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Monday, May 2, 2016

CrimeFest Convention in Bristol, England

If you live near Bristol in the United Kingdom, plan to attend CrimeFest, held this year between  May 19 – 22. 

“First organised in June 2008, CrimeFest is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. It has not only become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but is also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar. The annual convention was featured as one of ‘the best crime writing festivals around the world’ in the Guardian and one of ‘the 50 Best Festivals’ in The Independent. CrimeFest draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere” (

A recent article in Quill and Quire referred to this event, mentioning the three Canadian authors shortlisted for awards at this annual crime-fiction convention:
American-born Canadian thriller writer Linwood Barclay was nominated for his latest suspense novel, Broken Promise, the first in a trilogy.
Canadian-born, London-based historian and author Judith Flanders was nominated for A Bed of Scorpions, the second titled in her Sam Clair series.
And Toronto native Alan Bradley was named a finalist for the latest installment of his Flavia de Luce mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (

For a complete list of authors shortlisted, see