If you didn’t come to the first event of the QuébeCrime Festival last night, you missed one heck of a show! We were surprised to discover many of the crime and mystery authors were comedians in disguise!
When Linwood Barclay started the evening’s reading he decided instead to regale us with tales of hilarious typographical errors from his time working as a journalist.
Mark Billingham then followed by reading an extract from next year’s novel, a parody of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, keeping the audience in stitches. Billingham went on to discuss letters he received from readers criticizing the bad language in his books. Giles Blunt continued with anecdotes of his own fan mail wherein a reader told him that the way his main character in his latest book treated a lady, was like getting a dirty phone call. The reader then proceeded to give him her phone number!
Ever wondered what night of the week is the slowest for a high-end prostitute? Well, after a short period of questions, Laura Lippman shared with us the intricacies of creating such a character with very little research material. Apparently it was very hard to get any first-hand information on the subject for the main character of her new book “And When she Was Good”. She did manage to find out one thing: Friday is the slowest night of the week for a prostitute. Why? We’ll be posting a video extract of Laura Lippman’s explanation soon after the festival.
After Lippman read an extract from her book, it was Archer Mayor’s turn to make us cry with laughter with the anecdote of a case he had worked on a few months ago. Dwayne, a bank robber in Vermont, tried to rob a bank with a brown paper bag and very little wits about him. Again, a video extract of this will be available soon.
To finish the evening Michael Robothom shared with us a touching anecdote of his relationship with Ray Bradbury. He then read an extract of his latest book “Say You’re Sorry” that kept everyone riveted. The last period of questions brought on some interesting debates about the use of the present and the past tense in novels, the evolution of main characters and their families in a series and the death penalty in real life.
We finished the night on a lighter note at the pub Le Saint-Patrick where we drank and talked with the authors. It was great fun! For those of you who missed out, there is still time to come to the other events of the festival. Tonight there are 2 events:
18:00-20:00 Anglophone Panel & Book signing: “The Drama of Everyday Life: Small Lives, Bigger Fears?”
Linwood BARCLAY – Mark BILLINGHAM – Giles BLUNT – Archer MAYOR – John MCFETRIDGE.
20:30 -22:30 Anglophone Reading & Book signing
John CONNOLLY – Brian FREEMAN – Chris F. HOLM – Peter KIRBY – Robert POBI – David SWINSON
Videos extracts of thursday’s event will be posted online after the Festival.