2024 Festival:
October 21–27

62: Building Suspense

62: Building Suspense

A woman wakes up with amnesia on the highway after her mother wins $47 million with a lottery ticket. An isolated community benefits from a revolutionary, autonomous vehicle. A journalist and mountaineer wonders what else is out there in the remote Swiss Alps where he climbs. Whether the background is suburban living or adventure treks, successful thriller writers make every scene burst with hair-raising possibilities. Beloved Fest favourite and bestselling author Linwood Barclay (Take Your Breath Away) joins Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence finalist Sandra SG Wong (In the Dark We Forget) and internationally bestselling Dutch author Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Echo) to tell us how they build such creepy, surprising, compelling tales that have you checking over your shoulder… then starting another chapter. Moderated by Jerry Wasserman.

Event Participants:

Linwood Barclay

LINWOOD BARCLAY is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including No Time for Goodbye and the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming. His book The Accident has been made into a TV series. Take Your Breath Away is his latest work. (ONTARIO)

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT is a Dutch author of several novels and stories of the fantastic. He has been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards and is a winner of the Paul Harland Prijs. Following his international bestselling novel Hex, he joins the Festival with Echo. (THE NETHERLANDS) Presented thanks to the support of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver.

Jerry Wasserman

JERRY WASSERMAN is an actor, theatre critic, Emeritus Professor of English & Theatre at UBC, and an avid fan of crime fiction.

Sandra SG Wong

SANDRA SG WONG is a finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence and a nominee for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. She holds an honours BA in English and speaks four languages, though she only curses in one. Wong lives in Edmonton, and is too often tweeting instead of writing. (ALBERTA)