Following the latest night at WordFest so far, it was time to get up, a little too early, to head over to the Kinnear Centre to hear three crime writers discuss their craft at Crime Scenes. It would be the first event of WordFest’s last day. Present were Ian Hamilton, Stuart MacBride and Robin Spano. The talk was taking place on the 3rd floor, in a room whose view looks West down the valley toward the mountains. In one word, it’s spectacular.
I was quite curious to hear Scottish author Stuart MacBride talk. I haven’t read any of his books, but I spent quite a bit of time talking to him in the hospitality suite, both in Calgary and here in Banff. Both times, I was left with a pain in my side from laughing so hard. Not only is he a genuine character with a great sense of humor, but he also has a rather thick accent, which only adds to my enjoyment of hearing him speak.
Of course I wouldn’t expect any antics at a book reading. This was a serious discussion about gritty crime novels that feature murder and intrigue. Speaking third, MacBride took to the stage, and immediately had the audience laughing out loud. When I attended my first WordFest event this week, ‘Lunch with Will Ferguson,’ I remember thinking that it would probably receive more laughs than any other event. I guess I was wrong. And I certainly wouldn’t have predicted it be the session on crime novels that would generate so many laughs.
The event began with an intro by host and author Trevor Ferguson/John Farrow, followed by a reading from each featured author. First off was Ian Hamilton reading from his new book, The Disciple of Las Vegas. Then it was Robin Spano read her book, Death Plays Poker, and then finished up with Stuart MacBride reading from a yet to be released book.
Following the readings there was a great discussion about the authors, their books, and the genre. Audience participation usually works well, assuming you have a good set of questions being asked. This event featured some particularly good questions, some of the best I’ve heard all week, and as a result the audience was also treated to some great answers.
The final day continues with ‘The Satirists’ this afternoon, and then the last event, Curtain Call. But first, it’s time to go to The Banff Centre’s restaurant, Vistas, perched on the side of Tunnel Mountain, which is supposed to offer yet another spectacular view.
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