Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Emergency Broadcast System" from APOCALYPSE ONE HUNDRED!

Have you got one minute? 

Then please have a listen to this "augmented" reading of
"Emergency Broadcast System" 

Thursday, May 11, 2017


is available at book stores
Grab a copy at your favourite independent book store,
or order a copy at Chapters or Amazon today!

“Scarsbrook turns over the crusty soil of the mediated world to give us strangely familiar new memes, darkly fertile and inverted. There is warning here but also, at its tender and eloquent heart, love.”

– Robert Priest, Author of Previously Feared Darkness, Rosa Rose, and many other books

“Gathering the technological detritus of the present and placing it with great care across the page, Richard Scarsbrook invites us to look at the 21st century with unflinching attention, all the while bringing lucidity to its dark complexities. An undoing of dystopian dreams, an unwrapping of fears, and an unmaking of social media mayhem, Apocalypse One Hundred is a perfect and singular gift for our world.”

– Kevin Spenst, Author of Ignite and Jabbering with Bing Bong

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

OLA SuperConference

I’ll be at
The OLA SuperConference
Thursday, February 2
signing books at the Dundurn Booth (#428)!

Who among my (Super!) Librarian, Author, and Publisher friends will also be there? Let’s meet up!

Monday, November 7, 2016

ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY video interview at the Richmond Hill Public Library!

In this interview, I talk about:
- The inspiration behind ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY
- The roles of Chaos Theory and Synchronicity in the book
- The origins of my fictional town Faireville, which appears in just about all my books
- My love and respect for Public Libraries and Librarians!

Thanks to Brock Smith at The Richmond Hill Public Library
for asking the right questions, and for filming and editing this great clip!
on November 19 at 2 PM! See you there!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY at #3 on the National Post Bestseller List!

Here's a "clipping" of
The National Post
Bestseller List
last week, with
at #3!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

At BookFest Windsor, November 5, 2016!

Hey, friends from my Essex County/Windsor homeland!
I’ll be participating in two events at BookFest Windsor on Saturday, November 5!

(Find out more about BookFest HERE - http://bookfestwindsor.com/)
Here’s where I’ll be:
- 10 to 11:30 AM, Art Gallery Windsor, 2nd Floor

 I’ll be running one of my popular Creative Writing Workshops! Come and unleash your muse!
 Get your tickets HERE!

- 1 to 2 PM, Art Gallery Windsor, The Valiant Suite (which sounds so noble!)

 I’ll be participating in the Fiction Event Gentle Habits, Gravity, And Circuses – it’s sure to be interesting and entertaining!

And let’s catch up at the book signing right after this event! (And you can get a signed copy of my eighth book, ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY, while you’re there.)

Get your tickets HERE!

See you on November 5!


Monday, September 26, 2016

MEET THE CAST for the ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY Book Launch Extravaganza!

I have the great fortune of calling many talented people my friends,
and a few of them will be playing characters from the book at the
 (It’s on October 3 at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto   more info below!)


Allison Hossack has appeared in over forty television and film projects. Recent work includes playing Kate Bosworth’s dysfunctional mother in Sony TV’s The Art of More, and Thomas Mann’s mother in the independent film Our House. In real life she mothers her six year old twins Maggie and Theo. Kate and Thomas were definitely easier. You can see a recent demo reel and pics of Allison here: http://allisonhossack.astralreel.com/

Michael Longstaff has appeared in Toronto, Montreal, Banff, Edmonton, London's West End and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Favourite roles include Colonel Fitzwilliam in Pride and Prejudice, Jerry in Edward Albee’s Zoo Story and Bobby in David Mamet’s American Buffalo.  Recent TV appearances include Reign for the CW Network, Heroes Reborn and Covert Affairs on NBC, Copper for BBC America/Showcase and in Pegasus Vs. Chimera for the SyFy Network.  He played Rupert Gillis on CBC's Road to Avonlea, He is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (UK) and The Theatre School in London, Ontario.

Maarika Pinkney is a graduate of the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto, and a working actress and producer in the city. Her most notable project of late was Nowhere Fast, which premiered at the LA Comedy Fest Last year. She's excited to be working with Richard again, and looks forward to creating and unveiling the next masterpiece... 


