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Women Killing It Crime Writers’ Festival

Fri September 1 - Sat September 2

Women Killing It

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

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

Janet Kellough


Fri September 1
Sat September 2


Prince Edward County Community Centre
375 Main St.
Picton, Ontario Canada

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