2024 Festival:
October 21–27

81. Pulse-Racing Thrillers

81. Pulse-Racing Thrillers

When he’s not practicing emergency medicine, Dr. Daniel Kalla writes thrillers that take place in the world of pills and prescriptions. Fit to Die is no different: a riveting tale about body shaming, toxic diet pills, and a rapidly rising body count. Robyn Harding is a Festival audience favourite, and The Drowning Woman is just as dark and propulsive as her other works, following a homeless woman fleeing the past. Meanwhile, #1 bestselling author Amy Stuart returns with a thrilling tale of suspense and secrets when A Death at the Party dredges up the past for its protagonists. Each of these writers uses the everyday to cast tales of mystery and intrigue, showing that all is not what it seems in our complex world. Moderated by Rob J. Wiersema.

Event Participants:

Robyn Harding

ROBYN HARDING is the bestselling author of The Perfect Family, The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party, which was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel. Her latest release, The Drowning Woman, was a national bestseller and has been optioned for TV. Her book, The Swap, debuted at #1 on the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star Canadian Bestsellers lists. She is the screenwriter and executive producer of the independent film The Steps. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and two cute but deadly rescue chihuahuas.

Daniel Kalla

DANIEL KALLA is an internationally bestselling author of many novels, including The Darkness in the Light, Lost Immunity, The Last High, and We All Fall Down. Kalla practices emergency medicine in Vancouver, British Columbia. Visit him at DanielKalla.com or follow him on Twitter @DanielKalla.

Amy Stuart

AMY STUART is the #1 bestselling author of three novels: Still Mine, Still Water, and Still Here. Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and winner of the 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, Amy is the founder of Writerscape, an online community for hopeful and emerging writers. Amy lives in Toronto with her husband and their three sons. Connect with her on her website AmyStuart.ca and on Twitter @AmyFStuart.

Robert J. Wiersema

ROBERT J. WIERSEMA is the author of three novels, a novella, a short story collection, and a book of nonfiction. He is one of Canada’s most recognized book reviewers, with work in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and National Post, among others. He teaches creative writing at Vancouver Island University.