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Press Release:
For immediate release, April 10, 2005


Top Canadian Crime Writers
Attend Wolfe Island Festival

A Who's Who of Canada's hottest mystery authors will be among the line-up for this summer's Scene of the Crime Festival on Wolfe Island, Ont.

Topping the list at the Saturday, August 13, event will be William Deverell, this year's recipient of the festival's Grant Allen Award honouring Canada's crime writing pioneers.

Formerly one of Vancouver's top criminal lawyers and creator of TV's Street Legal, Deverell is among Canada's leading purveyors of crime thrillers. He will participate throughout the day's events, including a panel discussion and special interview highlighting his 26-year career as one of Canada's premier crime writers.

Sharing the stage with Deverell will be:

Award-winning writer Rick Mofina, author of the popular series of novels featuring San Francisco crime reporter Tom Reed and homicide detective Walt Sydowski. The Dying Hour, the first book in Mofina's new series with U.S. publisher Pinnacle Books, is scheduled for summer release across North America.

Picton author J.D. Carpenter is also releasing a new book this summer, Bright's Kill, a Campbell Young mystery, with publisher Dundurn. Carpenter's first Campbell Young novel, The Devil in Me, was nominated for Canada's top crime writing award, the Arthur Ellis Award, and appeared on the Globe and Mail's bestseller list.

Rick Gadziola is a semi-professional blackjack, backgammon, and poker champ who has combined his knowledge of the industry and the underworld of Las Vegas in Raw Deal, a compelling mystery released last fall.

H. Mel Malton's novels featuring amateur sleuth Polly Deacon have been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis. This is Mel's second visit to the festival.

Returning to the Scene of the Crime for the fourth time is writer Peter Sellers, winner of the prestigious Ellery Queen Readers Award, and editor of the award-winning "Hard Boiled" series of Canadian anthologies.

Also on hand are Arthur Ellis-nominated crime writers Joan Boswell (who also has a new novel out this summer), Therese Greenwood, Caro Soles, award-winning nonfiction writer Wayne Grady, and some surprise guests.

Full-day events include:

  • A talk on rum-running in the Thousand Islands by author Bill Hunt, an expert in Prohibition-era tales and author of several best-selling books on the subject, including Booze, Boats and Billions.
  • A panel discussion moderated by retired citizenship court judge and broadcaster Roy Bonisteel;
  • A home-made lunch served up with Island hospitality;
  • All-new workshop for beginning writers;
  • Old-fashioned church supper with fresh-baked pie.

The Scene Of The Crime Festival was launched to honour Canada's first crime writer, Grant Allen, born at his family home on Wolfe Island, the manor of the Baron de Longueuil family. The first Canadian to write crime stories, Allen invented one of the most popular plot conceits of the genre. Allen went on to become one of the most prolific writers of the Victorian period and invented a plot staple, the thief who is actually the hero of the story.

The Grant Allen Award takes the form of a specially designed kaleidoscope, unique for each author honoured. The kaleidoscope was chosen as an award because of its unique place in the Victorian drawing rooms where Grant Allen's novels were popular. The award also includes a cash prize of $500.

Visitors can take the ferry from Kingston and walk to all events from the Island dock.