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Summer festival roundup: Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Festival

In the June issue of Q&Q, we tour five of the country’s most intriguing literary festivals.

Panel discussion at the 2011 festival

Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime Festival
August 11, Wolfe Island, Ontario

Wolfe Island is the scene of Canada’s only festival devoted to crime writing. Board member and author Vicki Delany says the St. Lawrence River island doesn’t just provide a bucolic, intimate setting, it is also the boyhood home of Grant Allen, considered to be Canada’s first crime writer. Although the writing may be murderous in nature, Delany describes the festival atmosphere as casual and friendly.

2011 attendance: sold-out at over 100 attendees

Notable past authors: Peter Robinson, Joy Fielding, Louise Penny, Linwood Barclay, Gail Bowen

This year’s highlights: Members of the Ladies’ Killing Circle, who founded a popular 1990s crime anthology series, will be joined by writers YS Lee, D.J. McIntosh, John Moss, and Thomas Rendell Curran. Delany will offer a workshop on crime writing.