Ace MurderKeepsNoCalendar

Cathy Ace, Murder Keeps No Calendar, Four Tails Publishing Ltd.

Twelve 'killer' tales, each connected with one month of the year. Readers of Ace's two series will finally discover how Cait Morgan met Bud Anderson, and how the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency got together.

Barclay PartingShot

Linwood Barclay, Parting Shot, Doubleday Canada

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, standalone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

Duncan MuchAdoAboutMurder

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Much Ado About Murder, Crooked Lane

Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Danna Lament

Jen J. Danna, Lament The Common Bones, Jen Danna

Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell doesn’t go looking for death. But when one of Matt’s students suspects the skeleton hanging in a research lab is actually from a murder victim...

Delany HarktheHerald

Vicki Delany, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, Penguin Random House

Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas.

Dube ForsakenMan

Marcelle Dubé, The Forsaken Man, Falcon Ridge Publishing

It’s been a hard winter and Chief of Police Kate Williams longs for a quiet Spring. What does she get instead? The theft of valuable bull semen from the local vet and increasingly dangerous vandalism at a construction site.

Bruce GhostWriter

Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, Imajin Books

Jen has to deal with two kinds of spooks: spies and ghosts. But which one is trying to kill her?

Kong ToxicCraft

Debra Purdy Kong, A Toxic Craft, Imajin Books

Who knew that the elderly knitters at a Christmas craft fair would take their rivalry so far that someone could die?

Arnold PowerStruggle

Carolyn Arnold, Power Struggle, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Detective Madison Knight investigates the murder of the man who killed her grandfather, and she fears the Russian Mafia is behind it.

Kent FoldedDreams

Michael Kent, Folded Dreams, Mezzo Publications Inc.

It’s bad publicity for the city when the businesswoman of the year is murdered execution style. Officials want the case solved fast.

White LullabyGirl

Loreth Anne White, The Lullaby Girl, Montlake

Detective Angie Pallorino's past made her a cop. Now her past could kill her. Book 2 in the Angie Pallorino Series, a gritty, northern noir procedural set on Vancouver Island.

Kerr Framed

Wayne Kerr, Framed, Imajin Books

After surviving ten years in prison for a murder she didn't commit, former homicide detective Reggie Swann, wants to return to her old life.

Wilkshire Moscow

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn Press

In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity.

Past Chairs and Presidents

Past Chairs of CWC (Title changed 2014)

(June to June each year.)

2015-2016: Vicki Delany

2014-2015: Vicki Delany

Past Presidents of CWC

(June-June each year)

2013-2014: RJ Harlick

2012-2013: RJ Harlick

2011-2012: Garry Ryan

2010-2011: Cathy Astolfo

2009-2010: Kay Stewart

2008-2009: Kay Stewart

2007-2008: Michael Blair

2006-2007: Rick Blechta

2005-2006: Rick Blechta

2004-2005: Barbara Fradkin

2003-2004: Maureen Jennings

2002-2003: Mary Jane Maffini

2001-2002: Mary Jane Maffini

2000-2001: Nora Kelly

1999-2000: James Dubro

1998-1999: Peter Sellers

1997-1998: Peter Robinson

1996-1997: Peter Robinson

1995-1996: Laurence Gough

1994-1995: James Dubro

1993-1994: John Lawrence Reynolds

1992-1993: LR Wright

1991-1992: Alison Gordon

1990-1991: Alison Gordon

1989-1990: Medora Sale

1988-1989: Peter Sellers

1987-1988: Ted Wood

1986-1987: Howard Engel

1985-1986: William Gough and Anna Sandor

1984-1985: Eric Wright

1983-1984: Tony Aspler

1982-1983: Tony Aspler

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Who We Are

We are the national professional association 
for mystery and crime writers in Canada.

Mandate

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

What is Crime Writing?

The field of Crime Writing is a broad category that includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. Cross-over tales such as romantic suspense and speculative thrillers are also considered part of the genre. In broader terms, it includes any work of fact or fiction that features crime or mystery as a central element.

Our history

Crime Writers of Canada was established as a professional organization in June 1982 by Derrick Murdoch, the Globe and Mail’s crime fiction reviewer at the time, and other writers interested in the quality of Canadian mystery and crime writing. The following year the Canadian National Arthur Ellis (AE) Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing were launched.  A special annual Derrick Murdoch Award, in the gift of the Board Chair, was created in honour of Derrick Murdoch’s inspired creation of CWC.

In 2005, a written constitution formalized the rules and principles of CWC, and in 2006 the organization was federally incorporated as a non-profit corporation by the Canadian Ministry of Industry.

As a non-profit organization, our activities are made possible by hard-working volunteers and committees. Our activities have two main goals: author promotion and professional development.

Board of Directors 2017 - 2018 (June – June) 

Executive Officers:

Chair:  Cathy Ace, BC/Yukon/NWT

Vice Chair: Mike Martin, Ottawa/EO

Past-Chair:  Vicki Delany, ON
Click here for a full list of past Chairs/Presidents.

Treasurer: Ryan Aldred, Ottawa/EO

Directors:

Merrilee Robson, BC/Yukon/NWT

Cara Loverock, BC/Yukon/NWT

David Poulsen, Prairies

Kevin Thornton, Prairies

Judy Penz Sheluk, Toronto/SO

John Simpson, Toronto/SO

Ryan Aldred, Ottawa/EO

Hilary MacLeod, QC/Atlantic

Regional Representatives:

BC/Yukon/NWT: Merrilee Robson

Prairies: David Poulsen

Toronto/SO: Judy Penz Sheluk

Ottawa/EO: Mike Martin

QC/AtlanticHilary MacLeod

 

Staff

Executive Director: Alison Bruce

Assistant Executive Director: Ludvica Boota

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