Canadian and International authors Giles Blunt, Paul Cleave, William Deverell, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Benjamin Percy, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Toni Sala and Francesc Serés present selections from their most recent works. Brian Francis acts as MC.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay. He spent 20 years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order and Night Heat before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, which he is currently adapting as a television series for CTV. He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers' Macallan Silver Dagger. Blunt presents The Hesitation Cut, a psychological suspense novel about jealousy and obsession.
Paul Cleave is the author of eight award-winning, internationally bestselling crime thrillers, including Joe Victim, which was a finalist for the Edgar, Barry, and Ngaio Marsh awards, and Five Minutes Alone. He presents Trust No One, an exciting psychological thriller about a famous crime writer struggling to differentiate between his own reality and the frightening plot lines he’s created for the page. Supported by New Zealand Book Council and Creative New Zealand
William Deverell has worked as a journalist and lawyer, and he is a founder and honourary director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He is the creator of CBC’s long-running television series Street Legal, which has aired internationally in more than 50 countries. He is also the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the $50,000 Seal Prize, the Dashiell Hammett Award for literary excellence and the Arthur Ellis prize in crime writing. He was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Simon Fraser University. Deverell presents the sixth novel in the acclaimed Arthur Beauchamp series, Sing a Worried Song.
Mitsuyo Kakuta is one of the most popular female novelists active in Japan today. Born in Yokohama in 1967, she graduated from Waseda University’s Faculty of Literature in 1989. She has received numerous literary prizes, including the Naoki Prize, the Chuo Koron Literary Prize and the Renzaburo Shibata Prize. Two of her bestselling novels, The Eighth Day and Pale Moon, have been made into acclaimed films in Japan. She presents a reading from March Was Made of Yarn, which explores the March 2011 earthquake that devastated Japan. Kakuta is one of 22 writers to offer insight into this tragedy.
Benjamin Percy is the author of the novels Red Moon and The Wilding, and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His writing has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Time and elsewhere. His honours include the Pushcart Prize, an NEA grant, the Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a Whiting Award. Raised in the high desert of central Oregon, he lives in Minnesota. Percy presents his new thriller, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic re-imagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, in which a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know.
Jacinto Lucas Pires was born in Porto in 1974 and now lives in Lisbon. He is a writer, playwright, director, musician and soccer aficionado. Pires won the prestigious Prémio Europa-David Mourão-Ferreira in 2008. Several translations of his short prose recently appeared in an issue of The St. Petersburg Review, translated by Jaime Braz and Dean Thomas Ellis. Pires presents his English-language debut, The True Actor, a touching story of identity and love and loss in austerity-era Portugal. It received the 2013 Domingos da Silva Teixeira Distinguished Literature Award.
Toni Sala is a teacher of Catalan literature. This professional experience led to the non-fiction essay The Brief Chronicle of a Secondary School Teacher, one of the bestselling and most controversial books of the decade. He has also written short stories, novels, essays and articles. He has been awarded the most prestigious awards in Catalan Literature and some of his works have been brought to the stage. Sala presents The Boys, a psychological meditation on death, sex and family that begins with the death of two brothers and is composed of four stories linked in unexpected ways. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull
Francesc Serés is an award-winning writer and journalist. His work includes De fems i de marbres, La força de la gravetat, Matèria primera and La pell de la frontera. He contributes to El País, Time Out and Maleta de Portbou and was awarded the National Literature Prize and the City of Barcelona Prize. Serés presents Russian Stories, 21 impish and irrepressible stories by five neglected or forgotten Russian writers, translated from Russian, to Catalan and finally to English. Supported by Institut Ramon Llull