Wednesday, January 26, 2022

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SISTERS IN CRIME 2022 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

SISTERS IN CRIME OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2022 ELEANOR TAYLOR BLAND CRIME FICTION WRITERS OF COLOR AWARD
 
Emerging Writer of Color Will Receive $2000 Grant to Support Career Development 
 

Sisters in Crime is accepting applications for its ninth annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, a $2,000 grant awarded to an emerging writer of color. The award honors the late, pioneering African American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland. Candidates must apply by March 31 and the winner will be announced in May.

“The award gave me the confidence I needed to keep going when my first book failed on submission and my first agent and I parted ways,” says 2018 Award winner Mia P. Manansala. “The book that won the award became my debut and has led to so many amazing opportunities.”

Established in 2014, The Eleanor Taylor Bland award intends to support a recipient at the beginning of their crime writing career. The grantee may choose to apply the grant toward workshops, seminars, conferences, retreats, online courses and research activities to assist in completion of their work. Strongly aligned with Sisters in Crime’s mission to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of current and prospective members, “this award welcomes future crime writers of color into the mystery writing fold,” says Stephanie Gale, Pushcart Prize-nominated author and President of the National Board of Sisters in Crime. “As the former grants liaison, I know the award has inspired the winner and runners up to keep writing. There are writers of color crushing the crime writing genre and I want more of it.”

 

The 2022 recipient will join an impressive roster of winners. This year’s panel of judges includes 2021 winner D.Ann Williams, along with Sujata Massey and Wanda Morris, who is excited to participate in the search. “The Award recognizes and introduces diverse authors at a time when people are craving #OwnVoices stories,” says Morris. “The impact of this award will be felt for generations.”

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Eleanor Taylor Bland was the author of fourteen crime fiction novels published between 1992 and 2007 which featured Marti MacAlister, an African-American female police detective and an enduring and beloved heroine who went against the grain of stereotypes related to African-American women in much of U.S. popular culture. Bland also published several works of short crime fiction and edited a collection titled Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors (2004). Sisters in Crime (SinC) was founded in 1986 to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. Today, the organization boasts 4,200 members and more than 60 chapters worldwide and its initiatives also include other scholarships; grants for academic research into the roles of women and underserved voices in crime fiction; cash awards to libraries and bookstores; and surveys and monitoring projects which determine visibility and representation of women and diverse voices in the genre and across the marketplace. 

For more information on its programs and author members, visit the organization’s website at www.sistersincrime.org. Complete guidelines and the application can be found at www.sistersincrime.org/page/EleanorTaylorBland

Cartoon of the Day: The Line Up


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Cartoon of the Day: Dogs

This could be Reign! 


 

NOIR CITY 19 FESTIVAL- Set for March 2022

Let's try this again!  The NOIR CITY film festival returns from its second COVID hiatus March 24 - 27 for an incisive and inspiring four-day festival at Oakland's historic Grand Lake Theatre. Passports (all-access passes) and individual tickets are once again available for purchase at noircity.com. All passports and tickets already purchased for the original January shows will automatically be honored at this rescheduled March festival. If you cannot attend the new dates, please contact Brown Paper Tickets to request to have your purchase refunded.

Produced, programmed and hosted by Film Noir Foundation president Eddie Muller, 2022's NOIR CITY edition, subtitled "They Tried to Warn Us!", showcases 12 movies from mid-20th century Hollywood sure to resonate with contemporary viewers. Included are shockingly prescient films focusing on megalomaniacal politicians, corrupt businessmen, neo-Nazis, racism, anti-Semitism, sexual predators, serial killers, police brutality — even a viral epidemic! This NOIR CITY program could not be more timely or topical.

The eagerly anticipated NOIR CITY 19 will open Thursday night, March 24, with a double bill. First up, All the King's Men (1949), the noir-stained 1950 Best Picture Oscar® winner, starring Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark, an ambitious Southern politician who doesn't let ethics interfere with his meteoric political rise. Crawford won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance. The Robert Rossen film is paired with the world premiere of the FNF's latest 35mm restoration — The Argyle Secrets, a 1948 B-picture directed by Cy Endfield, returned to circulation this year through the partnership of the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive. The film's mystery centers around "The Argyle Album" containing the names of U.S. politicians and industrialists who abetted the Nazis in WW II.

