Mystery Writers of America announced the 2013 Edgar Award nominations last week, including Best Novel nods for The Lost Ones by Ace Atkins, The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman, Sunset by Al Lamanda, Live by Night by Dennis Lehane, and All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley.
The Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego is sponsoring a Noir at the Bar event on January 31 with readings, authors, and adult beverages at the Players Sports Bar. Featured authors will include Eric Beetner, Aaron Philip Clark, Ed LaValle, Steve Willard, and Justin Robinson.
Mysterious Press and Open Road Media are releasing twelve of James M. Cain's later works as eBooks. Cain is considered a founding father of hardboiled and noir fiction, including works such as The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. Among the new eBook reissues are The Moth, a sweeping tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of beauty during the Great Depression; The Magician's Wife, about a love triangle that turns fatal when a life insurance policy holds the promise of financial freedom; and Past All Dishonor, which tells the story of a Confederate spy who risks his life to win the heart of a fallen woman.
February 15 is the deadline for the Jeffrey Archer Short Story Challenge sponsored by Kobo and Curtis Brown Creative. Send in your 100-word short in any genre of fiction, and you may win the grand prize of free enrolment in an upcoming Curtis Brown online novel writing course.
The Al Blanchard short story contest is also coming up relatively soon, with a deadline of April 30. The annual competition is sponsored by the Crime Bake Conference, although you don't have to be attending the conference to submit a story. In fact, the winner will receive free admission to the conference, among other prizes. Stories should be unpublished, no more than 5,000 words, and either by a New England author or have a New England setting.
The Q&A roundup this week includes Ian Rankin, chatting with the Wall Street Journal about bringing his popular literary creation, detective John Rebus, back to print. Also, Crimespree has been hosting a series of entertaining interviews with various authors—in Lego! The latest victim guest is Sean Chercover.
The Guardian's monthly calendar series, Poster Poems, is taking on crime and criminality. After a look at "hard-boiled" poets (François Villon and poetry from Carl Sandburg, Robert Browning, Amiri Baraka, Kenneth Patchen, Etheridge Knight, Denise Levertov, as well as prisoner-poet Richard Lovelace), readers are challenged to post their own poetic takes on all things crime in the comments.
And finally, if you love all things medical and forensic, British medical illustrator Emily Evans has created dinner plates using slides of microscopic views of real human tissues.