Announcing a new crime writing festival – one that puts the spotlight on Canada’s talented women writers who work in the crime and mystery genre. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing the author line-up for the festival on September 1st & 2nd, 2017 as well as news of festival events and ticket information. Stay tuned for clues and evidence at https://www.facebook.com/WomenKillingItCrime
So how did all this come about, you ask? I got tired of reading articles about how women writers are taken less seriously, reviewed less often, and overlooked for festival bookings. In particular crime writers (of which I am one) are frequently dismissed as “genre”, “not serious writing”, “light entertainment”, “not worthy” in our CanLit world.
I also get tired of just bellyaching, so I decided to do something about it. I approached the inestimable David Sweet at our local bookstore Books & Co. He liked the idea of a festival that would showcase women crime writers. I talked to the fabulous Vicki Delany, former President of Crime Writers of Canada, who knows the business inside out. And we pulled in Christine Renaud, graphic designer par excellence. I have a background in concert production, so I wasn’t daunted by the organizational aspect (writers are easier than musicians, right?) We decided it could be done. That’s it. That’s our dream team.
We already have community support – the festival is being offered in cooperation with Macaulay Heritage Park (a local museum and restored heritage home) and The Prince Edward County Library system as well as Books & Co. We’re still putting details in place. We hope to have a website up and running after Christmas. Stay tuned for news and in the meantime, if you don’t know anything about Prince Edward County, check it out at