MOTIVE Mystery & Crime Festival 2024 - Toronto International Festival of Authors

June 7th – 9th, 2024

Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre

Toronto, Ontario


On Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 9th, 2024, the Toronto International Festival of Authors is hosting MOTIVE, an annual literacy festival focused on crime and mystery.

From cozy crime and police procedural to psychological thriller and true crime, MOTIVE brings together the masters of mystery for criminally good conversations, book signings, workshops and more that will keep readers hooked all weekend long.

Taking place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre this three-day weekend festival will explore and celebrate a genre that has inspired some of the world’s most gripping stories from Canada and across the world, including USA, United Kingdom, Finland, Iceland, and Korea. Alongside discovering your next best read, you can participate in true crime workshops and hone your own killer writing instincts in the masterclass programme.

Browse the schedule today!


This will be the third time CWC has attended the event, however we need all of your support to make our CWC hosted events a success!

Members will be responsible for their own transportation, parking, and accommodation expenses.

Paid underground parking is available on-site at 235 Queens Quay West, or above-ground one block west at Rees Street and Queens Quay West. For more detailed directions and parking rates, please visit

To get to Harbourfront Centre via TTC, head southbound on the Yonge-University Line to Union Station, and take the 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina streetcar to the Harbourfront Centre stop.

For participants of the “CWC Author Tent”

CWC will have a tent at the Festival on Saturday & Sunday (from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm) where authors will sell, sign, and discuss their books. Each author is to bring their own books and a method of accepting payment for their books (ie. cash, e-transfer or square device). Authors should try to be available at their table selling their books for a majority of their assigned day. Please arrive by 10:00 am to set up your table.

Our CWC Event Volunteers (Bruce Johnson, Lorne Tepperman, and Rhonda Douglas) will be available to help answer any logistical questions, as well as take photos for posting on your social media accounts on the day of the event.

See this link for the latest info/location of the CWC Author Tent:

Also, read this article “Make an author table that wows!” for some practical tips (if you’ve never hosted your own author table before).

Saturday, June 8th (10:30am to 5pm)

CWC Author Tent Volunteer Co-ordinator (Bruce Johnson)

Sunday, June 9th (10:30am to 5pm)

CWC Author Tent Volunteer Co-ordinator (Lorne Tepperman)

Ann Lambert

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson

Blair Keetch

Alice Fitzpatrick

C. Fitton

Delvin Chatterson

Carolyne Topdjian

Irene Fantopoulos

Danee Wilson

Ivanka Fear

Desmond Ryan

Jim McDonald

Gordon Jones

Joyce Woolcott

Lorna Poplak

Ken Ogilvie

Nate Hendley

Lynne Murphy

Russell Fralich

Rosemary McCracken

Sharon Crawford

Sylvia Warsh

Silva Redigonda

Hyacinthe M. Miller

Susan Goldenberg

Kris Purdy

William Deverell

T. Lawrence Davis

For participants of the “CWC Author Readings”

We will have ten Professional Author Members take to the Festival stage and read from their works. We will have two 30-minute reading events with five authors, reading for five minutes each. Jass Aujla will be open both sessions, and introduce each author with a very short bio. Authors please arrive about ten minutes before the reading event time.

See this link for the latest info/location of the CWC Author Readings:

Also, read this article “15 Tips for Awesome Author Readings” for some helpful and practical tips for all!

Saturday, June 8th (3:00 pm – 3:30 pm)

Sunday, June 9th (2:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

Ann Lambert

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson

John Hill

Delvin Chatterson

Nate Hendley

Ivanka Fear

Susan Goldenberg

Joyce Woolcott

Sydney Leigh

Sylvia Warsh

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And hope you’ll come out and support our first CWC hosted panel at MOTIVE . . .

“Partners in (Fictional) Crime”

(a Crime Writers of Canada panel discussion)

Saturday, June 8th (5:30 pm – 6:30 pm)

Two authors, one book — an intimate conversation about co-author relationships, and the fun and challenges of writing as part of a team.

Moderated by Jass Aujla (author of Next Of Twin),

and joined by panelists Alie & Hejsa Christensen (authors of Stealing John Hancock) and Michael & Zack Urlocker (authors of The Man from Mittelwerk)

For Volunteers supporting our CWC Events

CWC Author Tent Co-ordinators: Your responsibilities will include setting up the tent with the provided tables, chairs, linens and CWC banners; welcoming and supporting the day’s authors; and troubleshooting as required.

CWC Social Media Co-ordinators: Your responsibilities will include chatting with authors, taking photos at the CWC Author Tent, the CWC Author Readings, and the CWC “Partners in (Fictional) Crime” panel discussion, and posting/sharing on CWC social media accounts.

Contact: Jass Aujla (365-341-4203) for any support/questions during festival, June 7th- 9th.

Volunteer Role

Volunteer Name

CWC Author Tent Co-ordinator (Primary: Saturday; Backup: Sunday)

Bruce Johnson

CWC Author Tent Co-ordinator (Primary: Sunday; Backup: Saturday)

Lorne Tepperman

CWC Social Media Co-ordinator (Primary: Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Rhonda Douglas

CWC Social Media Co-ordinator (Back-up: Saturday)

Bruce Johnson

CWC Social Media Co-ordinator (Back-up: Sunday)

Lorne Tepperman