Congratulations to California editor and blogger Janet Rudolph, who has won the 2016 George N. Dove Award for her “wide-ranging activities promoting the love of mystery and crime fiction.” As a press release explains, “The honor is bestowed for outstanding contributions to the serious study of mystery, detective, and crime fiction by the Mystery and Detective Fiction Area of the Popular Culture Association. The award is named for George N. Dove, one of the area’s early members, a past president of the Popular Culture Association, and author of outstanding presentations, articles, and books on detective fiction, especially the police procedural.”
In addition to her having founded the reader/fan organization Mystery Readers International (sponsor of the annual Macavity Awards), Rudolph is editor of the quarterly Mystery Readers Journal, writes the Mystery Fanfare blog, and also helped get the Left Coast Crime convention off the ground. She serves on the Bouchercon convention board and as a judge for New Zealand’s annual Ngaio Marsh Award, and holds “monthly Literary Salons with well-known crime writers in her own home in Berkeley ...” Rudolph is a knowledgeable and curious reader, and a very pleasant individual to be around at a cocktail party or dinner (as I can personally verify). Without any question, she deserves this latest commendation—which comes on top of her Ellery Queen Award, announced earlier this year.
As I understand it, the 2016 George N. Dove Award (which should in no way be confused with the Gospel Music Association’s annual Dove Award) will be presented during the Mystery and Detective Fiction Area meeting in Seattle, Washington, on March 25.