From Dietich’s blog- March 1 –
Dietrich: I think Ian Rankin’s words sum it up. And I’m happy that CUFFED is happening here in Vancouver. Alma Lee, the person who brought us the Vancouver International Writers Festival is behind this new event, soit’s sure to be a hit. Along with Alma, we have Lonnie Propas and Susan Ogul and their team to thank for all their hard work in putting this together.
Lonnie Propas: (CUFFED Artistic Director) The short but sweet info on the Festival is: ten events, including nine themed panels and one writers’ seminar led by Linwood Barclay. There will be a total of twenty writers, most from Canada, but one from the U.S. and one from the U.K. The Canadian contingent will make CUFFED one of the largest displays of Canadian crime writing talent ever exhibited. Read More.
Event #10 – Vancouver Noir – Sunday, March 13, 7:00 pm
In case you missed it, Ausma Zehanat Khan joined CBC Radio q guest host, Piya Chattopadhyay, on February 29 to discuss how she fights stereotypes and crime with her Muslim protagonist, Detective Esa Khattak, heads up Canada’s Community Policing Section.
“Author Ausma Zehanat Khan aims to tackle stereotypes about Muslims in popular culture. And she’s chosen an unlikely vehicle of change: the mystery novel.
She’s taken an equally unexpected route to writing, starting out as a lawyer specialising in human rights law, and then serving as editor of a groundbreaking fashion and lifestyle magazine, Muslim Girl.
Her new book is called The Language of Secrets. It’s the second in a series of mystery novels featuring a Muslim-Canadian detective as a lead character.”
Click here to read more and listen to the radio interview.
Join Ausma at two events:
Event #4: New Female Voices In Crime, Saturday March 12, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Event #7: He And She, Sunday March 13, 10:30 to 11:30 am