Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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For the past 26 years, The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming. See the lineup of incredible Canadian literary talent at the 27th festival on September 25, 2016.

Mystery Aboard the Kajama

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

It’s murder aboard the Kajama – not literally, we hope. If daring forensic accountants, kidnapped journalists, and a punk retelling of And Then There Were None are your bag, you’ll want to hop aboard our special mystery cruise, featuring three of today’s finest authors in the genre –including the most recent winner of the Arthur Ellis Award, Peter Kirby.

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The Princeling of Nanjing

In the Princeling of Nanjing, the ninth novel in the hugely successful Ava Lee series, Ava finds herself caught in a labyrinth of high-level political corruption that spreads to three continents.

  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton is the author of the wildly popular and bestselling Ava Lee novels. The first book in the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, an Top 100 Book of the Year, an Top 100 Editors’ Pick, an Canadian Pick, an Mysteries and Thrillers Pick, a Toronto Star Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year, and a Quill & Quire Top 5 Fiction Book of the Year. The Disciple of Las Vegas was a finalist for the Barry Award for Best Original Trade Paperback and The Wild Beasts of Wuhan was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Mystery. Most recently, The Two Sisters of Borneo was an instant Canadian bestseller.

Open Season

A Guatemalan journalist is kidnapped, and the only message from her kidnappers is the murder of her lawyer. In a race against time, Luc Vanier sets about reconstructing her life, through the sordid world of human trafficking, the secretive underbelly of a multinational mining corporation, and the hiding places of desperate refugees. When Vanier is brutally warned off the investigation, he throws away the rule book and goes after the villains with a vengeance.

  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Peter Kirby

Peter Kirby was born in Ireland and grew up in the hardscrabble neighbourhood of Brixton in South London. He came to Canada as a cook, went to university at night, and eventually became a lawyer. He now practises international law in one of Canada’s largest law firms and is recognized by The American Lawyer as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers. Kirby’s latest title, Open Season, recently won the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. His previous books are The Dead of Winter (2012) and Vigilante Season (2013), both published by LLP. He lives in Montreal.


Harvey Keill, ex-manager of the Ladykillers, arranges a reunion for his notorious punk band on a remote island off the coast of Seattle. But once the band and their eclectic entourage arrive, a dark secret emerges from their past to haunt them as, one by one, the guests begin to fall prey to a mysterious fate.

  • Fiction
  • Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Jeffrey Round

Jeffrey Round is the author of nine novels, including the Lambda Award–winning Lake on the Mountain, and a poetry collection, In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci. His first two books, A Cage of Bones and The P-town Murders, were listed on AfterElton’s Top 50 Greatest Gay Books. He is a founding member of the Naked Heart Festival of Words and lives in Toronto.