Thrills & Chills

Moderator: Robert Wiersema

Event Number: 42
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

Thrills & Chills

Thursday, Oct 24
6:00pm - 7:15pm
The Revue Stage

1601 Johnston Street

Is there a word for that terrifying suspense that leaves you unable to do anything but turn the page? “Unputdownable” is what #1 NYT Bestseller R.J. Palacio said of Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend. Already this fearsome, ambitious novel from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower is poised to become another cult classic. Nathan Ripley became a favourite thriller name with his debut, Find You in the Dark. A story of gun violence and radicalization, Your Life Is Mine is his second chilling work. And Robyn Harding shares yet another bestselling spine-tingler: The Arrangement, one that quickly goes wrong between the protagonist and her much older lover. Enjoy hearing about craft and cruelty from these “unputdownables.”

About the moderator:
Robert J. Wiersema ‘s  first novel, Before I Wake, was a national bestseller in 2006 and has since been published in a dozen or so countries. He is the author of two other novels, Bedtime Story and Black Feathers; a novella, The World More Full of Weeping; a strange memoir, Walk Like a Man and a story collection, Seven Crow Stories. Wiersema writes and talks about books regularly. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University, and also teaches at Camosun College. 

Event Participants:

Stephen Chbosky


Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. He also directed the acclaimed 2017 film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky’s long-awaited second novel.

Robyn Harding

British Columbia

Robyn Harding is the internationally bestselling author of The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party, finalist for the Arthur Ellis award for best crime novel. She has also written and executive produced an independent film. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.

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.