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International Festival of Authors


We here at Manda were all very excited and thankful on Tuesday when Billingham, Robotham & Kallentoft, three exceptional crime & mystery authors, stopped by our office to tell us a bit about themselves and their books. All three made appearances at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors as stops on their North American tours. They happen to be incredibly entertaining! If you made it out to see them you may have been privy to some hilarious anecdotes about getting hate mail from avid Phil Collins fans, writing novels set in frigid climates while beach lounging, and buying your book for $60 dollars in Sweden.

Mark Billingham, a Londoner who gave up a career in stand-up comedy to write thrillers,  read excerpts from his newest novel Rush of Blood (Little, Brown - 9781847444226) on Tuesday. He also participated in a round table talk on violence and realism last night. While you may be familiar with Billingham's best sellers starring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, his most recent book is a departure from the series. He was so inspired by his friends’ bizarre holiday story that he “had to have it." His new novel is a cautionary tale about making friends while on vacation - with a few murders thrown in for good measure.

The round table talk at IFOA also featured crime-writer, Mons Kallentoft, visiting all the way from Sweden. At the festival, he read from the first three books in his award winning Malin Fors series published by Hachette Australia: Midwinter Sacrifice (9781444739930), Summertime Death (9781444721577), and Autumn Killing (9781444721621). Often compared by Swedish media to Stieg Larson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the books feature a strong female detective, Malin Fors, as she investigates murders and kidnappings in the little town of Linköping, Sweden. During his Manda visit, Mons joked that one of the advantages of writing from the perspective of a strong heroine is that women often believe that he may understand them better than their husbands.

Michael Robotham is an australian mystery writer known especially for his terrifying storylines and gripping suspense. He read at Studio Theatre from his most recent novel. In Say You’re Sorry (Sphere - 9781847445254) a clinical psychologist named Joe O’Loughlin convinces the police to reopen a cold case involving the disappearance of two teenage girls when two new dead bodies are uncovered. His new thriller has been praised by the likes of Stephen King and David Baldacci as exceptional. Fortunately Robotham’s so down to earth that his major concern is being "uninvited to dinner parties" by friends who think the  psychotic characters in his novel might reflect something about his own nature. More likely, his friends will be so impressed that invitations will be especially forthcoming!

Industry Legend Touring This Fall

author tour
Doug Gibson
author of Stories About Storytellers

Doug Gibson’s new book Stories About Storytellers (ECW, 9781770410688), is described in the July/August 2011 Fall Preview issue of Q&Q as “at once an insider’s take on the politics of Canadian publishing and a literary tour of an important era in Canadian letters from one of the industry’s living legends.” This fall Mr. Gibson is touring across Canada as a one-man show and will entertain crowds with stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his career as an Editor and Publisher like Pierre Trudeau who lead him (“Run!”) into a whizzing stream of traffic that almost crushed both of them and Alice Munro who credits him with keeping her writing short stories when the world demanded novels.  18 tour dates have already been confirmed including WordFest (Oct.15), Vancouver International Writers Fest (Oct. 18), and International Festival of Authors (Oct. 22). Please email us for more information about bookings!

Dates Confirmed:

Sun. Sept 25th, Toronto ON Word on the Street: Vibrant Voices of Ontario tent Official bookseller: University of Toronto Bookstore   Wed. Oct 12, Winnipeg MB McNally Robinson, Grant Park location   Thurs. Oct 13, Saskatoon SK Saskatoon McNally Robinson

Fri. Oct 14, Edmonton AB LitFest 12noon – 1pm downtown mall 7pm-9pm Main Stage event, Milner Public Library Theatre, signing in lobby Official bookseller, Audrey’s Books

Sat. Oct 15/Sun. Oct.16, Calgary AB WordFest Official bookseller: Pages On Kensington   Tues. Oct 18, Vancouver BC 8.00PM Vancouver International Writers Fest, Improv Centre Bookseller: Kidsbooks   Sat. Oct 22, Toronto ON International Festival of Authors

Sun. Oct 23, Ottawa ON Ottawa International Writers Fest Official bookseller:  David Dolan, tel: 613-222-5490

Thurs. Nov 3, St. Catherine’s ON Brock University Bookseller: Shelley Martin, Brock's bookstore

Wed. Nov 9. Waterloo ON Bookseller: Wordsworth Books

Saturday, November 12, Kingston ON 2pm – 4pm Indigo 259 Princess St, Kingston

Fri Nov 18/Sat Nov 19, Ottawa ON 6pm-7pm Association of Canadian Studies, annual conference   Sun Nov 20, Montreal QC Books & Breakfast Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore

Tues. Nov 22, Windsor ON University of Windsor bookstore Martin Deck: 519.253.3000 x3726

Wed Nov 23, Sarnia ON 7pm Library Auditorium The Bookkeeper, Susan Chamberlain 519-337-3171

Thurs. Nov 24, London ON 300-seat Wolf Hall at Central Library Official bookseller: Mark Pittman, Oxford Book Shop tel. 519-438-8336   Wed Nov 30, Toronto ON LRC Gardiner Museum Lunch Event Series