your Kids podcast THIS SUNDAY!  Tamara and host Jedlie are going to talk about Monstervile...including the fifth book.

What's this about a fifth book?  That's the other big news!  There is a fifth Monsterville book coming out!  It's called Scaredy-Cal and it goes up for pre-order on Kindle next week.  Waiting for a paperback?  You won't have to wait long.  It'll be available on all our usual platforms before the end of August.

July 21, 2018

What a great day at Indigo!  We met so many great young readers.  Special thanks to everyone who bought books.

 

July 18, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Dufferin Clark Library this evening.

We'll be at Indigo in Richmond Hill on July 21st.  That's this Saturday!  8705 Yonge Street.

July 13, 2018

It's Lucky Friday the 13th!  Check out our Facebook page for details about a free story.

July 10, 2018

We're going to be on the Reading With Your Kids podcast!

July 7, 2018

If you are in Newmarket, Ontario today, come see us at The Bookshelf.  Author Tamara Hecht will be signing books.

Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall

200 Doug Duncan Drive

Newmarket

9am - 2pm

 

June 18, 2018

Do you like stickers?  What if you could get your own Monsterville stickers?  Starting now, Monsterville has a Zazzle shop.  https://www.zazzle.com/monsterville_mall?rf=238037120796451858 

(Full disclosure: that's an Associate link.  I make money if you buy through that link.  It doesn't cost you anything to click it, nor will you be charged any extra if you make a purchase.)

June 16, 2018

Will you be in Thornhill on July 18?  Come see us at the Dufferin Clark Library, 1441 Clark Avenue West.  We'll be there from 4-7pm.

June 13, 2018

There are two big announcements for today.

First of all, we'll be at The Bookshelf next month.  It's at The Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive) on July 7, from 9AM to 2PM.  Just like last year, there will be author readings, a kids section, and a chance to discover new local authors.

Also, a month from now is another Friday the 13th.  Something very special is happening on that day.  Mwahahahahaaaa.
 

June 5, 2018

We're back for the 2nd Annual Spooky Flea Market.  Same time and place as last year.  Be there and be scared.
 

Rue Morgue Manor (1411 Dufferin Street, Toronto)

This Saturday, June 9
10am - 5pm

See you there!
 

December 1, 2017

Monsterville books are coming to two more libraries!  If you're in the Vaughan Public Library system, you can get "Moss and Magic" and "Trick or Treat." (They're joining the first two books, which are already available.)  If you're in the Richmond Hill Public Library system, you're getting all four!  Look for these books on the junior fiction shelves in just a few weeks from now. :)

November 23, 2017

Got another show coming up!  We're doing Frost Bite, the gothic craft show.  It's like the Bazaar of the Bizarre, except in December.

6 Noble Street, Toronto

11am-8pm

See you there!

October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, everyone!

October 21, 2017

We can now confirm one last book signing for the month.  It's on October 29 at Indigo in Richmond Hill.

8705 Yonge Street

11am-4pm

See you there.

October 3, 2017

It's a busy month for Monsterville.  There's an event every weekend.


October 8 - The Bazaar of the Bizarre

6 Noble Street, Toronto

11am-8pm


October 14 - Indie Author Day at Richmond Hill's Central Library
1 Atkinson Street, Richmond Hill
The event runs all day, but Monsterville's timeslot is 2-3pm.

October 21 - a signing at Indigo
8705 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill
11am-4pm

October 28th - Waldorf Farmers' Market
9100 Bathurst Street, Thornhill
8am-1:30pm

 

​October 1, 2017

There's a new Monsterville book coming out this month!  This one will be a collection of short stories, all about Halloween in Monsterville.  Plus, we're going to give away a story for free - details coming soon.

September 4, 2017

We've got some more events and appearances coming up.  On Sunday, September 10, Monsterville will be at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto.  Come see us in the upstairs portion of Indigo, right by the kids' section.  You can pick up some books and get them signed by the author.

We're also going to the Waldorf Village Organic Market on Saturday, September 16.  The market is at 9100 Bathurst Street in Thornhill.  It's a great farmers' market with oodles of fresh produce, homemade goodies, and... books!  We'll be there, bright at early, at *gasp* EARLY!  The market is open from 8am to 1:30pm.  See you there.

August 30, 2017

Good news for readers in Thornhill and northern Toronto: Monsterville books are now available at Cyber City Comix.  That's 1025A Steeles Avenue West.  It's that cool comic book shop at the top of the stairs.

August 6, 2017

There's something special happening this September in Toronto.  Two somethings, actually.   Details to come.

