NOMINEES FOR ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN HAMMETT PRIZE ANNOUNCED
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:
Craig Davidson, Cataract City: A Novel (Doubleday Canada) Heywood Gould, Green Light for Murder (Tyrus Books) Richard Lange, Angel Baby: A Novel (Mulholland Books) Lisa Moore, Caught (House of Anansi Press) George P. Pelecanos, The Double (Little, Brown)
A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by Wendy Hornsby and included Michael Bowen, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Deen Kogan, and Ann Romeo.
The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Steven Kruger, author of The Spectral Jew: Conversion and Embodiment in Medieval Europe; Ben McNally, owner of Ben McNally Books in Toronto; and Karen Solie, winner of the 2010 Griffin Poetry Prize for Pigeon.
The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner, during the Bloody Words Conference, in Toronto, June 6-8. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.