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Cocktails with Crime Writers of Canada

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Join Cathy Ace, Chair of Crime Writers of Canada, and writers Jane Burfield, MH Callway, RE Donald, Merrilee Robson, and Loreth Anne White for a discussion about cool Canadian crime, from British-style cozies to thrillers. Ask questions to help your own writing, or learn about some authors whose work you might enjoy, in a free-flowing conversation. The authors will buy the first round of drinks and each guest will also receive a book from one of the participants.



Cathy Ace
Originally from Wales, now-Canadian Cathy Ace writes two series—one in the Christie tradi­tion, one an Anglophile’s cozy dream—both with a Welsh accent! The Cait Morgan Mysteries feature a Welsh-Canadian criminal psychologist who’s a bit of a foodie, and a sleuth to boot. She travels the world tripping over The Corpse with the… (insert name of precious body part, e.g., Silver Tongue, Diamond Hand, Ruby Lips, etc.) The WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries feature four softly-boiled female PI’s who investigate quintessentially British cases from their office at a Welsh stately home.

Jane Petersen Burfield
Winning the Boney Pete Award with her first short story in 2001 led to Jane’s respect for the magic of creating interesting characters, intriguing plot, and a witty twist. Recent stories have appeared in award-winning n’Evermore, an anthology homage to Edgar Allan Poe, and Thirteen O’Clock, a Mesdames of Mayhem collection. Toronto born, Jane enjoys the com-pany of her three Shakespearian named daughters and two goofy rescue dogs in a house her Grandfather built. She awaits the day when she can again enjoy a rescue cat

Madeleine Harris-Callway
Madeleine used her experiences working for a Northern Ontario gold mine in her critically acclaimed debut thriller, Windigo Fire (Seraphim Editions). As an avid long-distance cyclist, she made her hero’s fight to survive exhaustion and thirst in the bush believable. Murderous bush pilots, hungry bears, and forest fires though – no comment! The book was short-listed for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award and Margaret Cannon of The Globe and Mail, called her “a writer to watch.” Her novella, Glow Grass (13 O’clock, Carrick Publish-ing) was runner-up for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Best Novella Award. You may read her award-winning short fiction in Glow Grass and Other Tales (Carrick).

R.E. Donald
R.E. Donald writes the Highway Mysteries series, featuring a former RCMP homicide investigator who takes to the road as a long-haul trucker. Although her hero, Hunter Rayne, is based in the Vancouver area, the first four novels take the reader on highways from L.A. to Alaska. Ruth draws on her years in the transportation industry to create realistic characters and situations in her traditional mysteries, enjoyed by men and women alike. There are currently four books in the series, with another soon to follow. She lives on a ranch with her French Canadian cowboy on BC’s Cariboo plateau.

Merrilee Robson
Merrilee Robson is the author of Murder Is Uncooperative, a mystery set in a non-profit housing cooperative, and the first in a planned series. It is her first novel, if you don’t count the one she wrote in pencil when she was eleven. She has published short stories and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two incorrigible cats. Her house is over 100 years old and was first owned by a police officer.

Loreth Anne White
Loreth Anne White is an award-winning and bestselling author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. Her latest—the Angie Pallorino series—a gritty, dark, atmospheric, female-driven police procedural launches in June 2017 with THE DROWNED GIRLS. A recovering journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, Loreth now resides in Whistler, a ski resort in the coast mountains of the Pacific Northwest.



THE FINE PRINT: Your Honolulu Havoc Name Badge will be required to participate.
Author Connections are not official activities sponsored by Left Coast Crime, but are agreements between the participants. Participants assume the entire responsibility and liability for losses, damages, and claims arising out of injury or damage during Author-Reader Connections activities. Participants shall indemnify and hold harmless Left Coast Crime, and the agents and employees of the organization from any and all such losses, damages and claims.

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