Weeknight shows will be presented as double bills, with one $15 admission price for two movies. Saturday and Sunday shows will have separate admissions ($12.50) for each screening. NOIR CITY Passports (all-access passes) granting admission to all 12 films are available for $100, a $30 savings over the purchase price of individual tickets. FNF proceeds from the NOIR CITY festival benefit the foundation's efforts to rescue and restore noir films in danger of being permanently lost or damaged.

As is the tradition at NOIR CITY, fans can expect plenty of onscreen surprises, noir-inspired activities, and special guest appearances! 

The full schedule, Passports (all-access passes), individual tickets, and program notes are available at NoirCity.com.

Monday, January 24, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO THROUGH TIME: Zoom Presentation with author Catherine Accardi

With over 400 officially designated local, state, and national landmarks, San Francisco is steeped in history. The City’s neighborhoods feature unique buildings and special places, some that are well known to residents and tourists but also structures and locations that have been obscured by time.

Beginning at Captain Richardson’s tent near Grant Avenue and winding our way through neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, author Catherine Accardi shares the rich history of San Francisco in contrasting images, uncovering and revealing San Francisco in new ways. 

With over 100 photographs, her book, San Francisco Through Time, takes readers on a quest to discover the places, and the stories behind them, that make San Francisco special. Join us on a journey with Catherine Accardi, the author of San Francisco Through Time with historical photographs juxtaposed alongside present-day images. 
 
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Click here to REGISTER for the ZOOM WEBINAR

Visit the Book Club of California website at http://www.bccbooks.org/programs/. 

 

THE LATE MR. CARY: Guest Post by Michael Campeta

Michael Campeta: THE LATE MR. CARY

As a librarian and foreign language teacher, I know the intricacies of research and have painstakingly recreated the historical setting in which my novel occurs, as well as spent countless hours developing the book’s tightly woven plot. Relevant critiques include participating in the Bouchercon Mystery Convention. I enjoy reading, travel, architecture, and history, especially the era of the 1920s. My novels are set during the jazz age of the 1920s, a fascinating period in American history. 

The decade of the 1920s is now one hundred years ago. Flappers and speakeasies are hallmarks of that era. Family conflicts, adultery, and even murder were prevalent during this period of decadence and free love. THE LATE MR. CARY is a mystery set in the stately home of an upper-crust family bringing the 1920s to life—amidst a parade of death! 

It is January 1928. Megan Cary, a young and stylish librarian, lives with her moody but wealthy husband, Adam. Just as Meg can no longer tolerate her husband’s philandering, Adam mysteriously dies during a weekend trip to his hometown. Meg finds a suicide note, and the police want to quickly close the case. So does Adam’s mother, Helen Cary, the stern matriarch of the brownstone house she shares with her sister and brother-in-law, as well as her daughter and son-in-law. Skeptical that Adam would kill himself, Meg hires a private detective, Sloane Sheppard, whose investigation ultimately unravels family secrets as a series of surprising deaths occur over two cold and snowy weeks in Albany. THE LATE MR. CARY continues to a denouement where Sloane Sheppard finally reveals the mysteries behind these violent deaths. 

The 1920s continue to enthrall readers. I am dedicated to writing mysteries and plan to write more novels set in the 1920s in the future. 


Cartoon of the Day: Writing


Friday, January 21, 2022

SISTER BONIFACE debuts on BritBox

At last. The Sister Boniface Mysteries will debut on BritBox February 8 with 10 episodes. The series follows the adventures of Sister Boniface, Bride of Christ, vintner, and part-time Crime Scene Investigator. The character appeared in the very first season of Father Brown, and original actress Lorna Watson will reprise her role as the sleuthing nun. 

Set in rural Warwickshire during the 1960s, this is a time period in which the entire concept of police forensics is...rudimentary at best. DNA testing doesn't exist yet. Blood testing can take days. Trace evidence is in its infancy and the chain of custody - even the simple preservation - of crime scene evidence is hit or miss (as you probably recognize from the Father Brown episodes). But, the Great Slaughter Constabulary has a secret weapon in its fight against crime. 

Hidden deep in the countryside is St Vincent’s Convent, a small community of wine-making nuns is Sister Boniface. An IQ of 156 and a Ph.D. in forensic science, plus an addiction to popular detective fiction and a fully equipped crime laboratory make Boniface an invaluable aid to any police investigation. Poisons, trace evidence, bloodstains, and etymology. She’s often more up to speed on the latest forensic techniques than the Police. 