Darcy McMann is a Toronto Writer, Actor, and Director. He has appeared in television commercials, music videos, and the feature films Backseat Animal, and Sudbury 96. He is currently attending George Brown College for film and video production. 

Simon Joseph has trained with Alan Lee, John Boylan, Sears and Switzer, Tom Todoroff and Brian Levy. Upcoming appearances include Collision Course on REELZ in the U.S. and Canada: The Story of Us on CBC. 


Kaan Akalin is a commercial film director based in Toronto. His work can be viewed at www.kaanakalin.com

Daniel Perry 's first collection of short stories, Hamburger, was published by Thistledown Press earlier this year. His second, Nobody Looks That Young Here, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2018.

Heather J. Wood is the author of the novels Fortune Cookie and Roll With It. She is the editor of international anthology, Gods, Memes and Monsters, for which she is a 2016 World Fantasy Award nominee.

Anukriti Singh is currently at work on her first story collection. Her short story “The Peacock Feather” was recently published in The Lunaris Review. She started training in Indian classical dancing at the age of five and began performing on stage shortly afterwards. After enjoying a decade long stint in fashion while travelling and living in several countries, she fell down a rabbit hole and landed in Toronto two years ago.


Albert Choi lives in Toronto and works as a software developer.  He writes short stories in his spare time.  His writing has appeared in On Spec Magazine and Postscripts to Darkness 4.

See all of these talented people,
playing characters from Rockets Versus Gravity,

We hope to see you there!

"The Authors That Made Me Want to Write" on 4th Shelf.


In celebration of the release of
the excellent Canadian book website
has published a piece I wrote called
"The Authors That Made Me Want to Write".

It contains shout-outs to many great Canadian authors, including Dennis Lee, Rich Carrier, Farley Mowat,
Gordon Korman, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Lawrence, Robertson Davies,
Mordecai Richler, Alice Munroe, W.P. Kinsella, and Leonard Cohen.
Read about how all of these authors influenced me and my writing HERE.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall 2016 Events for ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY in Orangeville, Toronto, Sarnia, Windsor, and Richmond Hill!

I hope to see you soon at one of these events!


The Orangeville Public Library, 1 Mill Street, September 29, 7 PM!


The Melody Room, The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, October 3, 7 PM!

The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street, Northgate Plaza, November 3, 7 PM!

BookFest Windsor, November 4-6, 10 AM (Creative Writing Workshop) and 1 PM (Fiction Panel)!

The Events Room at The Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson Street, November 19, 2 PM.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An Interview About ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY (and Writing in General).

Here is a very enjoyable interview I gave about
Rockets Versus Gravity  
 (and writing in general)
Chantelle Lee, the interviewer, really did her homework!
It was such a treat to work with someone so familiar with my books.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Another Excellent Advance Review for ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY!

also loves
Rockets Versus Gravity!
“Scarsbrook expertly weaves these seemingly unrelated characters into one larger story – a technique reminiscent of Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad. But it is as if Scarsbrook challenges the reader to connect the dots – the reader must piece together the puzzle that will illustrate how all the stories are linked.
Rockets Versus Gravity is Scarsbrook’s eighth book … his best yet. Just like his other books, he infuses witty humour within each chapter. But what makes this evocative novel so unique is how it demonstrates that our lives are more connected than we ever imagined.”
- Chantelle Lee, Novella Magazine
Read the entire review HERE!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Five-Star Advance Review for ROCKETS VERSUS GRAVITY!

Yesterday I received the first advance review for my forthcoming novel
and it's a good one!
(Well, five hearts, which is even nicer.)

Get a copy of the book at

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Here is the cover art for my next novel, 
Rockets Versus Gravity!

The book will be published in Fall 2016, but it's already available to pre-order 
at Amazon and Indigo


Friday, September 4, 2015

Congratulations to Anglea Wood!

Congratulations to Angela Wood 
for making the long list for the 


Angela developed this story in my classes 
Writing Short Stories 1 and  2, 
at George Brown College!