News & Upcoming Appearances

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April 2014

Kitchener Public Library
Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence
2014 Writer-in-Residence: Joy Fielding

Wecome Reception / Meet the Author
Writer's Craft Workshops
Manuscript Appraisals

Welcome Reception / Meet the Author:
Friday, April 4 at 6:30 pm
Victoria Park Pavilion (view map)

Join us as we welcome internationally-bestselling author Joy Fielding as our 2014 Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence. Joy will perform a reading, selected from her favourite books.

Registration begins Monday, February 10.
Click here to register for this program.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Chapters/Indigo.

Writer's Craft Workshops:

The Truth About Fiction
Monday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
Country Hills Community Library (view map)

Joy's first lecture will discuss the place of fiction in today's world and its purpose and accomplishments. She will identify the important differences between fiction and non-fiction, the many genres in fiction and what defines and differentiates them. Learn why, in today's technologically-expanding yet increasingly isolated universe, fiction is more important than ever.

Registration begins Monday, February 10.
Click here to register for this program.

How to Write a Bestseller
Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 pm
Country Hills Community Library (view map)

Everybody wants to. Everybody thinks they can The fact is that very few do. The grim reality is that 99% of all published books sell fewer than 5,000 copies. The truth is that most writers would starve to death on what they earn as writers! How then to explain the phenomenal success of J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, and E.L. James? Let's take a look at what's selling today and why, and the steps you can take to make it happen.

Registration begins Monday, February 10.
Click here to register for this program.

A Writer's Life: The Agony and the Ecstasy
Monday, April 14 at 6:30pm
Country Hills Community Library (view map)

Jackie Collins once said that in order to be a successful author, you have to be prepared to murder all your friends. She's right, and we will discuss why. Joy will discuss the practical side of being a writer, and what being a writer actually means on a day-to-day basis:

– The process of getting an idea and shaping it into a novel.
– The daily routine and grind.
– Waiting for inspiration.
– Writer's block.
– Jealousy. Frustration.
– Dealing with disappointment.
– Dealing with success.

Everything you always wanted to know and some things you didn't!

Registration begins Monday, February 10.
Click here to register for this program.

Getting Published
Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm
Country Hills Community Library (view map)

Okay, you've finally completed your masterpiece and you want the world to see it. Now what?

It used to be as easy as sending your manuscript, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to a publisher and waiting for a response. Those days are long gone. And while, thanks to the Internet, it is easier to get a book published now than ever before, it is also that much harder. Publishing companies are disappearing into mergers or bankruptcy. Editors only want "sure things". Agents are interested only in their 15%. Bookstores are on the brink of extinction. Fewer and fewer books are being published every year. What is a poor writer to do?

Registration begins Monday, February 10.
Click here to register for this program.

Manuscript Appraisals:

The Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence provides one-on-one feedback to aspiring writers. All are welcome to submit a manuscript for appraisal. Joy Fielding will then select and read 40 submissions. Participants whose manuscripts are selected will have an opportunity to meet with Joy to discuss what is working well and what may need further development.

Full details for the submission process will be posted by February 21st.


October 2013

Wednesday, October 2
Read For The Cure
Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent St, Ottawa
at 7 pm     Buy Tickets


September 2013

Sunday, September 22
Word on the Street in Toronto, appearing at two events
12:45pm The Bestseller tent and 3pm at the Random House tent.

Saturday, September 28
Kingston WritersFest 2013
Holiday Inn Waterfront
2 Princess Street, Islandview Room
3pm - 4pm     Buy Tickets

Find Kingston WritersFest on: Facebook & Twitter


June 2013

Joy Fielding's book for adult learners, Home Invasion has been awarded the Golden Oak Award from the Ontario Library Association.


April 2013

Arthur Ellis Award
Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7pm
Indigo in the Manulife Centre (at Bay and Bloor Street)
Toronto, Ontario

Joy fielding will be the main speaker at the nominations of the shortlist for the Arthur Ellis Award on Thursday, April 18th at 7 p.m. at Indigo in the Manulife Centre in Toronto.


March 2013

March 16, 2013 at 11:30am
Harborside Event Center & Centennial Park
Fort Myers, Florida

South Florida Reading Festival

Anyone is welcome to attend.


February 2013

Joy Fielding in the February 2013 edition of Toronto Life: "10 things she can't live without"


15th Annual Book Club Author Tea

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Turner Park Branch
352 Rymal Road East
Hamilton, Ontario

Joy Fielding will read from her latest work, SHADOW CREEK.

Anyone is welcome to attend.


HOME INVASION is one of the nominees for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award.

The Golden Oak is one of the OLA's "Tree Awards". Most of the Tree Awards are for kids' books, but the Golden Oak nominees are kids book that cross over to adult learner readers, or books that are written for adult learners; HOME INVASION is the only adult book on this year's list of nominees. The winner of the Golden Oak is chosen by readers' votes, so adult learners will decide which of the nominees is the winner. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy's adult learners conference in June 2013 and the nominated authors are invited to attend; you'll be hearing more about that later from MTML and/or OLA.


