Tess Gerritsen is the recipient of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance inaugural CrimeMaster Award for Distinguished Achievement, to be presented this Friday, April 21, on the eve of the 2017 Maine Crime Wave in Portland. Gerritsen's books have been published in 40 countries, sold more than 30 million copies, and the hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles is based on her suspense novels.
The longlist for the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of The Year was released, with 18 authors/books in the running. The shortlist for the award, which celebrates the very best in crime fiction by UK and Irish crime authors, will be announced May 20 and the winner (selected by judges and online voting) anointed July 20 during the Theakston Festival in Harrogate, England.
Also announced recently were the five finalists for the 2017 Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award), an annual Canadian honor that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries. The winner will be crowned during the Bony Blithe Mini-Con and Award Gala to be held in Toronto on May 26.
The Del Sol Press 2017 First Novel competition is open for entries, which will be considered by guest judge Hallie Ephron. The contest is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres can include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women's fiction, and unique experimental work. The winner receives a $1,500 honorarium and book publication by Del Sol Press, and finalist manuscripts will also be considered for publication.
On June 30 in South Melbourne, Australia, Sisters in Crime will sponsor a panel on "Nordic Noir: the new cool," including Australia’s Queen of Noir, Leigh Redhead; Swedish translator Hanna Lofgren; author Janice Simpson; and Sue Turnbull, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Wollongong.
Sisters in Crime U.S. has begun accepting submissions for the 2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. Honoring the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland, the award offers a $1,500 grant to an emerging writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work. This year’s application and more information can be found via the official SinC contest link.
The Library Journal's spotlight on recent mystery novels featured new books from authors beyond the grave, as well as some career switches, and an increasingly multicultural slate of crime protagonists and themes.
Speaking of all things library, if you haven't heard of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto or made a pilgrimage, you should definitely put it on your bucket list.
Raymond Chandler allegedly once gave J. Edgar Hoover a snub that may have led the iconic FBI head to investigate the author, but as Ron Capshaw notes for the Daily Beast, although most people would be intimated, the creator of Philip Marlow was made of "tougher stuff."
New York Times columnist Radhika Jones sings the praises of Agatha Christie's detectives - not Hercule Poirot nor Miss Marple but rather Dame Agatha's "accidental sleuths."
The Guardian spoke with author Donna Leon on the 25th anniversary of her first Commissario Brunetti crime novel about how she is responding to dark times and why she became an eco-detective writer.
The Guardian also put the spotlight on the humble fly, often the first visitors to a murder scene, and how studying their grisly dining habits can reveal vital clues to help catch the killer. The article notes that the practice of forensic entomology dates all the way back to China in 1235.
This week, the 5-2 continues its "30 Days of the Five-Two" poetry blog tour with "Judgment Day" by Nancy Scott, by "No Title (On Purpose)," by Matt Kolbet, and "The Intruder," by David R. Slavitt.
In the Q&A roundup, Terri Bischoff, with the blog Hey, There's a Dead Guy in My Living Room, posed five questions to author Catriona McPherson; Slate pinned down Baltimore-based writer Laura Lippman to discuss her writing process and her relationship to the city; the Seattle Times spoke with Ann Cleeves on her literary career and the birth of the BBC mystery series Vera; the blog Chat About Books snagged Paul Harrison, a former police officer turned true crime author who has just released his first crime novel; Margaret Fenton was the guest at The Writers Life, discussing her latest book, Little Girl Gone; Alex Segura spoke with the Huffington Post about his latest Pete Fernandez novel, Dangerous Ends; and the Sleuthsayers welcomed Gerald So, author, editor, publisher, and a proponent of short crime writing forms, both stories and poetry.