Although most of the news coming out of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been horrifying, there are a few bright spots, like Murder by the Book, the mystery bookstore that opened its doors to offer free coffee and charging stations to those in need. In an email, the bookstore said it would provide Wi-Fi and restrooms to Houston-area residents who lost power during the hurricane. Simon and Schuster also announced they were donating 250 “Best of” titles to help restore collections for any Texas public or school library damaged by Harvey. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is also working with local officials to donate 25,000 new books and educational resources to children displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and Scholastic Books will have a similar effort and make donations to affected teachers and schools and the American Red Cross. And here is some information on how you can help Harvey victims in various ways.
This year's Davitt Award winners from Sisters in Crime Australia for crime writing by Australian women were just announced and include: Best Adult Novel: Jane Harper for The Dry; YA Novel: Shivaun Plozza for Frankie; Childrens Novel: Judith Rossell for Wormwood Mire; Nonfiction, Megan Norris for Look What You Made Me do: Fathers Who Kill; and Debut Novel: Cath Ferla for Ghost Girls.
The Falchion Awards were also handed out at the recent Killer Nashville conference. Winner for the Silver Falchion for Best Fiction Adult Mystery was Fighting for Anna, by Pamela Fagan Hutchins; Silver Falchion Best Fiction Adult Thriller: Clawback, by J.A. Jance; Silver Falchion Award: Best Fiction Action/Adventure, The Medinandi License, by Randall Reneau; Silver Falchion Best Fiction Adult Suspense: Waking Up in Medellin, by Kathryn Lane; Silver Falchion Best Fiction Adult Anthology/Collection: Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now, by Michael Guillebeau. In addition, Max Allan Collins was given the John Seigenthaler Legends Award and Richard Helms received this year’s Magnolia Award, the highest honor presented by the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA), given in recognition of service to the organization. For all the finalists, head on over to the conference website.
A shortlist has been released for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year, with the winner to be announced September 8. The honorees include Out of Bounds by Val McDermid; The Long Drop by Denise Mina; The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid by Craig Russell; Murderabilia by Craig Robertson; and How to Kill Friends and Implicate People by Jay Stringer.
Grab your favorite public radio tote bag and join NPR journalists at the 17th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival this Saturday, September 2. More than 100 authors, illustrators and poets will be gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for a full day of Q&A sessions, special programs and family friendly activities, and NPR hosts and journalists will lead book chats with writers in a wide range of genres and topics including Don Winslow with NPR's Maureen Corrigan and Megan Abbott with NPR's Elizabeth Blair. Other crime fiction authors who will be participating on the Thrillers & Fantasy Stage include Karin Slaughter, Scott Turow, and Jenny Rogneby. JD Vance and David Baldacci will also be featured during the festival on the Main Stage. For the complete schedule, head on over to the LOC festival page.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 William F. Deeck - Malice Domestic Grants Program, which is designed to foster quality Malice Domestic literature and to assist mystery authors on their path to publication. The Grant includes a $2,500 award and a comprehensive registration to Malice 30 (April 27-29, 2018), including a two night stay in the convention hotel. The deadline to submit your work for consideration is November 1, 2017. For more information on the Grants Program and details about submitting, visit their website or contact Harriette Sackler, Malice's Grants Chair, at MaliceGrants@comcast.net.
In honor of Friday's opening of "Noir City: Chicago," the weeklong festival of film noir presented by Music Box and the Film Noir Foundation, The Chicago Reader analyzed how the long-running TV cop series Dragnet became a PR coup for law enforcement.
The Sleuth Sayers blog welcomed the 2017 Macavity Award Short Story Nominees to talk about their stories and inspiration for their writing.
Bookstore chain WHSmith compiled a listing on its blog of "13 Fierce Female Detectives Every Crime Fiction Fan Should Read."
Fancy a fun way to organize your book reading? Try a "bookish merit badge."
This week's crime poem at the 5-2 is "The Last Pair 1844" by Resa Mestel.
Two connoisseurs of spycraft, John le Carré, the master of spy fiction, and Ben Macintyre, the author of a number of riveting nonfiction books on World War- and Cold War-era espionage, sat down with the New York Times' Sarah Lyall to talk about the ongoing fascination with moles and double-crossers.
Otherwise in the Q&A roundup, Matt Hilton, the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, and the Tess Grey and Po Villere thrillers, takes Paul D. Brazill's "Short, Sharp Interview" challenge; the MysteryPeople held a Q&A with Riley Sagar about his book The Final Girls; The Crime Warp chatted with Katharine Johnson, author of psychological thriller The Silence; and Criminal Element welcomed debut author Roger Johns about his new novel, Dark River Rising.