Sara Paretsky and Christine Carbo have won the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans and honoring Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Paretsky won the Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work. The committee wrote: "Sara Paretsky's singular creation of V.I. Warshawski has stood the test of time and reader loyalty through 19 books since she first debuted in 1982 with Indemnity Only. The Chicago private investigator is fierce and funny and an advocate for all the right causes, just like her creator. Sara Paretsky has used her considerable personal literary gifts to further equal rights for women, racial justice, as well as shining a light on the need for increased literacy and help for troubled teens and the mentally ill. She is a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, and a great advocate for the rights of authors. In 1986, she founded Sisters in Crime, and we all know what an incredible difference that has made for women who write crime fiction. It seems especially appropriate to recognize her on the 20th anniversary of that group, as well as for an impressive body of work that has illuminated the lives of women in all their bravery and complexity."
Carbo has won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel for her book, The Wild Inside, published by Atria. The judges said, "This absorbing crime novel weaves intriguing psychological themes around the presence of a truly frightening grizzly bear, a reminder of all that is wild out there."