Some of today’s top writers explore society’s obsession with contagion and mass infection, and discuss writing them into their fiction. Andrew Pyper hosts and moderates.
Nick Cutter is the nationally bestselling author of The Troop and a pseudonym for author Craig Davidson, an acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto. Cutter presents The Deep, a terrifying new novel about a strange plague called the ‘Gets that is decimating humanity on a global scale.
Charles Foran is an award-winning journalist and the author of 10 books, including four previous novels. His biography Mordecai: The Life and Times won the RBC Taylor Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Nonfiction and the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award. Foran presents Planet Lolita. Told in the voice of a bi-racial girl and the language of social media, it is a riveting novel of desires and consequences in the unfolding digital age in Hong Kong.
Andrew Pyper is the award-winning author of seven internationally bestselling novels. His previous novel, The Demonologist, a #1 bestseller in Canada and Brazil among other territories, is being developed by ImageMovers and Universal Pictures, and is the winner of the 2013 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel. Among his earlier novels, Lost Girls won the Arthur Ellis Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and appeared on both the New York Times and Times (UK) bestseller lists. Each year he teaches an intensive course in creative writing at Colorado College.
Louise Welsh is the author of six highly acclaimed novels, including The Cutting Room and The Girl on the Stairs. She has been the recipient of the John Creasy Memorial Dagger and the Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award, among others. She has also produced many short stories and articles, and written for radio and the stage, including a libretto for opera. Welsh presents A Lovely Way to Burn, the first novel in the Plague Times trilogy. This chilling, tense and utterly compelling thriller chronicles the sweep of "The Sweats" pandemic.