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Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Web Crush of the Week: Circulating Ideas

Podcasts are hot right now (SERIAL, amirite?), and one of the best library-themed podcasts is Steve Thomas’s Circulating Ideas. This podcast features interviews with librarians, talking about the cool, innovative work they are doing to keep the profession relevant for the twenty-first century. On a regular basis, Steve interviews everyday librarians from across the spectrum—academic, public, systems and […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
2014 Shamus Award Winners

2014 Shamus Award Winners

Thanks to the Coen brothers, I can’t hear the word shamus without hearing Jeff Lebowski’s confused reply to a private investigator (“I’m a brother shamus!” “Brother Seamus? Like an Irish monk?”)—but the Shamus Awards have been given by the Private Eye Writers of America since long before the Coens channeled Chandler in their own peculiar […]

By November 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Barry Award Winners 2014

Barry Award Winners 2014

Since 1997, the editors of Deadly Pleasures magazine have given their award for excellence in crime fiction, named for deceased fan reviewer Barry Gardner. The submission guidelines are as simple (send them the book and hope they review it) as the awards are idiosyncratic: while William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace has won other awards, too, and Booklist calls […]

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Macavity Award Winners 2014

Macavity Award Winners 2014

Nominated and voted on by the members of Mystery Readers International, the Macavity Award is named for T. S. Eliot’s “mystery cat” in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats—the winners were announced last Thursday night at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California. As noted in my Anthony Awards post, William Kent Krueger is on a terrific roll for Ordinary Grace. But […]

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Anthony Award Winners 2014

Anthony Award Winners 2014

Not 24 hours ago, the sun was kissing my cheeks, and now it’s biting them off—I just returned from Bouchercon in Long Beach, California. Amid the usual hubbub of panels and events, networking, professional development, and gossip, some of the year’s best mysteries and crime fiction were honored with Anthony Awards. The general sentiment seemed to […]

By November 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
More Questions Authors Hate to Answer

More Questions Authors Hate to Answer

A few weeks ago, at a panel discussion for aspiring authors, Keir Graff started a conversation about the questions he, as an author, hated being asked. Whether in an interview, or in passing conversation, he’d been asked some pretty cringe-worthy inquiries: “How much money do you make?”, “Where do you get your ideas?”, and a […]

By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →