Friday, June 03, 2011

Murder Was the Main Course

Last night in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, during a banquet scheduled on the eve of this year’s Bloody Words convention, the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announced the recipients of its 28th annual Arthur Ellis Awards. Capturing those commendations were ...

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny (Little, Brown UK)

Also nominated: Slow Recoil, by C.B. Forrest (RendezVous Crime); In Plain Sight, by Mike Knowles (ECW Press); The Extinction Club, by Jeffrey Moore (Penguin Group); and A Criminal to Remember, by Michael Van Rooy (Turnstone Press)

Best Short Story: “So Much in Common,” by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Also nominated: “In It Up to My Neck,” by Jas R. Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine); “The Big Touch,” by Jordan McPeek (ThugLit); “The Piper’s Door,” by James Powell (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine); and “The Bust,” by William Deverall (from Whodunnit: Sun Media’s Canadian Crime Fiction Showcase)

Best Non-Fiction: On the Farm, by Stevie Cameron (Knopf Canada)

Also nominated: Our Man in Tehran, by Robert Wright (HarperCollins); and Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him, by Roy MacGregor (Random House)

Best Juvenile/Young Adult: The Worst Thing She Ever Did, by Alice Kuipers (HarperCollins)

Also nominated: Borderline, by Allan Stratton (HarperCollins); Pluto’s Ghost, by Sharee Fitch (Doubleday Canada); Victim Rights, by Norah McClintock (Red Deer Press); and The Vinyl Princess, by Yvonne Prinz (HarperCollins)

Best Crime Writing in French: Dans le quartier des agités,
by Jacques Côté (Alire)

Also nominated: Cinq secondes, by Jacques Savoie (Libre Expression); Vanités, by Johanne Seymour (Libre Expression); La société des pères meurtriers, by Michel Châteauneuf (Vents D’ouest); and Quand la mort s’invite à la première, by Bernard Gilbert (Québec Amérique)

Best First Novel: The Debba, by Avner Mandleman (Other Press)

Also nominated: The Damage Done, by Hilary Davidson (Tom Doherty Associates); The Penalty Killing, by Michael McKinley (McClelland & Stewart); The Parabolist, by Nicholas Ruddock (Doubleday); and Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin’s Press)

Unhanged Arthur (Best Unpublished First Crime Novel): Better Off Dead, by John Jeneroux

Also nominated: Uncoiled, by Kevin Thornton, and When the Bow Breaks, by Jayne Barnard

As a news release from the CWC explains, “The winners will receive the Arthur, an articulated wooden jumping-jack figure on a scaffold with a noose around his neck. Arthur ‘dances’ when the string is pulled--a fitting tribute to Canada’s former official hangman, Arthur Ellis, after whom the award was named. Every Arthur is hand-carved from hard maple by artisan Barry Lambeck. The award is based on a design and prototype by artist Peter Blais.”

In addition, Derrick Murdock Awards (“for contributions to the crime genre”) were handed over to Louise Allin and N.A.T. Grant.

Congratulations to the winners and other nominees alike!

1 comment:

Darlynne said...

As someone who loves everything Louise Penny writes, including her monthly newsletters, I can only imagine how hard it must be for any writer whose book is nominated at the same time as hers. Like the year Peter Jackson's Ring trilogy swept the Oscars, no one else had a chance.

Unless Ms. Penny seriously missteps in a future book, which seems highly unlikely, she is unstoppable. Perhaps there should be an award each year for "The Best Mystery Novel Not Written By Louise Penny."

Thank you, by the way, for an informative and knowledgeable website. There can never been enough discussion of mysteries and I appreciate what you're doing here.