Ian Rankin

in Conversation with Jerry Wasserman

Ian Rankin


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Saturday, October 27
7:30 pm
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston Street


Join us for an evening with the witty and visionary Ian Rankin who captivates readers with his bestselling Detective John Rebus novels. In conversation with crime aficionado Jerry Wasserman, Rankin will discuss his works to date—and this latest novel, In a House of Lies.

A master of the crime-thriller genre, Ian Rankin has gripped readers with his stories for more than thirty years. Since the first Rebus detective novel was published in 1987, the series has been translated into 36 languages and continues to include cross-border bestsellers. A contributor to “BBC2’s Newsnight Review”, Rankin also presented his own TV series, “Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts”.

In the latest mystery in the John Rebus series, the ex-DI returns alongside series stalwart Detective Siobhan Clarke in a case that will dredge up the secrets of the past and disrupt an even murkier present.

Always an audience favourite for his humour and charm, Ian Rankin is sure to delight as he returns to Vancouver for this candid conversation.

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Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University. A contributor to BBC2’s “Newsnight Review”, he also presented his own TV series, “Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts”. Rankin is a #1 bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons.

Ian Rankin

Jerry Wasserman is an award-winning actor, critic, scholar and public intellectual with a PhD in English from Cornell University. He taught English and Theatre for 45 years at the University of British Columbia, where he was Head of the Department of Theatre and Film from 2007-12. He has written or edited six books, including Modern Canadian Plays, the standard text for Canadian theatre courses, and is currently writing a book on African-American popular music, 1946-56.