If there’s evidence to be found, Boniface will find it, with a little help from dashing maverick DI Sam Gillespie (Downton Abbey's Max Brown) and buttoned-up Bermudan DS Felix Livingstone (Sex Education's Jerry Iwu), who’s horrified to be stuck working in this eccentric town. Felix was supposed to be on secondment to the Metropolitan Police but an administrative error lands him in Great Slaughter. 

A cast of eccentric local characters combined with his boss’s reliance on a nun leaves him reeling. Although as Sam points out, that nun ensures they have the highest clean-up rate in the county. The character of Ruth Penny, a hard-nosed investigative journalist and the editor of the Albion Bugle, is played by Miranda Raison (Warrior), and Ami Metcalf (Allied) plays the role of Peggy Button, the young, unshakeable police constable. 

Additional cast members include Belinda Lang (Inspector Alleyn Mysteries), Sarah Crowden (Grantchester), David Sterne (Detectorists), Virginia Fiol (EastEnders), and Ivan Kaye (The Coroner). And, though it is obviously not confirmed in any way, it seems highly likely that Father Brown himself, Mark Walliams, will at least make some sort of cameo appearance in Sister Boniface's first season. The ten-part series will arrive on Britbox beginning Tuesday, February 8.

Cartoon of the Day: Dogs


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cartoon of the Day: Small Town Cop


 

EDGAR AWARD NOMINEES: Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2021. The 76th Annual Edgar® Awards will be celebrated on April 28, 2022 at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. Congratulations to all!

BEST NOVEL

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen (Amazon Publishing – Lake Union)
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby (Macmillan Publishers – Flatiron Books)
Five Decembers by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
How Lucky by Will Leitch (HarperCollins – Harper)
No One Will Miss Her by Kat Rosenfield (HarperCollins – William Morrow)

BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR

Deer Season by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)
Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian (Harlequin Trade Publishing – Park Row)
Suburban Dicks by Fabian Nicieza (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
What Comes After by JoAnne Tompkins (Penguin Random House – Riverhead Books)
The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Random House – Viking Books/Pamela Dorman Books)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke (Penguin Random House – Berkley)
The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory (Tom Doherty Associates – Tordotcom)
Starr Sign by C.S. O’Cinneide (Dundurn Press)
Bobby March Will Live Forever by Alan Parks (Europa Editions – World Noir)
The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)

BEST FACT CRIME

The Confidence Men: How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History by Margalit Fox (Random House Publishing Group – Random House)
Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green (Celadon Books)
Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away by Ann Hagedorn (Simon & Schuster)
Two Truths and a Lie: A Murder, a Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice by Ellen McGarrahan (Penguin Random House – Random House)
The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade by Benjamin T. Smith (W.W. Norton & Company)
When Evil Lived in Laurel:  The “White Knights” and the Murder of Vernon Dahmer by Curtis Wilkie (W.W. Norton & Company

BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World by Mark Aldridge (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper360)
The Unquiet Englishman: A Life of Graham Greene by Richard Greene (W.W. Norton & Company)
Tony Hillerman: A Life by James McGrath Morris (University of Oklahoma Press)
The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock: An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense by Edward White (W.W. Norton & Company)

 BEST SHORT STORY

“Blindsided,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by Michael Bracken & James A. Hearn (Dell Magazines)
“The Vermeer Conspiracy,” Midnight Hour by V.M. Burns (Crooked Lane Books)
“Lucky Thirteen,” Midnight Hour by Tracy Clark (Crooked Lane Books)
“The Road to Hana,” Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by R.T. Lawton (Dell Magazines)
“The Locked Room Library,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Gigi Pandian (Dell Magazines)
“The Dark Oblivion,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Cornell Woolrich (Dell Magazines)

BEST JUVENILE

Cold-Blooded Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Workman Publishing – Algonquin Young Readers)
Concealed by Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)
Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Dead Man in the Garden by Marthe Jocelyn (Penguin Random House Canada – Tundra Books)
Kidnap on the California Comet: Adventures on Trains #2 by M.G. Leonard & Sam Sedgman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Feiwel & Friends)
Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic – Scholastic Press)

BEST YOUNG ADULT

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Feiwel & Friends)
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Macmillan Children’s Publishing – Henry Holt and Company BFYR)
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris (HarperCollins – Quill Tree Books)
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur (Macmillan Children’s Books – Feiwel & Friends)
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe (Penguin Young Readers – G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR)

