Sunday, March 01, 2009

Scene of the Crime

Our guest blogger this week has something to sell you. No, not cheap viagra or replica watches. If you like crime fiction, you’ll want to know about this: a one-day mystery event in the Thousand Islands on the historic St. Lawrence River. With Kingston, Ontario, nearby and Ottawa and Montreal not far away, you have the makings of a terrific long summer weekend!

Violette Malan is a fantasy novelist who dabbles in mystery. Along with Therese Greenwood she co-edited Dead in the Water, and she’s one of the founders of the Scene of the Crime Festival, where she's now president of the board.


Wolfe Island. Population 1300. Largest of the Thousand Islands. Accessible only by boat or private plane. A haven of peace, rural beauty and centuries-old farms.

Sound like a setting for a good old-fashioned mystery novel? Yeah, we thought so too. In fact, that’s why we thought it would make the perfect setting for a crime and mystery festival focusing on Canadian writers. Then, in a plot twist worthy of Dame Agatha herself, we discovered that Wolfe Island happens to be the birthplace of Grant Allen (1848-1899), internationally recognized as the first Canadian crime writer. You know, it’s true — it really is better to be lucky than good!

We’re now in our eighth year. We have an annual short story contest for beginning writers. We’ve given the Grant Allen Award for pioneering work in Canadian crime fiction six times — this year we’ll give it to Peter Robinson. And as in other years, we’ll have a brand new writers’ workshop, this time given by our very own Vicki Delany, as well as readings, panel discussions, and lectures. But the important thing is you get to meet — and sit down and eat with — five Canadian mystery writers. Along with Peter, we’ve invited Rosemary Aubert, Rick Blechta (don’t I know that guy?), Barbara Fradkin and David Rotenberg.

Come join us. We’re just a ferry ride away.


Vicki Delany said...

We need to drag Charles and Rose across the pond for this one.

Rick Blechta said...

You betcha! Fancy a trip to the land of your four bears, Charles? Um...I meant to type forebears...sorry about that...

If you're up to it, you could even swim across the lake!


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