IFOA Stratford welcomes winner of the Latino International Book Award Chantel Acevedo and Sherlock Award winner Mark Billingham. They will read from their latest work and discuss inspiration, character development and plot twist. The event will be moderated by Joseph Kertes.
Tickets can be purchased through Stratford Writers Festival.
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Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the author of A Falling Star, Love and Ghost Letters, The Distant Marvels and the winner of the Latino International Book Award. Acevedo is an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program at the University of Miami.
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of his novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a new series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death will be broadcast on BBC1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary, but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. Kertes founded Humber College's creative writing and comedy programs. He was until recently Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching and innovation. His first novel, Winter Tulips, won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Boardwalk, his second novel, and two children's books, The Gift and The Red Corduroy Shirt, met with critical acclaim. His novel, Gratitude, won a Canadian National Jewish Book Award and the U.S. National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. Kertes's latest novel is called The Afterlife of Stars. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. He is the most recent winner of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.