Mystery and thriller writers Kelly Braffet, Thomas Enger, Owen King and Andrew Pyper discuss the navigation of good and evil in life and in literature. Hosted and moderated by Mark Askwith.
Mark Askwith is a producer, writer and interviewer for SPACE, Canada’s national science-fiction channel. He has also written several comics and graphic novels, including Silencers and The Prisoner.
Kelly Braffet is the author of Josie and Jack and Last Seen Leaving. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, where she received her MFA. Braffet presents Save Yourself, in which Patrick Cusimano, a midnight shift worker at a grubby convenience store, is surprised to find he has attracted the attention of two very different women. It’s not long before the temptations the two offer push him dangerously close to a breakdown.
Thomas Enger is a former journalist, a music composer and the international bestselling author of the Henning Juul series. His debut novel, Burned, was shortlisted for the eDunnit award in England. Movie rights for all six books in the Henning Juul series have been purchased by a Norwegian production company. Enger presents Pierced, the second novel in the series, which finds Henning returning to work as a reporter after being scarred in a deadly fire that killed his son. When he is promised information about his son’s death, he sets out to the clear the name of a convicted murderer.
Owen King is a graduate of Vassar College and the MFA program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is the author of We’re All in This Together: A Novella and Stories. His writing has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Guernica, One Story and Prairie Schooner, among other publications. King has also taught creative writing at Columbia University and Fordham University, and is a working screenwriter. He presents Double Feature, which tells the story of Sam Dolan, a young man coming to terms with his life in the process and aftermath of making his first film.
Andrew Pyper is the author of eight novels, including The Only Child and The Demonologist, which won the International Thriller Writers award for Best Hardcover Novel and was selected for the Globe and Mail’s Best 100 Books of 2013 and Amazon’s 20 Best Books of 2013. Among his previous books, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Killing Circle was a New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year. Three of Pyper’s novels, including The Demonologist and The Damned, are in active development for feature film. He lives in Toronto.