This intriguing talk gathers together three heavyweights who have all embraced elements of the romantic thriller. A New York Times best-seller, Kelley Armstrong reveals an off-the-grid town with a stranger in its midst in This Fallen Prey. Canadian novelist Amy Stuart presents her latest novel Still Water, which uncovers a search for truth in a town full of secrets. Michael Robotham’s The Other Wife investigates the sordid past of an aging father. This event will be moderated by Andrew Pyper and hosted by David Bradford.
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.
David Bradford is an interdisciplinary poet and a founding editor of House House Press. He is the author of Nell Zink Is Damn Free (Blank Cheque Press, 2017), Call Out (knife | fork | book, 2017), and The Plot (House House Press, 2018). His poetry has appeared in, among others, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, The Capilano Review, and The Unpublished City, a 2018 Toronto Book Awards finalist. Currently at work on Skin Folk, a black incursion into modern pastoral modes, David is based in Montreal, on the traditional unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.
Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. His 2004 debut thriller The Suspect sold more than one million copies worldwide. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four stand-alone thrillers. In 2015, he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for his thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.
Amy Stuart's debut novel Still Mine was an instant national bestseller. Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel award, and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Competition, Amy’s writing has previously appeared in newspapers and magazines across Canada. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons. Still Water is her second novel. Visit her at AmyStuart.ca or @AmyfStuart.