Sunday, January 19, was Edgar Allen Poe’s 205th birthday; to celebrate the occasion, the Mystery Writers of America announced its nominees for the 2014 Edgar Allen Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.
Earlier this spring Barbara Conaty, my go-to reviewer for spy fiction, praised British author Mick Herron’s latest novel, Dead Lions, for “bringing a fresh and puckish eye to espionage and crime, leaving behind the stodgy staples.” The judges of Britain’s CWA Dagger Awards obviously agreed with Conaty’s assessment. Awarding Herron the CWA 2013 Goldsboro Gold […]
At the 44th annual Bouchercon (a volunteer-run mystery convention for readers, writers, and other publishing types), held September 19–21 in Albany, NY, best-selling author Louise Penny scored a double-header, winning the 2013 Anthony and the 2013 Macavity Best Novel Awards for The Beautiful Mystery, a locked-room puzzler set in a remote monastery deep in the […]
Will Today host Natalie Morales become the next Oprah? Publishers frustrated by the lack of national television exposure for their authors are keeping their fingers crossed. This morning NBC’s Today show announced the launch of the Today Book Club, a monthly interactive digital and on-air initiative. Its first pick is Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season […]
For lovers of international crime fiction, June has been busting out all over with a series of readings, panels, and discussions sponsored by four indie publishers and featuring such rising stars as Britain’s Mark Billingham, Austria’s Wolf Haas, Australia’s Zane Lovitt, and Nigeria’s .Bayo Ojikutu. Kicked off at the end of May with events at […]
Pitching in for the absent Barbara Genco (Library Journal’s Manager of Special Projects was attending a college reunion), moderator Alene Moroni (King County Library System, Issaquah, WA) led a lively panel of librarian book scouts at the fifth annual AAP/LJ-sponsored Librarian Shout ‘n Share program. In 60 minutes, Moroni, Angela Carstensen (Convent of the Sacred […]
Library Journal’s sold-out 16th annual Day of Dialog, held May 29 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, got off to a rousing start with the perennially popular Editors’ Picks panel. Five top editors from leading publishing houses shared their summer, fall, and winter favorites with an enthusiastic and packed audience of librarians eager to identify titles to […]