October 2012


Monday, October 15
17:30pm - 18:30pm
Book signing - Book store Panta rhei

Tuesday, October 16
17:00pm - 18:30pm
Book signing - Book store KNIHY DOBROVSKY, Jostova 6

Wednesday, October 17
17:00pm - 18:30pm
Book signing - Book store Palac knih Luxor, Vaclavske nam. 41

Thursday, October 18
17:00pm - 18:30pm
Book signing - Book store, OC Plzeň Plaza
Radcicka 2, Plzen

Monday, October 22
Reading at Justizvollzugsanstalt Sporthalle
(Aldenhofstraue 99-101, 45883 Gelsenkirchen)

Tuesday, October 23
Reading at Justizvollzugsanstalt Sporthalle
(Aldenhofstraue 99-101, 45883 Gelsenkirchen)

The reading is part of the Crime Festival

Wednesday, October 24
Reading at Zeche Westfalen Lohnhalle
(Gluckaufplatz 1, 59229 Ahlen)

Thursday, October 25
Reading at Staatstheater Braunschweig
(Groues Haus)
(Am Theater, 38100 Braunschweig)

The reading is part of the Braunschweig Crime Festival

Friday, October 26
Reading at The Dolder Grand Gallery

The reading is part of the Festival "Zurich liest" 



April 2012

STILL LIFE is currently number 10 on the Dutch bestseller list and THE WILD ZONE is number 1 on the German ebook bestseller list.

Innisfil Public Library
Tuesday, April 24th at 7:00 PM
967 Innisfil Beach Road, Alcona, Ontario

Georgina Libraries in Keswick
Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM
90 Wexford Dr., Keswick, Ontario

Anyone is welcome to attend.



January 2012

Boynton Beach Library, "Brown Bag" luncheon series
Monday, January 23rd at noon
208 S. Seacrest Blvd in Boynton Beach, Florida

Anyone is welcome to attend.



December 2011

Oshawa Public Libraries presents the DarkLit Fest of Durham
McLaughlin Branch Auditorium
Saturday, December 3rd from 10:15 AM to 4:00 PM

Chilling, mesmerizing! Oshawa Public Libraries presents its second annual DarkLit Fest of Durham with New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding as the Guest of Honour. Renowned authors, editors, agents, and publishers gather during this special one-day event to discuss such topics as pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Fans will have opportunities to talk with top names in the mystery, fantasy, and horror genres and to listen to author readings. After the Meet-and-Greet reception, there will be an opportunity to sit down with a publisher or agent to pitch your manuscript! Registration for pitch sessions begins November 7th. There will be book signing and sales as well as door prizes and light refreshments. Free parking. 



November 2011


Canada AM and on CTV News

Monday, November 28 at 8:10 AM


Joy will be there to discuss her short novel HOME INVASION, a book she wrote for Good Reads, for adult learners.



October 2011


Tuesday, October 18th
International Festival of Authors, Ontario
Details to come


Wednesday, October 19th
Read For the Cure
Hotel Arts, 119 - 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

Fundraising Event open to the general public. Hear these three acclaimed authors discussing their lives and work:

- Marina Endicott, author or THE LITTLE SHADOWS (new release) and GOOD TO A FAULT
- Catherine Gildiner, author of AFTER THE FALLS
- Joy Fielding, author of NOW YOU SEE HER

Your ticket includes: copies of the three featured authors' books; the opportunity to hear the authors discuss their work in a large book club-like setting; and, delicious nibbles. A great evening of entertainment for $90, plus tax and service charge. 50% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!  Buy Tickets Online or call



September 2011



Sat. Sept. 24
6:00-8:00 pm

The Word On The Street Halifax VIP Reception 
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water St
Halifax, NS

Sun. Sept 25 
3:00-3:30 pm

The Word On The Street Halifax
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic:
Halifax Magazine Stage

Sun. Sept 25 
4:00-4:30 pm

The Word On The Street Halifax
Nova Scotia Main Stage

Mon. Sept 26
1:00-3:00 pm

Cunard Learning Centre
Cunard Learning Centre
7071 Bayers Road, Suite LL05
Halifax NS

Tues. Sept 27
9:30-11:00 am

Dartmouth Learning Network
Dartmouth Learning Network
260 Wyse Road, Suite 203
Dartmouth, NS 

Tues. Sept. 27
4:45-5:30 pm

TV interview for
Live at 5 CTV
CTV studio
2885 Robie Street,
Halifax , NS

Tues. Sept 27
6:00-8:00 pm

Captain Wm Spry Library Literacy Program
Captain Wm Spry Library Literacy Program 10 Kidston Rd,
Halifax, NS

Wed. Sept 28
1:00-3:00 pm

Halifax North Memorial Library
Halifax North Memorial Library
2285 Gottingen St
Halifax, NS

Wed. Sept 28
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Woodlawn Public Library
Dartmouth NS
Woodlawn Public Library
31 Eisener Blvd.(Eisener & Portland)
Dartmouth NS

Thurs. Sept 29
1:00-3:00 pm

Keshen Goodman Library
Keshen Goodman Library
330 Lacewood Dr.
Halifax, NS



August 9, 2011


Joy Fielding has been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice. You can vote by adding your nomination for Joy Fielding's "Now You See Her" online by August 28, 2011.



