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Michelle Kaatz is the Director of Original Content at Rakuten Kobo, where she oversees the English language publishing program. In her career, she has published over 200 eBook and audiobook titles across a breadth of genres, including non-fiction, romance, and thriller. Before Rakuten Kobo, she was the publisher at Novel Audio and an original co-founder of Author’s Republic, the audio industry’s first aggregated wide distributor for indie authors and small publishers. Michelle also consults for authors and organizations in the audiobook space through her company MK Audiobooks Inc.

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Explore Indigo’s bookstore in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space inside Harbourfront Centre all weekend. From cozy mysteries to chilling thrillers, true crime to police procedurals, the bookstore will be stocked with all the must reads in crime and mystery.

Hours:

Friday, June 3 between 4–9:30pm

Saturday, June 4 between 10am – 9pm

Sunday, June 5 between 10am – 9pm

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Explore Indigo’s bookstore in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space inside Harbourfront Centre all weekend. From cozy mysteries to chilling thrillers, true crime to police procedurals, the bookstore will be stocked with all the must reads in crime and mystery.

Hours:

Friday, June 3 between 4–9:30pm

Saturday, June 4 between 10am – 9pm

Sunday, June 5 between 10am – 9pm

Indigo Logo

Indigo logo

Explore Indigo’s bookstore in the Marilyn Brewer Community Space inside Harbourfront Centre all weekend. From cozy mysteries to chilling thrillers, true crime to police procedurals, the bookstore will be stocked with all the must reads in crime and mystery.

Hours:

Friday, June 3 between 4–9:30pm

Saturday, June 4 between 10am – 9pm

Sunday, June 5 between 10am – 9pm

Indigo Logo

Indigo logo

Outdoor Tent, June 5 at 11am ET

Be sure to visit the Kobo Cabana Reading Lounge at MOTIVE Festival! The welcoming space will have a charging station, comfy couches and some delicious treats. It’s the perfect place to relax, get book recommendations and chat with other crime and mystery fans.

This space is part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE. It is located on the west lawn at Harbourfront Centre and is open to the general public.

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Outdoor Tent, June 4 at 11am ET

Be sure to visit the Kobo Cabana Reading Lounge at MOTIVE Festival! The welcoming space will have a charging station, comfy couches and some delicious treats. It’s the perfect place to relax, get book recommendations and chat with other crime and mystery fans.

This space is part of the free, outdoor events at MOTIVE. It is located on the west lawn at Harbourfront Centre and is open to the general public.

Kobo Plus Read logo with All-you-can-read ebooks on any device tagline

MOTIVE general banner

Miriam Henry is an Assistant Crown Attorney who has dedicated her career to supporting better outcomes for justice-involved youth. She is one of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s leading experts on Youth Criminal Justice and has over two decades of prosecutorial experience, much of it as the Crown Team Lead at 311 Jarvis, Toronto’s dedicated Youth Court. She specializes in the intersection of Child Welfare and Youth Criminal Justice and spearheaded process transformation at Community Youth Court and Aboriginal Youth Court. She is currently the Crown Lead at the Toronto Northwest Justice Centre where she was instrumental in visioning and implementing a new and innovative community youth court premised on the co-location and integrated service delivery of justice, education, health and social services in partnership with community. Her significant contributions to youth justice have been widely acknowledged and she is the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Criminal Award of Excellence for innovation in youth criminal justice; the Zenith Award for Women Advancing in Law; and the OCAA Rupert Ross Award for excellence in and commitment to social justice.

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Anthony Morgan is an entrepreneur, game designer, PhD researcher. He’s the former host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet and one of the current hosts of CBC’s The Nature of Things. He’s spent close to 20 years working across multiple disciplines in science communication including live engagements at the Ontario Science Center, web series production for Asap SCIENCE and SciShow. He serves on the steering committee for Science Up First – a national organization for countering misinformation. His PhD research explores strategies and tools to reduce polarization and improve conversations around controversial science. He was recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 millennial change-makers by the CBC.

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Valerie Blackmore is the President and CEO of Wyndham Forensic Group, a private forensic biology and DNA testing laboratory in Guelph, Ontario. Valerie’s career as a forensic biologist began in 1994 at the Government of Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences following improvements to the justice system after the Paul Bernardo murders. In 2009, Valerie founded Wyndham Forensic Group and assists both police and defence counsel, cold case investigations and wrongful convictions. Her development work takes her to other places in the world. Valerie is currently working with the United Nations to develop forensic sciences in the occupied West Bank.

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C.S. O’Cinneide is the Edgar-nominated author of the Candace Starr crime series as well as Petra’s Ghost, a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards. On her blog, She Kills Lit, she features women writers of thriller and noir. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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