Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 1:00 PM
Author appearance, Round table: IFOA

Studio Theatre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: $18/$15 supporters/FREE students & youth 25 and under

Can horror be literary? Join novelists Edgar CanteroAlexandra GrigorescuAndrew Pyper and Robert J. Wiersema as they discuss blurring the lines between commercial horror and literary fiction in their latest works. Author James Grainger will moderate and participate.


  • Edgar Cantero

    Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona. In 2007 he joined the often-trialed satirical magazine El Jueves and published his debut novel, Dormir amb Winona Ryder (Sleeping with Winona Ryder). It was followed by the punk dystopian thriller Vallvi in 2011. His material ranges from short stories to scripts in Catalan, Spanish or English. It often features girls kissing, stuff exploding and ill-timed jokes. Cantero presents his first novel in English, The Supernatural Enhancements, a dazzling and original supernatural adventure featuring classic horror elements with a Neil Gaiman-ish twist.  Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

  • James Grainger

    James Grainger’s debut collection of stories, The Long Slide, was the winner of the ReLit Award for Short Fiction. His reviews and articles have appeared in the Toronto Star, Quill & Quire, The Globe and MailElle CanadaMen’s FashionSharp and Rue Morgue. He presents his first novel, Harmless. Set over the course of a single day and night, it is a tense, provocative and psychologically astute tale about a weekend reunion of old friends that takes a terrifying turn. The film rights to Harmless were recently acquired by award-winning Canadian director Atom Egoyan.

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    Alexandra Grigorescu

    Alexandra Grigorescu's first novel Cauchemar (ECW Press, 2015) was selected as the Editors' Canadian Spotlight for March 2015 and nominated for a 2016 Sunburst Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from U of T and lives in Toronto.

  • Pyper, Andrew

    Andrew Pyper

    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.

  • Robert J. Wiersema

    Robert J. Wiersema is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a reviewer who contributes regularly to several national newspapers. He is the bestselling author of two novels, Before I Wake and Bedtime Story, and a non-fiction book about Bruce Springsteen, Walk Like a Man. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Wiersema presents his latest, Black Feathers, a gripping, genre-bending novel about a 16-year-old runaway living alone on the streets of Victoria when the city is rocked by the news that a number of young prostitutes have been murdered.