2024 Festival:
October 21–27

13. The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Page-Turning Thrills

13. The Alma Lee Opening Night Event: Page-Turning Thrills

This event will have auto-generated Closed Captions accessible by mobile phone at bit.ly/vwfcaptions.

Looking for books to keep you up at night when you decide to read “just one more chapter”? We have the event for you. Three of the world’s most celebrated thriller writers join us on stage to talk about craft, mystery, crime, and plots that get your pulse racing. Louise Candlish’s The Only Suspect is a new work about obsession and deadly secrets. Shari Lapena has been called “a master of manipulation” by USA Today, and her latest thrilling domestic suspense novel, Everyone Here is Lying, proves it. Irish writer Liz Nugent, an international bestseller, joins us to talk about her wickedly dark and sharply observed novel, Strange Sally Diamond, about a woman confronting her unknown past. Your TBR pile just got bigger—but don’t worry, you’ll read these quickly. Moderated by André Picard.

Celebrating 10 Years of Publishing

Presented thanks to the support of Simon & Schuster.

Event Participants:

Louise Candlish

LOUISE CANDLISH is the internationally bestselling author of fifteen novels, including The Other Passenger, The Heights, and Our House. Louise lives in London with her husband and daughter. Connect with her on Twitter @Louise_Candlish, Facebook @LouiseCandlishAuthor, and Instagram @LouiseCandlish.

Shari Lapena

SHARI LAPENA is the internationally bestselling author of the thrillers The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know, The End of Her, and Not a Happy Family, which have all been New York Times and The Sunday Times (London) bestsellers. Her books have been sold in forty territories around the world. She lives on a farm outside of Toronto. Everyone Here Is Lying is her seventh thriller.

Liz Nugent

LIZ NUGENT has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the bestselling novels Unraveling Oliver, Lying in Wait, and Little Cruelties. She lives in Dublin and has won four Irish Book Awards, as well as the James Joyce Medal for Literature. Visit her at LizNugent.com

André Picard

ANDRÉ PICARD is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, and the author of six bestselling non-fiction books, including Matters of Life and Death and Neglected No More. He lives in Vancouver.