At the seventh annual International Thriller Writers (ITW) awards banquet, held July 14, 2012 at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Stephen King’s time-travel thriller 11/22/63 (Scribner) was named the Best Hard Cover Novel. Jeff Abbott’s The Last Minute (Sphere: Little, Brown UK) took the honors as Best Paperback Original; first published in Britain in 2011, Abbott’s new Sam Capra thriller was just released this month as a Grand Central hardcover. And Cornell University physics professor Paul McEuen won Best First Novel for his science thriller Spiral.
The ITW also announced two new awards for 2013 that will recognize young adult thrillers and ebook originals. Three giants of the genre were presented honors for their contributions: ThrillerMaster Jack Higgins, True Thriller Award winner Ann Rule, and 2012 Silver Bullet Award recipient Richard North Patterson.
The evening capped a four-day conference of writing workshops and publishing industry panels that also included spotlight interviews with Lee Child, Catherine Coulter, John Sandford, Richard North Patterson, and Ann Rule, as well as author signings and a breakfast that introduced 21 debut authors. For an annotated list of the authors and their titles, see Barbara Hoffert’s “International Thriller Writers Debut Authors: 21 Thrillers to Shiver Your Bones.”