Ian Rankin in Conversation with Linwood Barclay

Moderator: Linwood Barclay

Ian Rankin in Conversation with Linwood Barclay

Saturday, Oct 24
Live on Zoom

It may be a mid-morning conversation, but this discussion between two close friends would be a natural fit in Edinburgh’s stark Oxford Bar—the favourite haunt of Ian Rankin’s most beloved character, detective John Rebus. What would internationally bestselling authors at the height of their craft discuss when considering their two latest works? Don’t miss the chance to find out. Rankin’s A Song of the Dark Times is the 23rd novel in the Rebus series, explores the relationship between crime, punishment and redemption and revolves around the disappearance of a man in which Rebus’ own daughter might be involved. Linwood Barclay’s Elevator Pitch has been called “one hell of a suspense novel” by Stephen King and “wildly inventive and really scary” by the New York Times. They may be crime writers, but these two minds are guaranteed to provoke a laugh during this Festival highlight.

Presented in partnership with SFU Continuing Studies.

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the multi-million copy New York Times bestselling author of eighteen previous novels, including A Noise Downstairs, Far From True, The Twenty-Three, Broken Promise, Parting Shot and No Time For Goodbye, and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. His latest novel is Elevator Pitch. Barclay lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.

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Ian Rankin


IAN RANKIN is a #1 international bestselling author, most known for his series of crime novels featuring Inspector Rebus. The latest in this series is A Song for the Dark Times. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.