The annual Arthur Ellis Awards annual,created by the Crime Writers of Canada, of which I am a member, celebrates excellence in Canadian crime writing. "Crime writing" encompasses crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. I submitted my latest Anna Nolan mystery, Tidings of Murder and Woe, for the Best Crime Novel award. Competition will be fierce in that category, as there are 74 submissions! If you would like more information about the competition, click on this link.
This Thursday, April 23, the shortlist for the award categories will be announced at celebrations in some major Canadian cities. I will be attending the Toronto event at the Indigo bookstore in the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. West, from 7-9 PM. A number of authors will be assembling there to read excerpts from their books, so if you're in the neighbourhood, or near any of the other cities where events are planned, consider coming out to support Canadian crime writing. It promises to be an entertaining evening.
Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Events:
Ottawa A panel featuring local Crime Writers of Canada members will be featured along with book signings and the official announcement of the Arthur Ellis shortlist. Thursday, April 23, 7 -9pm Chapters, 47 Rideau Street, main floor
Toronto Join MC Nate Hendley and the following CWC authors for a lively unveiling of the Arthur Ellis Award Finalists: Rosemary Aubert, Rick Blechta, Janet Bolin, Gina Buonaguro, Steve Burrows, Rob Brunet, Madeleine Harris Callway, Melodie Campbell, Sharon Crawford, Lisa de Nikolits, Jill Downie, N.J. Lindquist, Angela Misri, Cathy Spencer. Thursday, April 23, 7-9 p.m. Indigo, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. W.
Calgary Join us for a night of the best in Western Canadian crime, as we announce the official finalists for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards. Featuring readings by David A. Poulsen (Serpents Rising) and Garry Ryan (Glycerine) as well as 2014 Finalist for Best First Novel, Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra), and 2013 Unhanged Arthur finalist Jayne Barnard (When The Bow Breaks). Thursday, April 23, 7pm Owl's Nest Books, 815A - 49 Avenue SW
Vancouver Join BC crime authors Cathy Ace, Don Hauka, Owen Laukkanen, Kay Stewart and Sam Wiebe for a murderously good panel discussion, and be on the spot when the finalists are revealed. Dead Write Books will be on hand too! Free, but space is limited. Register online at www.bpl.bc.ca/events, in person at the Metrotown First Floor Information Desk, or phone 604-436-5410 Thursday, April 23, 7 -8:30pm Metrotown Branch, Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
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