August 5, 2017

Next weekend, Monsterville will be taking part in the First Annual Spooky Flea Market, hosted by Rue Morgue.  If you're in Toronto on August 12, come check out this awesome source for new and pre-owned horror goodies.  This horror event is kid friendly, and we'll be there with a bunch of brand new books.
Place: Rue Morgue Manor (1411 Dufferin Street)

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 10:30am- 6pm

July 21, 2017

Tomorrow is our launch party!  We hope to see you there!

Place: Chapters in Newmarket (17440 Yonge Street, near Davis Drive and juuuust south of Upper Canada Mall).

Time: 11-4, tomorrow.

Come by to get some Monsterville books, including "Moss and Magic," and get them signed by the author.  We're also going to read together, play some games, and do some fun stuff.

In the meantime, did you see the article about Monsterville in The Thornhill Liberal?

Or the announcement by the Vaughan Writers' Club?

July 17, 2017

"Moss and Magic" is here!  Have a look.

July 7, 2017

We're having a launch party!  Join us at Chapters-Indigo in Newmarket, Ontario to be the first audience of "Moss and Magic."

Date: July 22, 2017

Time: 11am-4pm

Where: Chapters-Indigo in Newmarket (17440 Yonge Street, near Davis Drive)

Who: Monsterville author Tamara Hecht (she will be signing books)

What: All three Monsterville books, including the newest, "Moss and Magic"

Why: Because it's going to be awesome!

June 28, 2017

The third book will be called "Moss and Magic."  You're following us on Facebook, right?  Check there for all the updates like cover reveals, info on the book launch, and where the book will be available.

June 26, 2017

So, you know that third Monsterville book?  It's coming out this July.

June 3, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at Indigo!  We had a great time meeting you.  Now I'm feeling totally inspired as I work on the third Monsterville book.  Wait, third Monsterville book?  I've said too much...

May 29, 2017

Wow!  Monsterville's appearance at Indigo was a smashing success!  So successful, the store invited us back for a very special event next weekend.  Brush out your fur and rev up those broomsticks - Indigo's having a Monsterville day!

Where: Same place!  The Indigo store in Richmond Hill, Ontario (8705 Yonge Street, near Highway 7).

When: Saturday, June 3.  That's next Saturday!  11 AM to 4 PM.

What: Books, games, activities, treats, fun stuff, silly stuff, spooky stuff, and more.  We hope to see you there!

May 23, 2017

Got those Indigo details now!

Who: Monsterville author Tamara Hecht

Where: The Indigo in Richmond Hill, at 8705 Yonge Street (that's Yonge and Highway 7).  We'll be at the table in the front.

When: May 27 (this Saturday!) starting at 11 AM and going into the afternoon.

What: A book signing, reading from both Monsterville books (and maybe a hint about the third book, which is coming this summer), games, treats, and more fun stuff.

Can't make it to the event?  We'll miss you!  But Monsterville books will be available at the Richmond Hill Indigo until July 6th.  They're also in the catalogue for Chapters, Indigo, and Coles.

May 15, 2017

Got some big news confirmed.  Let's see... what is the sixth colour of the rainbow?  Nah, that's too obvious.  Name a bookstore that rhymes with "Findigo."  No, that's silly.  Okay, okay, I'll tell you.  There will be a live Monsterville reading at Indigo!  It's happening at the Yonge and Highway 7 location, in Richmond Hill, on May 27.  More details to come. 

May 13, 2017

It's the Bookshelf!  Come by and see us - we're at the table by the reader's microphone.

May 1, 2017

Monsterville will be at The Bookshelf in Newmarket on May 13.  Author Tamara Hecht will be there to chat, sign books, and meet new readers.  We hope to see you there. :)

Where: The Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall (200 Doug Duncan Drive).

When: May 13, from 9AM to 2PM.

Who: Over 50 independent Canadian authors.

What: Books!  Lots of books!

And THANKS to the WCYR for putting this great event together.

April 28, 2017

Here's that TV interview.

As for those events that are coming up in May:

May 13 is the Bookshelf.  Yes, Monsterville will have a table there!

And May 16 is the launch party for the Vaughan Writers' Club website.  If you live in or near Vaughan and you're interested in meeting some local authors (and joining our group!), come to the Bathurst Clark Resource Library 7pm. 

April 19, 2017

Here it is!  Mermaid at the Mall on 600 Second Saga.

​April 13, 2017

What?  Oh, nothing.  Just going to be on live TV.

