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Some of nation’s best crime writers will be ‘killing it’ in Prince Edward County

The Women Killing It Crime Writers’ Festival in Prince Edward County will once again shine a light on some of Canada’s most talented crime and mystery writers this Labour Day weekend.

Building on the success of its inaugural festival last year, WKI 2018 will feature a wide variety of works in diverse formats sure to appeal to mystery lovers.

Janet Kellough

“We’re thrilled that Gail Bowen, one of Canada’s premiere mystery authors, agreed to come to Picton this year,” said the County’s Janet Kellough, a WKI organizer, and author of the popular Thaddeus Lewis mystery novel series.

“Along with Gail, we’re showcasing some writers who give their works a dark twist, like RM Greenaway and Kim Moritsugu, as well as some authors who have taken a different approach to writing crime.”

Catherine Astolfo will be discussing her success as a short story writer, Caro Soles will talk about writing historical mystery, Linda Wiken will outline what it takes to build a mystery series around a theme, and Y.S. Lee will speak about writing mystery for young adults.

Kellough also noted WKI is pleased to be showcasing local author Laurie Scott, who just published her first novel.

And like last year, the event is organized so that readers have many opportunities to interact directly with the authors.

Friday night, Aug. 31, starts off with “table-hopping” at Picton Town Hall, where each author has five minutes to tell a table of readers about her book before she moves on to the next group.

Saturday afternoon at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church will feature four of the authors along with a delicious tea served up by the Friends of Rose House Museum. Back at Picton Town Hall on Saturday night four more authors will discuss their works in a panel format.

“The workshop we held last year was incredibly popular,” Kellough said, “so this year we’re having two – one led by Gail Bowen and one by Vicki Delany.”

Both workshops will be held at Picton Library, with partial proceeds going to the library’s building fund.

WKI organizers Kellough, Vicki Delany, David Sweet, Christine Renaud and Theresa Durning are pleased at the amount of support received for the festival. Events are being produced in co-operation with Food Not Bombs, The Friends of Rose House Museum, Picton Public Library and Books & Co. Black Prince Winery and The Grange of Prince Edward County returned as sponsors, along with Diggers Books and Zines.

And, Kellough adds, “in a truly wonderful appreciation of the ironic,” Whattam Funeral Home has agreed to sponsor the Gail Bowen workshop.

“The focus of the festival is not only to give fans a chance to talk with their favourite author,” Kellough said, “but to introduce readers to some authors they may not be familiar with, and to acquaint aspiring writers with some avenues of approach that they may not have considered before. But most of all, it’s just fun.”

For event information visit the Women Killing It page on Facebook or the website at
Tickets are available locally at Books & Co. and on-line at Women Killing It Collective at

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