Saturday November 3: 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Main Character, Same Character? with Ian Hamilton in conversation with David Worsley 

In conversation


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In his award-winning Ava Lee series, mystery novelist Ian Hamilton presents Ava Lee, a forensic accountant with a specialty in dangerous massive debt recovery. In Hamilton’s new upcoming series, one of Ava Lee’s contacts— Uncle—takes centre stage. Join Words Worth Books owner and thriller aficionado David Worsley for a discussion on how to introduce new locales and secondary characters while keeping existing characters fresh and compelling.

(Formerly “Writing Incognito” with Naben Ruthnum)

  • David Worsley became co-owner of Words Worth Books in 2011, after managing the bookstore for 12 years. In 2006 he won the prestigious Hand-Selling Award from HarperCollins Canada. Dave is currently an editor at The New Quarterly and sits on their Wild Writers Festival program committee. He has also volunteered with the CKWR FM Monday with the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, and facilitates speaker and lecturer events, including a men’s only book club, at Words Worth Books. David has over 25 years experience in the book industry and is an exceptional recommender of mystery and crime titles.

  • Ian Hamilton is the author of the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton “One of the Ten Mystery/Crime Writers from the Last Thirty Years That Should Be on Your Bookshelf.” The series is being adapted for television.