2023 Festival:
October 16–22

77. Gripping Domestic Thrillers

77. Gripping Domestic Thrillers

These two authors have sold hundreds of thousands of copies in more than 40 countries. Clearly, their subject matter resonates with readers across the globe: that of the psychological terrors found in the most mundane parts of our lives; family dynamics transformed into gripping thrillers. Who knew the faultlines in marriages or communities could be so compelling? These celebrated authors at the top of their genre talk about the mysteries of motherhood and why family dynamics make such good fodder for pulse-racing plots. They’ll also share a little about their latest works: Ashley Audrain’s The Whispers and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s The Wolf Hunt. Moderated by Lisa Christiansen.

Presented thanks to the generous support of Sam Znaimer in memory of Nancy Richler.

Event Participants:

Ashley Audrain

ASHLEY AUDRAIN’s debut novel, The Push, was a New York Times, Sunday Times (UK), and #1 international bestseller, and a Good Morning America Book Club pick. It has sold in more than forty territories, and a limited television series is currently in development. Audrain previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada, and prior to that she worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. The Whispers is her second novel.

Lisa Christiansen

LISA CHRISTIANSEN is the reporter/editor for CBC Vancouver’s The Early Edition. She is the co-host of the feminism and pop culture podcast Pop This! and a two time Polaris Music Prize grand juror.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN is the author of The Liar and Waking Lions, which won the JQ-Wingate Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and has been published in seventeen countries. She is a clinical psychologist, has worked for the Israeli civil rights movement, and is an award-winning screenwriter. She won Israel's prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut.