Another week, another award! The winner the 2013 Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award winner is Mike Lawson for House Blood. You can find the other finalists via this link (which includes 11 total this year due to ties). Friends of Mystery is a non-profit literary/educational organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to promoting educational study in all realms related to mystery
The British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel this year was handed out to author Adam Roberts for his space-set riff on golden-age detective fiction titled Jack Glass. The book "plays on the tropes of classic science fiction and crime fiction, such as the locked room mystery, with the story of a serial murderer living in a future solar system where Earth is only inhabited by the rich."
Crime Fiction Lover blog has a special report from Lyon's Quais du Polar crime fiction festival, which is also one of the world's largest such events, with 60,000 crime fiction lovers in one place. At the festival, Athens-based author Petros Markaris was honored with the 2013 Quais du Polar Festival Award.
If you're not familiar with the magazine Shock Totem, now is a good week to get acquainted. The 'zine is offering free downloads of issues for the Kindle, with a different free issue every day this week. (Hat tip to Sandra Seamans via her blog.)
Each year, the Writers Police Academy sponsors the "Golden Donut" short story contest, and anyone can participate, not just conference attendees. There are two main stipulations - the story must be exactly 200 words, and it must be inspired by the photo on the contest information website. There *is* an entry fee, but all proceeds go to the Writers' Police Academy fund to benefit the GTCC criminal justice foundation.
This week's Q&A roundup includes a "short sharp interview" with Steve Weddle, editor of the wonderful magazine Needle: A Magazine of Noir (via Paul D. Brazill's blog); and Mo Hayder discusses her latest Jack Caffery novel, Poppet.
From the Double O Section blog comes word about a book that was news to both of us: James Bond in verse! Canadian poet Kimmy Beach has concocted an epic poem about 007 entitled The Last Temptation of Bond, published by the University of Alberta Press.
The Atlantic offers up "10 (wacky and wonderful) Chair Designs for People Who Really Love Their Books."
Finally, we offer up a sad but fond farewell to fellow crime fiction blog, Murderati. The authors involved will continue to work on their own projects, of course, and they will continue to have a collective Murderati Facebook page.