On Thursday, April 20, Monsterville author Tamara Hecht will be on "Daytime York Region," representing the Vaughan Writers' Club.  Host Jacqeuline Betterton Woodruff will interview Tamara Hecht and Moe Vyas about the York Region writing scene, being independent authors, and all the cool stuff that the Vaughan Writers' Club is doing.

You can see us on Rogers TV at 10AM.

April 11, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Monsterville author Tamara Hecht will be featured in a Writers' Series this month.  A number of local YA and children's authors will speak about the creative process and the writing biz.  Not to mention, the guest of honour will be Richard Scrimger.

Who: Tamara Hecht, Elise Abram, Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, Howard Isenberg, Sigal Haber, and yes Richard Scrimger!

What: We talk about writing.  And then you can talk to us if you want.  It'll be fun.  We're cool people.

Where: The Bathurst Clark Resource Library (900 Clark Ave West, in Vaughan, Ontario).

When: Saturday, April 22, at 1:30 pm.

April 5, 2017

The newest Monsterville short story will air on 600 Second Saga on April 19.  It has a mermaid in it.  If you missed the last time we were on 600 Second Saga, you can find it here.  That was the special Halloween Bonus story, "Bloody Sherri."

March 21, 2017

Big, big, BIG news for Toronto readers.  Monsterville is now available at Bakka Phoenix Books!  Bakka Phoenix Books is a treasure trove of indie sci-fi and fantasy, so if you're in Toronto, check them out.  They're at 84 Harbord Street, right on the corner of Harbord and Spadina.

February 24, 2017

It's been another long break - We've been busy!  There are a lot of cool surprises to come this spring.  But, first, a special announcement for people who live in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.  The second book in the Monsterville series, "The Music Room," has been added to the Vaughan Public Library's collection.  Don't live in Vaughan?  Click on Get Books and find it on Kindle, Kobo, and paperback.

October 31, 2016

A spooky chill is in the air.  It must be Halloween!  We at Monsterville would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.  Also, we've got a special announcement for you.  Going live this evening, the 600 Second Saga podcast is releasing a special Halloween bonus episode - featuring Monsterville!  You can listen to an all-new Monsterville mini story here or by going to their website and looking for "Bloody Sherri." 

If you like hearing short stories in podcast format, then you can go to 600 Second Saga year-round for brand new mini stories every week.  The podcast specializes in sci-fi and fantasy.

October 27, 2016

Monsterville author Tamara Hecht was interviewed by Diannika Alyse Star of Books and Quills Magazine.  We talk about novels, telling jokes in different media, and why Tamara Hecht became an author in the first place.  Check it out!

October 24, 2016

Monsterville is coming to Westminster Public School.  Author Tamara Hecht will be there doing presentations for grades 1-5.  Together, we will explore some of the themes in "Welcome to Monsterville," like new experiences, identity, and cross-cultural friendships.

October 22, 2016

Jen C Flynn of The Writing on the Wall wrote a lovely review of "Welcome to Monsterville."  Glad you liked it, Jen.

October 19, 2016

Tonight is the Albert Campbell Public Library's Author Night!  It's the horror edition, so be there and be scared.

Who: Four horror authors: Sèphera Girón, Stephen B. Pearl, Douglas Smith - and Monsterville author Tamara Hecht.

What: Live (or undead) readings, audience Q&A, a book fair, and a chance to win a free book.

When: Tonight at 6:30.

Where: The Albert Campbell Public Library, at 496 Birchmount Road in Scarborough.

Why: For spooky fun!

October 15, 2016

Thank you, Westminster Public School, for adding "Welcome to Monsterville" and "The Music Room" to your library.  Et, merci, Louis Honore Frechette Public School, parce que notre livres est dans ton bibliotheque aussi!  (Mais, tout est en anglais).

October 14, 2016

Halloween is in the air and it's time for another Local Author's Night.  Please join Monsterville at the Albert Campbell Public Library on October 19 for Local Author's Night: the horror edition.  If you're a big monster looking to get a new book for your little monster, you can get your claws on "Welcome to Monsterville" and "The Music Room."  If you're a big monster shopping for yourself, come see the works of Sèphera Girón, Stephen B. Pearl, and Douglas Smith.

Oh, and we are doing a raffle, so you just might get some of your literary Halloween goodies for free!  Trick or treat!

October 5, 2016

The big weekend is nearly here!  Saturday is Indie Author Day, where libraries near and far will be celebrating the literary works of independent authors.  Monsterville author Tamara Hecht will be one of the indie authors featured at the North York Central Library in Toronto.  That's 5120 Yonge Street, near Mel Lastman Square.  If you're in Toronto, please drop by to say hello, shop at the book fair, see a cool presentation, and enter for a chance to win a free book.  And yes, "The Music Room" will be available.

