MOTIVE Crime & Mystery Festival Toronto June 3-5, 2022
Over 60 events and activities, both in-person and online, with a spotlight on Nordic Noir
The is proud to introduce MOTIVE, presented by Kobo Plus, Canada’s newest and largest crime and mystery writing festival, from June 3–5, 2022. MOTIVE will be at Harbourfront Centre and marks TIFA’s return to in-person programming after two years of digital presentations. The inaugural edition of MOTIVE features nearly 100 authors from Canada and worldwide, with over 40 ticketed events, 13 free digital events, and free outdoor events and activities all weekend long. Tickets are now on sale online and through the .
Two acclaimed Icelandic authors will be featured as part of the MOTIVE Festival, Lilja Sigurðardóttir, and Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. Interestingly, both women are from the small town of Akranes—about 30 minutes from Reykjavík.
Lilja Sigurðardóttir is the author of novels, stage plays, and screenplays. Lilja´s latest book, White as Snow (Náhvít jörð) is the third in a series of thrillers featuring financial investigator Áróra and police detective Daníel, published in Iceland in October 2021 by Forlagid publishing.
In 2018, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir was the recipient of the Blackbird Award, a crime-writing prize hosted by prolific Iceland authors Yrsa Sigurdardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson, for her debut novel Marrid Í Stiganum (The Creak on the Stairs), which was published in Spring 2020 by Orenda Books.
TIFA inspires and connects through the art of stories, offering book lovers a breadth of bold, ambitious, and accessible literary experiences. As Canada’s largest literary festival, the charitable organization provides engaging opportunities to meet, hear and learn from the world’s best authors and artists across the range of literary genres and to celebrate the power of stories.
These events are presented with support from the Icelandic Literature Centre, as well as Nordic Bridges and Harbourfront Centre.
(L to R) Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Nordic Bridges at Harbourfront Centre, & Eva Björg Ægisdóttir (Photo: Leifur Wilberg)
Sisters in Search: Kellye Garrett & Lilja Sigurðardóttir
American author Kellye Garrett (Like a Sister) and Icelandic author (Cold As Hell, translated by Quentin Bates) salute sisterhood in their twisty and character-driven new crime novels. Garrett introduces a new representation for Black heroines with Lena Scott, a witty woman on a mission to discover who murdered her TV-star sister. Winner of Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, Sigurðardóttir launches a new series featuring Áróra, a woman returning home to Iceland in search of her estranged and missing sister, who uncovers unimaginable dark places and revelries along the way. Interviewer:
Girls Lie, Mothers Don’t: Katixa Agirre & Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
Basque author Katixa Agirre and Icelandic author Eva Björg Ægisdóttir will explore how the genre of crime fiction can address damaging stereotypes about women and motherhood, as demonstrated in their latest crime novels. Agirre seamlessly weaves the elements of a traditional thriller into a powerful reflection on the relationship between motherhood and creativity in her latest novel, Mothers Don’t (translated by Katie Whittemore, Kristin Addis). The novel is told through the lens of a pregnant writer who becomes obsessed with a woman who committed a heinous double infanticide. Layering past and present tragedies involving two troubled new mothers, Ægisdóttir has crafted a chilling second installment in her popular Forbidden Iceland series, titled Girls Who Lie (translated by Victoria Cribb). Interviewer:
Ticket prices: $16.50 – Regular; $12.50 – Youth; or Get the All-Access Pass
The event will be from 11:30 AM –12:15 PM and be followed by a book signing.