News: May, 2012

Elora Writers Festival

May 28, 2012

What a great festival Elora put on May 27.

I was one of six writers on the schedule and the only crime writer: a change from the panels and conferences I often attend that focus exclusively on the mystery genre. Also on the bill were poets Carolyn Smart and Erin Bow; Ken McGoogan (How the Scots Invented Canada); Robert Hough (Dr. Brinkley’s Tower); and Keith Ross Leckie (Coppermine).

The setting--the Wellington County Museum in Fergus--was beautiful and the hosts generous and welcoming. The crowd was appreciative of all the writers and seemed to really enjoy my readings from Boston Cream. I signed copies of all three Jonah Geller novels afterward, including quite a few of Buffalo Jump. That’s always a good sign to me, because it means people want to start the series from the beginning.

Best of all, my wife and sons were there, even though Aaron was celebrating his fifteenth birthday and would rather have been elsewhere (maybe anywhere).

Take CBC’s Page Turner Challenge

May 10, 2012

CBC is inviting writers to submit the first 250 words of a mystery or suspense novel, and asked for Canadian crime writers to send in their own samples to inspire contestants. Mine was one of two chosen, along with Pam Callow, the Halifax based author of Damaged and Tattooed. Deadline is May 22.

You can read more about it—and check out my entry—right here:

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/2012/05/celebrity-entries-pamela-callow-and-howard-shrier.html