Bouchercon by the Bay
PW Daily reports on awards given out at Bouchercon, the annual mystery writers’ convention:
In addition to Tower’s win for Best Novel, Macavity Awards—voted on by members of Mystery Readers International—were also given to Rebecca Cantrell’s A Trace of Smoke (Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award); Hank Phillippi Ryan’s ‘On the House’ (Best Short Story); P.D. James’s Talking About Detective Fiction (Best Mystery Nonfiction); and Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Best First Mystery).
The Barry Awards, voted on by readers of Deadly Pleasures magazine, were also announced during the opening ceremonies. The Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Mystery Fandom was awarded to Len and June Moffatt as well as Captain Bob Napier. Best Short Story went to Brendan DuBois’s ‘The High House Writer;’ Best Paperback Original went to Bryan Gruley’s Starvation Lake; Best British Novel went to Philip Kerr’s If the Dead Rise Not; Best Thriller went to Jamie Freveletti’s Running From the Devil; Best First Novel went to repeat winner Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie; Best Novel of the Decade went to Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; and the Best Novel went to John Hart’s The Last Child.
The Shamus Awards, presented by the Private Eye Writers of America, were awarded at an offsite banquet. Marcia Muller’s Locked In won Best P.I. Novel; Ira Berkowitz’s Sinner’s Ball won Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel; Brad Park’s Faces of the Gone won Best First P.I. Novel; Dave Zeltserman’s ‘Julius Katz’ won Best P.I. Short Story; Marcia Muller’s long-running San Francisco-based series character—and the heroine of the Shamus-winning Locked In—Sharon McCone was honored as Best P.I. Character; and Robert Crais was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.
During the closing ceremonies, the Anthony Awards—which are voted on by all Bouchercon attendees—were presented during Sunday brunch. P.D. James won the Best Critical Nonfiction category for her Talking About Detective Fiction; Hank Phillippi Ryan’s ‘On the House’ picked up another award for Best Short Story; Bryan Gruley won a second time for Starvation Lake in the Best Paperback Original Category; Sophie Littlefield’s A Bad Day for Sorry won for Best First Mystery; and Louise Penny’s The Brutal Telling picked up the Best Novel prize.
ReadingGroupGuides.com – 10th Anniversary Contest Results:
In honor of its tenth anniversary, ReadingGroupGuides.com ran a contest asking book groups to submit a list of their favorite books. The results are now in, and here is the Top Ten list. There are also links here to results broken down into categories (e.g., classics, biographies/memoirs).
How many of these 10 books have you read? I weigh in at 7.
Vargas Llosa Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature – NYTimes.com:
The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, whose deeply political work vividly examines the perils of power and corruption in Latin America, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.
Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy praised Mr. Vargas Llosa ‘for his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.’
International Thriller Writers Announces Award Winners:
Winners include the following:
- Best Short Story: “A Stab in the Heart” by Twist Phelan, Ellery Queen Magazine
- Best First Novel: Running from the Devil by Jamie Freveletti (HarperCollins)
- Best Paperback Original: The Coldest Mile by Tom Piccirilli (Random House)
- Best Hardcover Novel: The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner (Random House)
- ThrillerMaster Award: Ken Follett
Books | Sherman Alexie wins PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, for ‘War Dances’ | Seattle Times Newspaper:
Seattle author Sherman Alexie has added another award to his groaning shelf of literary trophies — the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his book of short stories, essays and poems, ‘War Dances’ (Grove Press).
The prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award is the largest peer-juried prize for fiction in the United States.
Books | ‘Benny and Penny’ tops 2010 Geisel awards list of best books for beginners | Seattle Times Newspaper:
A list of recipients of the Geisel Award for beginning readers: “The award, presented annually by the American Library Association, is named for the man better known as Dr. Seuss.”
Books | Colum McCann novel wins national award for fiction | Seattle Times Newspaper:
The Associated Press, via the Seattle Times, reports on the National Book Awards. McCann’s novel Let the Great World Spin took the fiction prize, and T.J. Stiles’s The First Tycoon, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, won for nonfiction. >
Also a winner was Phillip Hoose’s Claudette Colvin, in the young people’s literature category. Colvin, now 70, “who as a teenager was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Ala. bus, months before a similar incident made Rosa Parks a symbol of defiance,” appeared on stage with Hoose.
Robinson, Bolaño Among 2008 NBCC Award Finalists – 1/24/2009 9:13:00 PM – Publishers Weekly:
A list of finalists for the National Book Critics Circle annual awards in the categories of fiction, poetry, criticism, biography, autobiography, and nonfiction