The Read by the Sea Literary Festival at River John, Nova Scotia is now in the 16th year of bringing Canada’s best authors and poets to Nova Scotia’s North Shore. Join us on July 11 at the River John Legion Gardens on Saturday July 11.
Maureen Jennings’ first crime fiction series is set in 1895 Victorian Toronto, featuring detective William Murdoch. CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries television series is based on the original material. As creative consultant, Maureen has co-written three scripts and adapted her novella “Shipwreck” for an episode. Her second series, featuring criminal profiler Christine Morris has been purchased by Shaftsbury Films for possible development. Maureen’s newest series is set in rural England during the Second World War and features Inspector Tom Tyler. These books, Season of Darkness, Beware this Boy and No Known Grave, inspired “The Bomb Girls”, a 2013 award-winning television series on Global Television. Maureen has also written stage plays. She was born in Birmingham, England, and emigrated to Canada as a teenager.
Giles Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ont., a small city similar to the Algonquin Bay of the John Cardinal novels. After studying English literature at the University of Toronto, he moved to New York City, where he lived for the next twenty years, before moving back to Toronto in 2002. The first Cardinal novel, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for best novel, as did the latest, Until the Night. He has been twice longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC award.
Isabel Huggan is a Canadian writer of fiction, essays and poetry, who has chosen to make her home in France. She has written about the years she and her husband spent renovating Le Mas Blanc in her best-selling memoir Belonging: Home Away From Home (Vintage), which won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction (2004). A prize-winning author with an international reputation for her short stories as well as innovative creative writing workshops, she has been teaching writing for over 35 years, in schools, universities, and private institutions. Since 1998, she has been on the staff of the Humber School for Writers, as an instructor in the annual summer workshop, and as a mentor in the 30-week correspondence program.
Linden MacIntyre’s bestselling first novel, The Long Stretch, was nominated for a CBA LIbris Award and his boyhood memoir, Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, won both the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Evelyn Richardson Prize. His second novel, The Bishop’s Man, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year Award, among other honours. The third book in the loose-knit trilogy, Why Men Lie, was also a #1 national bestseller as well as a Globe and Mail “Can’t Miss” Book for 2012. MacIntyre, who spent 24 years as the co-host of the CBC’s fifth estate, is a distinguished broadcast journalist who has won ten Gemini awards for his work.