2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Gripping Tales With Linwood Barclay, Cherie Jones, and Eddy Boudel Tan

These authors write in different genres but one thing connects them all: their ability to create spellbinding stories. Linwood Barclay is a household favourite for his prolific output of unputdownable thrillers. He returns with Find You First. Cherie Jones How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House has earned comparisons to Zadie Smith and Marlon James. The critically acclaimed debut follows four people in Barbados, each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called “paradise.” Eddy Boudel Tan’s debut, After Elias, cemented him as an author to watch. He returns with The Rebellious Tide, described as a “propulsive, unpredictable adventure.” Discover three new works you’ll be recommending as soon as you turn the last page.

Moderated by Rob Wiersema.

Presented in partnership with the BCIT Alumni Association.

Linwood Barclay (appearing virtually)
Cherie Jones (appearing in-person)
Eddy Boudel Tan (appearing in-person)
Rob Wiersema (appearing in-person)

Participants and Speakers

Linwood Barclay

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the author of nineteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. (ONTARIO)

Cherie Jones

CHERIE JONES was born in Barbados in 1974. A graduate of the MA program at Sheffield Hallam University, she was awarded a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her short fiction has been published in PANK, Reflex Fiction, and the Feminist Wire. (BARBADOS)

Eddy Boudel Tan

EDDY BOUDEL TAN is the author of two novels: After Elias, a finalist for the Edmund White Award and the ReLit Awards, and The Rebellious Tide, a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award. In 2021, he was named a Rising Star by Writers’ Trust of Canada. His short stories can be found in JoylandYolkGertrude Press, The G&LR, and two anthologies. He lives with his husband in Vancouver where he’s currently writing his next novel while listening to the language of birds from his balcony.

Rob Wiersema

ROBERT WIERSEMA is the author of three novels, a novella, a collection of short stories, and a book of nonfiction. He is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected book reviewers, with his work appearing regularly in The Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and numerous other publications. Wiersema lives in Victoria where he is a professor of creative writing at Vancouver Island University. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)