Entries by David Albertyn

Debut Author at ThrillerFest

This was my first time attending ThrillerFest, the annual conference of thriller writers held in New York City, created by the International Thriller Writers organization, of which I’m a member. As my book was released in the year leading up to this conference, I was part of the Debut Authors panel, and was given the opportunity […]

Undercard Review from the Minerva Reader

This sharp review succinctly captures so much of Undercard, especially its visceral intensity. From The Minerva Reader: A visceral no-holds-barred novel that’s as tight and strong as the bodies that populate it. The book grabs you from the get-go, it’s a compelling, character-driven tough-guy revenge story about life’s disappointments and the self-acceptance of being a […]

A Great Profile on My Background and How Undercard Came to Be

This profile over at CJN gives great detail on my background, and how some of the things that I was exposed to growing up helped shape the themes and focuses of Undercard. Here’s an excerpt from the article: For Albertyn, blending sport and literature has been decades in the making. He started writing short stories […]

My Favourite Interview Yet

This podcast interview with Njoroge Mungai is much longer than any of the interviews I’ve done to this point, and in a relaxed atmosphere with great questions, I was able to go into considerable depth on how Undercard came to be, my writing process, and how my writing career developed. It was a really enjoyable […]

The Sweet Science of Storytelling

This review of my novel, Undercard, is the kind of reception you dream of when you’re writing the book. “Colourfully descriptive with a charm that persists throughout, Undercard brings new life to a genre of storytelling that’s popularity has seen peaks and valleys… We’ve never seen a boxing story quite like this one… But Undercard […]

The Event I Was Born For

So excited to be participating in this event by First Book Canada. Raising money to provide books for young people. Racquet sports, books, and social outreach, this event was made for me. You can find out more about Pongapalooza here.

My First Ever Review and It’s One to Remember

The Globe and Mail reviewed Undercard along with five other thrillers in this article. What was thrilling for me was seeing my name and book in the paper. I would’ve been excited enough about that, but for the review to be so favourable, it was a special moment. “Albertyn is a writer to watch.” To […]

My First TV Interview: The Morning Show

It was definitely exciting when I learned that I was going to be on Global’s The Morning Show. The experience reminded me of the first time going on a ski lift. My publicist and I are waiting in the wings, the broadcast cuts to commercial, and I’m led out onto the set to meet the […]

Not Everyday You See Yourself on a Billboard

I was very grateful to be featured in Humber College’s ad campaign on university campuses across southern Ontario. These billboards promoted Humber’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA), which includes the Humber School for Writers, where I developed Undercard. When they asked me to do a photo shoot, I was told it was for […]

The Press Release that Screen Rights had Been Sold!

This is House of Anansi’s press release letting everyone know that the screen rights of Undercard were sold to the award-winning production company Shaftesbury. The release also details which publishing rights of Undercard have been sold. Shaftesbury has acquired screen rights for Undercard the debut novel by Toronto based author David Albertyn. House of Anansi […]