According to an announcement this morning, Chicago crime novelist Sara Paretsky has been selected by the Mystery Writers of America to receive the 2011 Grand Master Award. This “represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality.”
Paretsky will be presented with her commendation during the Edgar Awards Banquet, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 28, 2011. She follows Dorothy Gilman, James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton, Bill Pronzini, Stuart M. Kaminsky, and many other wordsmiths as a recipient of this MWA award.
Also during the Edgar Banquet, Raven Awards will be bestowed upon two well-known mystery bookstores, Once Upon a Crime (owned by Pat Frovarp and Gary Schulze) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Centuries & Sleuths (owned by Augie Alesky) in Chicago. The Raven “recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.”
Congratulations to everyone!