Tonight at at the Tiger Tiger nightspot in the Haymarket, London, the British Crime Writers Association (CWA) will announce the International Dagger, Short Story Dagger, Dagger in the Library, and Debut Dagger awards. Also at the reception, the shortlists for the Gold John Creasey (New Blood), and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers will be announced, with the winners handed out later this year.
If you head farther south, to Gijon, Spain, you can catch the tail end of Semana Negra (Noir Week), a festival which celebrates crime fiction. This year there are discussions on organized crime in contemporary Naples and the Crusades from a Muslim viewpoint, and 120 authors from 15 countries will award prizes to the best crime novels written in Spanish. Held without interruption every summer since 1988, Semana Negra has achieved two World Guinness records: the longest conga line ever in Europe (over 6,200 people in 1991) and the longest line of books (1,650 meters, well over a mile in 1994). For more details (in English), check out this link and this link.