August 3, 2011


I recently had the somewhat upsetting and unsettling experience of having one of my book titles usurped by another author. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, but it was the first time it's happened while my book is still very much in the stores. The book in question is NOW YOU SEE HER, the story of a woman who goes on a trip to Ireland and sees the daughter she believed died in a boating mishap several years earlier. At least that's what my NOW YOU SEE HER is about. James Patterson's novel of the same name - which he wrote with Michael Ledwidge - is about a woman who years ago changed her identity to save her life and is now forced to confront her past and the killer she thought she'd escaped. Two different, intriguing ideas, two completely different styles, two identical titles. Ouch!

While there is no copyright on titles, most authors - and their publishers - are at great pains not to duplicate an active title. Obviously, mistakes are made from time to time. I was guilty of this myself several years ago when I titled a book of mine STILL LIFE, not realizing that fellow-Canadian writer Louise Penny had released a book with that very same title several years earlier. I felt terrible, especially after I met Louise, and I apologized repeatedly and profusely. I never would have willingly used another author's title unless the book had been out of print or the public eye for years. Fairly early in my career, I called a novel THE OTHER WOMAN, and learned shortly thereafter that Rona Jaffe had published a book with the same title about a decade earlier. My publishers saw no conflict because of the time lapse. There have since been a number of OTHER WOMEN, both on bookshelves and in movies. When my OTHER WOMAN was recently made into a TV movie - directed by Jason Priestly - the producers decided to distinguish it from all the other OTHER WOMEN out there by calling it "Joy Fielding's THE OTHER WOMAN." I thought that was pretty neat.

This sort of thing happens all the time. In 1981, I published KISS MOMMY GOODBYE. Several months later, another book appeared titled KISS DADDY GOODBYE. Coincidence? Who knows? In 1997, I wrote MISSING PIECES. Years later, this became the title of a TV movie starring James Coburn. In 2003, I wrote a book called LOST. Soon after, a very popular TV series appeared with that same exact title. I have no knowledge if the producers did this deliberately, or if they were even aware of my books, and in any event, there was nothing I could do except shake my head and hope that someone might be persuaded - or fooled - into thinking these projects were in some way connected to my books, and run out to buy a copy.

But it's still upsetting, especially when one spends days, weeks, or even months trying to come up with the perfect title to describe one's book. I do think there should be some sort of amendment to the copyright rule, perhaps a delay of two years before a published title can be used again. In this day and age, when computers can so easily ferret out this type of information, there's really no excuse for this sort of duplication. Surely there are enough original titles to go around. It's undeniably true that any number of writers can come up with the same idea, and also true that if you give a hundred authors the exact same idea, you will still get a hundred very different stories. They just shouldn't all be called the same thing.



May 2011


Thursday, May 26: Joy will be taking part in a charity golf event at the Islington Golf club in Toronto



April 2011


Wednesday, April 27: Joy will be speaking at the Boynton Beach Library, Florida


Tuesday, April 26: Joy will be speaking at the West Palm Beach Library, Florida

Thursday, April 14: Joy will be taking part in a Mysterious Authors Panel discussion at the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, Texas at 2 p.m.



March 2011

March 31 at 4pm EST
Zoomer Magazine Live Webcast

This month's 'Writers Bloc' live interview webcast with Joy Fielding will take place on
Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Zoomer Pick for March 2011: Joy Fielding's 'Now You See Her'
Read More and enter a contest for a chance to win a Kobo e-reader and an exclusive chat with Joy.

March 22 at 9:30am
Joy will be speaking and reading at the Different Drummer Books morning series at the
La Salle
Park Pavilion
50 Northshore Blvd., Burlington, ON
For more information please contact
(905) 639-0925


March 10, Luncheon
Valencia Falls, Florida



February 2011


February 23, 2011 - Joy Fielding and Roberta Rich discuss the writing life, The National Post


February 23, 7:30pm
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront, Toronto
[More Info]

Joy Fielding's new novel Now You See Her will be released February 22, 2011. Pre-order your copy today.


January 2011


Joy Fielding will be appearing at the following locations:


January 20, 2011
Jupiter Public Library, Jupiter, Florida


January 22, 2011
BookMania, Stuart, Florida