Tuesday, June 7, 2011


This year the combined ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD DINNER / BLOODY WORDS CONVENTION was held in Victoria, British Columbia, a beautiful seaside town.

As usual, I was roped into presenting the Arthur Ellis Prize for the best French Mystery Novel of the year. I took advantage of the situation by practicing my Franglais, a combination of English and French, the nuances of which only Quebecers can really understand.

We were honored to have Lison Lescarbeau with us this year. She’s the ‘Directrice’ of Quebecor Media’s Groupe Librex and oversees the publishing of books through five imprints: Libre Expression, Trécarré, Stanké, Les Éditions Logiques and Les Éditions Publistar. Two of the five finalists came from her stable!

My major contribution, however, was not the Franglais, but a 90 minute information session on MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORISM, which I had to prepare and deliver on a couple of hours’ notice as a pinch-hitter. (A work-shop leader became ill at the last moment).