Arthur Ellis Award Winners for Crime Writing in Canada
Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award winners. Congratulations to All
Best Novel: Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing
Best First Novel: Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur
The Lou Allen Memorial Award for Best Novella: Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts,
Best Short Story: Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
Best Book in French: Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique
Best Juvenile/YA: Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books
Best Nonfiction: Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers
The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls
CWC also announced the 2016 Grand Master Winner Eric Wright.
Eric Wright wrote eighteen crime novels, in four different series, as well as novels, a novella, and a memoir. Eric’s first novel, The Night the Gods Smiled (1983), won the first Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), and the City of Toronto Book Award. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000) won an Arthur and was nominated for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). His writing career spanned over forty years and his contribution to Canadian crime writing was, without question, immense. This was recognized in 1998 when Eric received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing. Eric Wright passed away in October, 2015, shortly after being notified that he had been selected for the Grand Master Award. Eric continued writing until shortly before his death, and in May 2016, Cormorant Books released The Land Mine, a historical novel loosely based on Eric’s own childhood in World War II London.
Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a professional organization designed to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers from coast to coast. Members include authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and literary agents as well as many developing authors.