Sunday is the Bazaar of the Bizarre.  It's going to be held at 6 Noble Street, in the Pia Bouman School for Ballet, near Queen and Dufferin.  This is the place to go to find loads of cool gothic gear, all lovingly handcrafted by local artists.  The Bazaar also includes a live bellydancing performance and lots of spooky surprises.  Admission is free, and anything you buy goes toward supporting the artist who made it.

Note: The Bazaar of the Bizarre is more of a grownup event.  If you're looking for something kid-friendly, you are better off going to Indie Author Day.

September 26, 2016

Got some big announcements!  As we all know, October is the best month of the year. ;)  This October, Monsterville is going to be haunting several events around Toronto.  On October 8, we're at the North York Central Library to take part in Indie Author Day.  Then, on October 9, we'll be at the Bazaar of the Bizaare down on Queen Street West.  On October 19, we're part of Local Author Night at the Albert Campbell Public Library.  Keep an eyeball on this blog for updates and more details as we get closer to these events.  Oh, and have an awesome October.

September 19, 2016
It's heee-eeere!  "The Music Room" is ready and available for purchase.  You can get your copy by following the link over here.  And, of course, it's available in a variety of formats: Kindle, Kobo, and good ol' fashioned paperback.

September 15, 2016
Monsterville author Tamara Hecht was interviewed by Green Tea, Red Pen.

September 12, 2016

It's been a long summer with no updates... because Monsterville has been getting ready for its next book!  "The Music Room" takes place shortly after "Welcome to Monsterville" and features an all new spooky adventure.  Don't wander too far.  "The Music Room" will be available as of Monday, September 19. 

July 18, 2016
We hope you will join us this Wednesday at the Albert Campbell branch of the Toronto Public Library.  Spend an evening chatting with local authors, buy some books, and enter to win a copy of "Welcome to Monsterville."

The other featured authors are some quite lovely people who write for teen and adult audiences, in the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and general fiction.  There is something for everybody, so please drop by.

July 11, 2016
Monsterville will be a part of an Author Night with the Toronto Public Library.  If you're in Toronto, please come by for author talks, Q&A, and a chance to win a book.

Where: Albert Campbell Public Library (496 Birchmount Road, Toronto).
When: Wednesday, July 20, at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Who: Five local authors, including Monsterville author Tamara Hecht.


May 15, 2016
Today is Vaughan Public Library's local author showcase.  If you're in the area, drop by to say hello.   The showcase goes from 1pm - 4pm, and it's at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library (900 Clark Ave West).

May 2, 2016
Big news!  If you're in or near Vaughan, Ontario, Canada on May 15, you can come to a local author showcase, featuring Monsterville!  Come to meet a number of Vaughan authors, including Monsterville's author, Tamara Hecht.  We'll be sharing our books, chatting with readers, and talking about the behind-the-scenes of our stories.  We hope to see you there.

Where: The Bathurst Clark Resource Library (900 Clark Ave West, in Vaughan, Ontario).
When:  1pm on Sunday, May 15
Why: Because it will be fun, that's why!

February 24, 2016

At long last, "Welcome To Monsterville" will be available on Kobo as of March 1.  Check back here or look in the Kobo bookstore to find it.  Actually, you can pre-order your copy now on the Kobo website.

December 1, 2015

Here's a Monsterville interview by Toronto Guardian.

November 5, 2015

Want to get to know a bit about Monsterville's behind-the-scenes?  Read this interview in The Dabbler.

October 31, 2015

Monsterville would like to wish you all a safe and happy Halloween.

October 30, 2015

Only one more day until Halloween!  And, just in time, look what was spotted at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada!

October 19, 2015

Monsterville now has a Facebook page.  Come say hello, hit the Like button, and keep an eye out for updates. 

 

September 7, 2015

Monsterville would like to wish all the little monsters of the human world a great start to the new school year!

 

And speaking of new starts, there's a new book available in the Vaughan Public Library system.  If you live in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, then you can borrow "Welcome to Monsterville" from your local library.  And if you don't live in Vaughan, you can always request that your local library get a copy.

 

August 24, 2015

Big news is coming soon for those of you who live in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.

 

August 10, 2015

There will indeed be a virtual book tour this fall.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

July 20, 2015

Plans are in motion to put together a virtual book tour.

 

July 6, 2015

The first book in the series, "Welcome To Monsterville" is now available as an e-book as well as a paperback.  See the Books page for more.