The Crime Writers Association announced the 2014 longlist for its Dagger in the Library Award that honors "an author's whole body of work to date." The authors on this year's longlist include M.C. Beaton, Tony Black, Sharon Bolton, Elly Griffiths, Mari Hannah, James Oswald, Phil Rickman, Leigh Russell, Mel Sherratt and Neil White. The winner will be chosen by a panel including previous winners, CWA representatives and U.K. librarians.
Bloody Scotland also announced the short-list for the Deanston Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award 2014:
The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes
Falling Fast by Neil Broadfoot
Entry Island by Peter May
Flesh Wounds by Christopher Brookmyre
A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh
In The Rosary Garden by Nicola White
At last weekend's Writers' Police Academy, the Golden Donut short story award was presented to Rick McMahan for his entry titled "Practice." Submissions had to be exactly 200 words and be based on a provided photo prompt.
In conjunction with the very first Iceland Noir international festival of crime fiction, Irish author William Ryan will host a crime fiction workshop at Reykjavík City Library on November 21.
The Northeast Modern Language Association will examine the relationship between detective fiction and emerging technologies in a panel to be held April 30 though May 3 of 2015 in Toronto. Organizers are seeking papers, and applicants can submit 300-word abstracts online by September 30.
The latest issue of Suspense Magazine has profiles of Dennis Lehane, Gregg Hurwitz, D.P. Lyle, Meg Gardiner, and Bruce DeSilva, as well as Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder in "Face-Off," L.J. Sellers sharing eight lessons she learned from Law Enforcement, and 17 pages of book reviews.
The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) announced its first Freddie Award for Writing Excellence designed to recognize outstanding unpublished mystery writers and novels. The "Freddies" will be awarded to winning contestants in two categories, Hard-Boiled and Traditional and announced at Sleuthfest February 26-March 1. Submissions will consist of the first 20 pages of an unpublished mystery, with a deadline of October 15, 2014, and the top five entries in each category will be read by an acquiring editor or agent.
LitReactor compiled a list of Ten Literary Chillers where literary fiction and horror converge, from Mary Shelley to Megan Abbott.
Business Insider online scanned through the unclassified glossary of terms and definitions for counterintelligence professionals created by the Defence Department a couple months ago and picked out the "27 Phrases Only Spies Will Understand."
This week's crime poem at the 5-2 is "Eve Shrugged"by Catherine Wald.
Good news for the future of reading: a recent Pew Research’s survey of more than 6,000 Americans 16 and over found that 88% of Americans under 30 read a book in the past year, compared with 79% of those age 30 and older.
The Q&A roundup this week includes a profile of physician, author, and consultant, Dr. D.P. Lyle, via the LA Times; Omnimystery News chats with Libby Fischer Hellman about her Chicago PI Georgia Davis series; Private Investigator John Nardizzi visits the Wicked Cozy Authors to talk about his writing and the things authors get wrong; and Peter Lovesey stops by The Rap Sheet.