News Release

For immediate release - March 6, 2014

BookFest Welcomes Canadian Crime Fiction Authors Today!

The Lake County Library System’s 11th annual Lake BookFest, Delicious Reads, welcomes best-selling authors Vicki Delany, CB Forrest and RJ Harlick from the Capital Crime Writers, Ottawa, Canada! Over the past decade, Canadian mystery writers have made a splash on bestseller and award lists around the globe.

Vicki Delany majored in modern history at Carleton University, her interest lies more in the lives of ordinary women and men and the circumstances of their times than 'big men' and their wars. She writes in several different subgenres: standalone novels of suspense, traditional village/police procedural and the lighthearted Klondike Gold Rush series. Her latest release, A Cold White Sun is the 6th in her critically acclaimed Constable Molly Smith series. Vicki is one of Canada’s most varied and prolific crime writers. Her popular Constable Molly Smith series has been optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures.

C.B. Forrest is the author of the critically acclaimed Charlie McKelvey mystery trilogy. Both the first in the series, Slow Recoil, and the second The Weight of Stones, were shortlisted for Best First Novel in the Arthur Ellis Awards. The final novel in the series, The Devil’s Dust, has been called "exceptional" by Publisher's Weekly and "evocative, word-perfect and carefully crafted" by award-winning author Peggy Blair.

R.J. Harlick writes the Meg Harris mystery series, where the wilderness setting plays almost as large a role as the main character. The 4th book, Arctic Blue Death, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. There are currently 5 books in the series, the 6th Silver Totem of Shame is due out in 2014. Harlick is a member of, and former president of Capital Crime Writers and is current president of Crime Writers of Canada.

These authors will be appearing at the BookFest on Thursday, March 13 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. "Northern Exposure: Canadian Crime Fiction" will be held in the Leesburg Public Library. This event will introduce new works and exciting news. Friday, March 14 at 1 p.m. "Across the Border" will be held in the W. T. Bland Public Library. The authors will discuss the differences in the crime genre from a Canadian perspective. Festival goers will have one last chance to meet these authors on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Cooper Memorial Library in a writing workshop on "The Art of Character - Creating Memorable Characters".

All events are FREE thanks to our sponsors. For additional information on the BookFest please check our website:


Media contact:
Judy Buckland
Program Coordinator

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