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An Evening with Gail Bowen

Thursday Sep 14 2017 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Atrium
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In conversation with Catherine Macdonald and signing The Winners' Circle: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (McClelland & Stewart) co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of our collaborative Fall Literary Series.

As Joanne Kilbourn-Shreve, her husband, Zack, and their daughter, Taylor, rush through the rain from their cottage to their car, the Thanksgiving weekend they just spent at the lake with Zack’s law partners is already slipping away. Within weeks, a triple homicide will rip apart the lives of those related to the lawyers who, at the end of their first year in law school, only half-jokingly styled themselves “The Winners’ Circle.” Dazed by grief, Joanne will seek answers to an impossible question: “Why did they die?”

Gail Bowen’s first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award, and A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; all 14 (and counting!) books in the series have been enthusiastically reviewed. In 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009, she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina. Visit her online.

Catherine MacdonaldHost Catherine Macdonald’s career as a freelance historian and archivist provided fodder for her debut mystery novel, Put on the Armour of Light, which won the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction at the Manitoba Book Awards in 2016. Currently working on a sequel to that book, she also writes about Winnipeg books, especially crime fiction, on her blog, portage and slain.