Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Canadian Crime Fiction

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June and July will be bountiful months for Canadian fans of crime fiction. The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards are announced on June 5 and Bloody Words VIII runs in Toronto from June 6 to 8. On July 12, across the country in Vancouver, the Symposium on the Book is "pulling back the covers on crime writing in Canada" and ten of "Canada’s top experts on all aspects of crime writing and publishing [will] delve deep not only into the techniques and mechanics of writing crime, but into the role and place of 'genre' writing in Canada."

The symposium will feature such notable authors as ECW Press's Anne Emery (Sign of the Cross, Obit, Barrington Street Blues), McClelland & Stewart editor Dinah Forbes and crime fiction columnist Margaret Cannon. The panel discussion will be moderated by mystery writer Mary Jane Maffini (Too Hot to Handle, Rendez-Vous Crime),

and the panelists will discuss such questions as, "How does an author develop a fan base? How do the creators of crime fiction make their stories work so well and instill such loyalty? What distinguishes 'good' crime fiction from the 'schlock'? How does true crime writing differ yet complement crime fiction? And what does a crime writing editor look for in a manuscript?"

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