Top of the List

Robyn Harding, Kate Hilton, Jennifer Robson

Top of the List

Moderator: Marsha Lederman

Event Number: 57
Tickets: $17.00

Top of the List

Robyn Harding, Kate Hilton, Jennifer Robson

Friday, October 20
10:00am - 11:30am
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

“Bestselling author”—words that many authors strive for and few achieve. Last year, three of Jennifer Robson’s novels were on the Globe and Mail’s Canadian fiction bestseller list at the same time. Kate Hilton spent 11 weeks on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for her debut novel, and reviewers are hailing her second novel, Just Like Family, as “smart, funny and honest.” Robyn Harding’s books have been translated into seven languages and her new novel The Party also made the Globe and Mail bestseller list. How did all this good fortune happen? What pressure does it put on a writer? Is it harder to take chances when the publisher’s—or the readership’s—expectations are so high? And what’s the secret behind blending fine writing with popular appeal?

Presented with HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.

Event Participants:

Robyn Harding

British Columbia

Before becoming a writer, Robyn Harding studied journalism and worked in the advertising industry. She is a Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller, and has written four “chick-lit” novels, as well as writing a young adult novel and a comedic memoir. Her books have been translated into nine languages. Harding also wrote and produced an independent film, The Steps, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Party is a domestic drama about a tragedy at a sweet sixteen party that sends a wealthy family into a chaotic spiral that undoes their picture-perfect life.

Kate Hilton


Kate Hilton is a bestselling author and experienced media contributor. She has appeared on Breakfast Television, CBC Early Edition, Global Morning, CTV Morning, and other local shows. Her work and her ideas have been featured in Canadian Living, CBC Canada Writes and The National Post, among others. Before becoming a writer, she worked in law, public relations and fundraising. She co-authors a non-fiction blog, the Pen Pal Project. Her second novel, Just Like Family, follows a successful business woman juggling the demands of her ex-husband, her fiancée and a work husband.


Jennifer Robson


Jennifer Robson first learned of the Great War from her father Stuart Robson, an acclaimed historian, who has been a major influence on her work. She has worked as an academic and editor and is the USA Today and Globe & Mail bestselling author of Somewhere in France, After the War is Over and Moonlight Over Paris. She also contributed to the anthology Fall of Poppies. Her latest, Goodnight from London, was partly inspired by her grandmother’s experiences and is about a young journalist who is hired in Britain to report on WWII just as The Blitz begins.