eh List: Ian Hamilton

April 10, 2017 | TPL Staff

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You are invited to join us on Monday, April 24 at 7 pm, in Beeton Hall at Toronto Reference Library, for The Mafia, Triads and Ava Lee with Ian Hamilton. Ian Hamilton, a former journalist, diplomat and entrepreneur, is the best-selling author of ten novels in the Ava Lee mystery series, currently being adapted for television. He is appearing as part of the spring 2017 eh List Author Series, Toronto Public Library’s celebration of writers from across Canada. He will be introducing us to his most recent work, The Couturier of Milan, the latest installment in the Ava Lee series, followed by an interview with Nino Ricci

         Lives of the Saints   
In a Glass House 2 Where She Has Gone 2


Ricci is an internationally acclaimed author, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction (for his first novel, Lives of the Saints, and The Origin of Species). With In a Glass House and Where She Has Gone, he continued the trilogy which began with Lives of the Saints. He followed these with Testament, winner of the Trillium Award, and Sleep, which won him his second Canadian Authors Award for Fiction. Among Ricci’s other awards is the Alistair MacLeod Award for Literary Achievement, and the Engel/Findley Award for a Writer in Mid-Career. He is a past President of PEN Canada, has served as Writer in Residence for Toronto Public Library, has an honorary doctorate from the University of Windsor, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2011. Born in Leamington, Ontario, Ricci lives in Toronto with his wife, writer Erika de Vasconcelos, and their children.

The Couturier of Milan

Named by BBC Culture as “one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last 30 years that should be on your bookshelf”, Hamilton has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize. He has written for Macleans and Saturday Night. His first book was nonfiction, The Children's Crusade, and it was chosen as the Canadian Book of the Month Club Main Selection. Forty years later, the first in the Ava Lee series, The Water Rat of Wanchai, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by, the Toronto Star and Quill & Quire


 The Dragon Head of Hong Kong The Water Rat Of Wanchai The Disciple of Las Vegas The Wild Beasts of Wuhan The Red Pole of Macau The Scottish Banker of Surabaya     

 The Two Sisters of Borneo The King of Shanghai The Princeling of Nanjing

Born in Wales and educated in Scotland and Canada, Hamilton began his career as a journalist in Saskatchewan and Alberta. He later worked for the federal government and then left that for business. While his work took him around the world, he now lives in Burlington. He is married, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

We send thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of the eh List series, as well as our media partner, the Toronto Star.

Please come back to the Toronto Reference Library on May 8 to meet Elise Levine; and finally, on Thursday, June 22 to meet Andrew Pyper.

You can find out more about the spring eh List Author Series on our What's On blog, or follow the conversation online using the hashtag: #ehList.