LPG Reading Series: Try Not to Be Strange

October 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Audreys Books
10702 Jasper Ave
Edmonton, AB T5J 3J5

Michael Hingston will be reading from Try Not to Be Strange (September 13, 2022) for the LPG Indie Reading Series! Michael will be joined by fellow local and visiting authors H. Felix Chau Bradley, Shawna Lemay, Ernie Louttit, Indra Ramayan, Barbara Joan Scott, Matthew James Weigel. The event will take place at Audreys Books in Edmonton on Wednesday, October 26 at 6PM MDT.

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On his fifteenth birthday, in the summer of 1880, future science-fiction writer M.P. Shiel sailed with his father and the local bishop from their home in the Caribbean out to the nearby island of Redonda—where, with pomp and circumstance, he was declared the island’s king. A few years later, when Shiel set sail for a new life in London, his father gave him some advice: Try not to be strange. It was almost as if the elder Shiel knew what was coming.

Try Not to Be Strange: The Curious History of the Kingdom of Redonda tells, for the first time, the complete history of Redonda’s transformation from an uninhabited, guano-encrusted island into a fantastical and international kingdom of writers. With a cast of characters including forgotten sci-fi novelists, alcoholic poets, vegetarian publishers, Nobel Prize frontrunners, and the bartenders who kept them all lubricated while angling for the throne themselves, Michael Hingston details the friendships, feuds, and fantasies that fueled the creation of one of the oddest and most enduring micronations ever dreamt into being. Part literary history, part travelogue, part quest narrative, this cautionary tale about what happens when bibliomania escapes the shelves and stacks is as charming as it is peculiar—and blurs the line between reality and fantasy so thoroughly that it may never be entirely restored.


Michael Hingston is the author of Let’s Go Exploring and The Dilettantes. His journalism has also appeared in National Geographic, Wired, and the Washington Post. Hingston lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his partner and two kids.