Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Thumbs Up Down Under

Following on the heels of last week’s announcement, by the Australian Crime Writers Association, of which books and authors have been shortlisted for the 2013 Ned Kelly Awards comes today’s news about the finalists for this year’s Davitt Awards. These prizes are presented by Sisters in Crime (SinC) Australia for “the best crime writing by women.” Here are the nominees:

Adult Fiction:
Cold Grave, by Kathryn Fox (Pan)
Paving the New Road, by Sulari Gentill (Pantera Press)
Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute,
by Maggie Groff (Pan)
Walking Shadows, by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)
Silent Fear, by Katherine Howell (Pan)
Silent Valley, by Malla Nunn (Macmillan)
Sisters of Mercy, by Caroline Overington (Bantam)
The Poet’s Cottage, by Josephine Pennicott (Macmillan)

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction:
The Children of the King, by Sonya Hartnett (Viking)
Moonlight and Ashes, by Sophie Masson (Random House)
Truly Tan, by Jen Storer (ABC Books)
The Tunnels of Tarcoola, by Jennifer Walsh (Allen & Unwin)

True Crime:
The Waterlow Killings, by Pamela Burton (Victory)
Missing You, by Justine Ford (Five Mile Press)

The recipients of these commendations, as well as of a Reader’s Choice prize and SinC Australia’s first Lifetime Achievement award, will be announced during a dinner to be held on August 31 at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. That ceremony will be hosted by New Zealand crime writer (and Ngaio Marsh Award finalist) Vanda Symon.

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