UPDATE: I'm very excited to announce that John Connolly (Ireland) and Mons Kallentoft (Sweden) have confirmed their presence to the festival this year. We're still tweaking the schedule but John should be part of the Friday evening event and possibly the next morning panel, while Mons will be part of the closing evening event, on the Saturday, after having participated in a morning panel. See below for schedule. 

The second edition of our QuébeCrime Writers Festival will be held later this year (October 25-27) in beautiful Québec City, and we are enthusiastically presenting to you our world-class line-up:  Wayne Arthurson, Linwood Barclay, Mark BillinghamPeggy Blair, Giles Blunt, Chelsea Cain, John Connolly, Brian Freeman, Chris F. HolmPeter Kirby, Mons Kallentoft, Owen LaukkanenLaura Lippman, Archer Mayor, John McFetridge, Robert Pobi, Michael Robotham, Brad Smith, and also David Swinson. We're hoping to add maybe one or two writers. 

We'll also be holding two events in French with Québec writers Patrick de Friberg, Martin Michaud, Patrick Senécal, Johanne Seymour, and possibly one more.

Here is the tentative schedule (almost official) for the main events: (times may be slightly different; all events will be followed by a short period of questions from the public, and book signings).

Thursday, October 25:
7.30 pm - 9.30 pm: Reading/talk with Linwood Barclay, Mark Billingham, Giles Blunt, Laura Lippman, Archer Mayor, Michael Robotham

Friday, October 26:
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm: Panel "The Drama of Everyday Life: Small Lives, Bigger Fears?" with Linwood Barclay, Mark Billingham, Giles Blunt, Archer Mayor, John McFetridge

8.30 pm - 10.30 pm: Reading/talk with John Connolly, Brian Freeman, Chris F. HolmPeter Kirby, Robert Pobi, David Swinson

Saturday, October 27:
10.30 am - 12.30 pm: Panel "Books to Die For" with Chelsea Cain, John Connolly, Brian Freeman, Chris F. Holm, Mons Kallentoft, Owen Laukkanen

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm: (in French) Panel "Le polar Québécois : un monde à part?" avec Patrick DeFriberg, Martin Michaud, Patrick Senécal, et Johanne Seymour.

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm: Panel "Living the Double-Life: To Work and To Write" with Wayne Arthurson, Peggy Blair, Peter Kirby, Robert Pobi, Brad Smith, David Swinson.

6.30 pm - 8.30 pm: Discussion et lecture avec Patrick DeFriberg, Martin Michaud, Patrick Senécal, et Johanne Seymour.

9.00 pm - 11.00 pm: Reading/talk with Wayne Arthurson, Peggy Blair, Chelsea Cain, Mons Kallentoft, Owen Laukkanen, John McFetridge.

For full details on other events (like CSI activities) and to purchase tickets, go to our official website

Here's hoping we'll see you in Québec City next fall.
The Morrin Center in Old-Quebec City

June 2012
(updated July 25th, 2012)


  1. Looks very good, Jacques - maybe one year I could make it across.

  2. i certainly hope you'll be able to make it. When you're ready, we'll welcome you for sure. And if we receive a ton of sponsors, then we'll fly you here. I'd like to make it to Bloody Scotland. Doesn't seem probable for this year, but we never know.