Y.S. (Ying) Lee burst onto the young adult writing scene with a gripping new mystery series–The Agency. The first two books have been translated into seven languages and shortlisted for the Agatha Award and the Ontario Library Association’s Red Maple Award. A Spy in the House won the inaugural John Spray Mystery Award for Young People.

With a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture, Ying draws on her academic expertise to create the rich historical backdrop for her lively, tightly wound novels. Scrappy young heroine, Mary Quinn–orphan, thief, and undercover agent–lives in 1850s London, in all its grime and glory, and solves crimes with the help of her more socially acceptable associate, James Easton. The third novel in the quartet, The Traitor in the Tunnel, takes Mary to Buckingham Palace and was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book. Rivals in the City, the final book in the Agency series was released in 2015.

Born in Singapore and raised in Vancouver and Toronto, Ying now lives in Kingston with her husband and children, and is an alumna of Kingston WritersFest.

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Website: yslee.com

Past Festival Appearances

2020: 6. #MeToo: Reclaiming Women’s Power By Outing Rape Culture
2019: 7. Without Apology: YA Fiction, 46. Lady Franklin Writes: Where Historians Dare Not Go
2016: 12. Two Worlds: Who Am I When Cultures Clash?