Mystery Three Ways

Moderator: Sam Wiebe

Event Number: 63

Free (pay what you can)
Thanks to the support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, Government of British Columbia and Raincoast Books.

Mystery Three Ways

Saturday, Oct 26
11:00am - 12:30pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

Craving hair-raising whodunits? Look no further than these three masters. Filled with mysterious aristocrats and doublecrossing spies, critics praise Iona Whishaw’s A Deceptive Devotion as cementing her place “among the finest mystery writing in Canada.” The legacy of Blanche Potter’s infamous father, cult leader and killer Chuck Varner, returns to haunt her in Journey Prize winner Nathan Ripley’s new thriller, Your Life Is Mine. Sarah Leavitt proves that even this genre of shock and surprise can be kept on its toes, as her chilling graphic novel Agnes, Murderess brings new life to the legend of an infamous West Coast madam and serial killer. In spine-chilling conversation, these authors untangle topics including the influence of true crime and how they keep readers guessing until the very end.


About the moderator:
Sam Wiebe is the author of Cut You Down, Invisible Dead, and Last of the Independents, and the editor of Vancouver Noir. Wiebe was the 2016 Vancouver Public Library Writer in Residence.

Event Participants:

Sarah Leavitt

British Columbia

Sarah Leavitt is the author of the graphic memoir Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, published in Canada, the US, UK, Germany, France, and Korea. It was a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2010, and is currently in development as a feature-length animation. Her new book, Agnes, Murderess, is horror/historical fiction set in 19th-century British ColumbiaLeavitt teaches comics classes at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Nathan Ripley


Nathan Ripley is the pseudonym of Toronto resident and Journey Prize winner Naben Ruthnum. Find You in the Dark, Ripley’s first thriller, was an instant bestseller and an Arthur Ellis Awards finalist for Best First Novel. As Naben Ruthnum, he is the author of Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race.


Iona Whishaw

British Columbia

Iona Whishaw was born in BC to English parents.  Her early years were spent in a tiny English community by Kootenay Lake, and her youth in Mexico and the US.  She has an MFA from UBC, has written poetry, a children’s book and short fiction prior to her Lane Winslow mystery series, which were initially inspired by her mother’s outing as a spy during the war.  She retired as an award-winning High School Principal in 2014., @ionawhishaw