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Anthony Nominations Announced!

The 2017 Bouchercon organizers announce the Anthony Award Nominations. The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees.  [download the full Press Release]

The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.

The winner in each category will be announced immediately following the Sunday Brunch on October 15. While the Sunday Brunch is a ticketed event (buy your tickets through the Registration process), all Bouchercon attendees may attend the short awards ceremony that immediately follows.

 

ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS for 2017

Best Novel

  • You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott [Little, Brown]
  • Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman [G.P. Putnam’s Sons]
  • Red Right Hand – Chris Holm [Mulholland]
  • Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman [William Morrow]
  • A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny [Minotaur]

 

Best First Novel

  • Dodgers – Bill Beverly [Crown]
  • IQ – Joe Ide [Mulholland]
  • Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann [Midnight Ink]
  • Design for Dying – Renee Patrick [Forge]
  • The Drifter – Nicholas Petrie [G.P. Putnam’s Sons]

 

Best Paperback Original

  • Shot in Detroit – Patricia Abbott [Polis]
  • Leadfoot – Eric Beetner [280 Steps]
  • Salem’s Cipher – Jess Lourey [Midnight Ink]
  • Rain Dogs – Adrian McKinty [Seventh Street]
  • How to Kill Friends and Implicate People – Jay Stringer [Thomas & Mercer]
  • Heart of Stone – James W. Ziskin [Seventh Street]

 

Best Short Story

  • “Oxford Girl” – Megan Abbott, Mississippi Noir [Akashic]
  • “Autumn at the Automat” – Lawrence Block, In Sunlight or in Shadow [Pegasus]
  • “Gary’s Got A Boner” – Johnny Shaw, Waiting to Be Forgotten [Gutter]
  • “Parallel Play” – Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning [Wildside]
  • “Queen of the Dogs” – Holly West, 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback [Moonstone]

 

Best Critical Nonfiction Work

  • Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life – Peter Ackroyd [Nan A. Talese]
  • Letters from a Serial Killer – Kristi Belcamino & Stephanie Kahalekulu [CreateSpace]
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin [Liveright]
  • Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker – David J. Skal [Liveright]
  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale [Bloomsbury/Penguin]

 

Best Children’s/YA Novel

  • Snowed – Maria Alexander [Raw Dog Screaming]
  • The Girl I Used to Be – April Henry [Henry Holt]
  • Tag, You’re Dead – J.C. Lane [Poisoned Pen]
  • My Sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier [Soho Teen]
  • The Fixes – Owen Matthews [HarperTeen]

 

Best Anthology

  • Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns – Eric Beetner, ed. [Down & Out]
  • In Sunlight or in Shadow – Lawrence Block, ed. [Pegasus]
  • Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens – Jen Conley [Down & Out]
  • Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 – Greg Herren, ed. [Down & Out]
  • Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by the Replacements – Jay Stringer, ed. [Gutter]

 

Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)

  • Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen [All Due Respect Books]
  • No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón [Down & Out]
  • Crosswise – S.W. Lauden [Down & Out]
  • Beware the Shill – John Shepphird [Down & Out]
  • The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 [Dell]

 

For more information about the Anthony Awards, Bouchercon, or for contact info about the finalists, contact the Bouchercon 2017 Chairs.

Anthology Authors Announced!

To all who braved the blank page, climbed over your writer’s block, and submitted a story our upcoming anthology…

Thank You!

Due to the high quality of submissions, the judges had a tough time whittling down the selections. But now that all the acceptance and rejection letters have been sent out we can publicly announce the list of authors who will be represented in the anthology, Passport to Murder.

The anthology will be published on October 12, 2017.  The anthology will be available for pre-order in the summer of  2017. Details will be posted on Twitter/Facebook/this page with details as they become available.

 

Pop Sherlock! Exhibit at TPL

The Toronto Reference Library (TRL) has one of the world’s foremost collections of library materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle. In addition to the ticketed tour events through Bouchercon on October 11th, there will be a broader exhibit running from August 19-October 21.

Pop Sherlock! follows Sherlock Holmes as he ventures out of the classic fiction realm of this creator Arthur Conan Doyle and into the extraordinary places that his admirers have taken him. This icon of popular culture moves freely between the worlds of stage, screen, the comic arts, and much more.

This exhibit features items from the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, including books, manuscripts, music, graphic arts, TV, movie, and theatre memorabilia, advertising ephemera, and games.

Anthony Ballot missing…?

If you have not received an Anthony Award nomination form via email, please have a read of this, from our Anthony Awards Chair:

More than 100 people who should have received nomination forms did not because they’ve opted out of Survey Monkey surveys. All of them. This effectively makes it impossible to send a ballot to that email address.

If you are in this group, you need to go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/optin.aspx and opt back in.

If you still don’t receive it within a few days, please message us with your email address.

Anthony Award Ballots emailed

**Important Information re Anthony Award Ballots!**

If you were registered for Bouchercon in New Orleans and/or are signed up for Toronto this year, your Anthony Award nomination ballot will be arriving in your email box on Tuesday, February 28.

The nomination form will be coming from SurveyMonkey. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. If it’s not there by Wednesday, March 1, please message us.

Anthony Award nomination forms are due back by April 30. As soon as all nominations are tabulated, the 2017 Anthony Award Nominees will be announced.

The Passport – January 2017

The most recent issue, The Passport – January 2017 [pdf], is here and has been emailed out in PDF form.

We have news about tours, travel plans, new Bouchercon sponsors, panels, hotel/roommate info… and more.

We are only eight months away from the grand, fun event that is Bouchercon! As we get closer and closer we’ll be publishing updates more frequently on what we’re doing and expect to be doing as we strive to make the Toronto destination of the best World Mystery Convention a exciting time to remember!

Want to be alerted ASAP as to what’s new?

Our updates will take many forms: through our Twitter feed (@Bouchercon, @Bouchercon2017), our main Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bouchercon/), our Facebook Event page for this year’s event, and these brief newsletters distributed by email to registrants and those who specifically expressed interest in receiving email updates. If you want to be on the email list, submit your address on the right-side of this web page!

We have also preserved here on our blog the four earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.

The Passport – December 2016

The most recent issue, The Passport-December 2016 [pdf], is here and has been emailed out in PDF form.

As we rapidly approach the grand, fun event that is Bouchercon in October, we’ll publish updates on what we’re doing and expect to be doing as we strive to make the Toronto destination of the best World Mystery Convention a exciting time to remember!

These updates will take many forms: through our Twitter feed (@Bouchercon), our main Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bouchercon/), our Facebook Event page, and, periodically, brief newsletters distributed by email to registrants and those who specifically expressed interest in receiving email updates.

We have also preserved here on our blog the three earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.

Charity Auction recipient announced!

Each year Bouchercon holds both a Silent Auction and a Noisy Auction.

Each year the Bouchercon Committee chooses a literacy-related charity to receive the proceeds from the live and silent auctions.

This year, the Committee has chosen: Frontier College

Frontier College is a longstanding national literacy organization supporting people across Canada as they work to increase their literacy skills. They believe literacy is a right, and work with volunteers and community partners to give people the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential and contribute to society.

The Silent Auction will run from Thursday, October 12th until 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14th.
The Noisy Auction will be held Friday, October 13th from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Please visit our website (Events/Auctions) to read all the details, suggestions for donations, and to download the Auction Donation Form!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Susan Daly, our intrepid Auction Committee Chair!