We are pleased to have crime novelist and poet J. D. Carpenter, known as David, with us today. David grew up in Toronto, earned degrees at York University and Queen’s University, taught high school English for 25 years at Leaside High School in Toronto, and ran the Special Education programme for 14 of those years. David began his writing career as a poet but in 2001 he turned to writing fiction, primarily murder mysteries. He and his wife Karen live in Prince Edward County. Between them they have five children and eight grandchildren.