Friday, June 3, 2011


And the winners are....

What a terrific event last night! The annual Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet was held in Victoria, B.C. at the Hotel Grand Pacific and what a flock of Canadian crime writers attended!

And here are the winners:

Best Novel: Louise Penny for Bury Your Dead
Best First Novel: Avner Mandelman for The Debba
Best Short Story: Mary Jane Maffini for So Much in Common, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Crime Non-fiction: Stevie Cameron for On the Farm
Best Young Adult: alice Kuipers, for The Worst Thing She Ever Did
Best French Crime Book: Jacques Cote for Dans le quartier des agites
Best First Unpublished Novel: John Jeneroux for Better off Dead

Congratulations to all of the winners! And also, to everyone who was short-listed. It's always a difficult decision as there are so many wonderful writers in Canada.

Congratulations, too, to Crime Writers of Canada for this night of recognition of just how diverse and wonderful are our mystery writers. And to hold the event in Victoria was also an acknowledgement of just how widespread is this community. Of course, today is the start of Bloody Words most natural to tie it in.

Let the weekend festivities begin! Hope to see you at Bloody Words!

Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
A Killer Read coming April 2012
from Berkley Prime Crime

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