BEST TELEVISION EPISODE TELEPLAY

“Dog Day Morning” – The Brokenwood Mysteries, Written by Tim Balme (Acorn TV)
“Episode 1” – The Beast Must Die, Written by Gaby Chiappe (AMC+)
“The Men Are Wretched Things” – The North Water Written by Andrew Haigh (AMC+)
“Happy Families” – Midsomer Murders, Written by Nicholas Hicks-Beach (Acorn TV)
“Boots on the Ground” – Narcos: Mexico, Written by Iturri Sosa (Netflix)

ROBERT L. FISH MEMORIAL AWARD

“Analogue,” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by Rob Osler (Dell Magazines)

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THE SIMON & SCHUSTER MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet by Katherine Cowley (Tule Publishing – Tule Mystery)
Ruby Red Herring by Tracy Gardner (Crooked Lane Books)
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
The Sign of Death by Callie Hutton (Crooked Lane Books)
Chapter and Curse by Elizabeth Penney (St. Martin’s Paperbacks)

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THE G.P. PUTNAM’S SONS SUE GRAFTON MEMORIAL AWARD

Double Take by Elizabeth Breck (Crooked Lane Books)
Runner by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)
Shadow Hill by Thomas Kies (Sourcebooks – Poisoned Pen Press)
Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
Family Business by S.J. Rozan (Pegasus Books – Pegasus Crime)

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SPECIAL AWARDS

GRAND MASTER

Laurie R. King

RAVEN AWARD

 Lesa Holstine – Lesa’s Book Critiques; Library Journal Reviewer

ELLERY QUEEN AWARD

Juliet Grames – Soho Books

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The Edgar Awards, or “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after MWA’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are presented to authors of distinguished work in various categories. MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization encompasses some 3,000 members including authors of fiction and non-fiction books, screen and television writers, as well as publishers, editors, and literary agents.

Mystery Writers of America would like to emphasize our commitment to diversity and fairness in the judging of the Edgar Awards. Judges are selected from every region of the country, from every sub-category of our genre, and from every demographic to ensure fairness and impartiality.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Why I Dedicated GOOD RICH PEOPLE to my Dog: Guest post by Eliza Jane Brazier

Eliza Jane Brazier: Why I Dedicated GOOD RICH PEOPLE to my Dog

Eliza Jane Brazier is an author, screenwriter, and journalist. She currently lives in California, where she is developing her books for television. Her newest novel GOOD RICH PEOPLE (on sale January 25, 2022) is a cat-and-mouse thriller where a woman deceives her way into the guesthouse of a Hollywood Hills mansion and inadvertently becomes a target in the twisted game of the wealthy family upstairs.


I dedicated my book Good Rich People to my dog BB. I was obsessed with dogs from a young age and while we had a few dogs growing up (my mother had a tendency to not keep them very long), I had never had my own dog before. I got BB right before the lockdown. I was living alone in Hollywood and I was worried about being isolated. I also thought it was the perfect time to get a puppy as I would have time to train her. 

BB was adorable but also not what I expected. I expected her to be a dog right away, but puppies are different! We couldn’t go outside because she wasn’t vaccinated, and she had a crazy amount of energy. It was pretty chaotic at first, but soon she became my best friend. We went on road trips together up and down the California coast, to Texas and even all the way to Florida. 

BB is the most social, friendly dog. She loves people and other dogs. We spend every day together. Every morning we go for a walk. When I am working, she has learned to lay at my feet. I take her to the dog park every afternoon. 

I also purchased a horse in last year, and she now lives in my backyard. Having pets has been one of the biggest joys of my life. They give me a routine. I honestly love taking care of them. And they are so sweet and funny and loving. I think everyone should get a pet! 

I am hoping to get another puppy in a few months and I can’t wait. Maybe one day I will have a pack of dogs and a herd of horses. I think pets are the one purchase you never regret. They change your life and make you a better person. All you have to do is love them.

Cartoon of the Day: Day Jobs of the Poets

 From the amazing Grant Snider:


Monday, January 17, 2022

LEFTY AWARD NOMINATIONS: LEFT COAST CRIME 2022


2022 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award Nominations Announced

Left Coast Crime 2022 will be presenting four Lefty Awards at our 32nd annual convention, to be held in Albuquerque in April: humorous, historical, debut, and best. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, April 9, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Albuquerque. The award nominees have been selected the convention registrants. LCC is delighted to announce the 2022 Lefty nominees for books published in 2021:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. The nominees are:
 • Ellen Byron, Cajun Kiss of Death (Crooked Lane Books)
 • Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (Berkley Prime Crime)
 • Elle Cosimano, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It (Minotaur Books)
 • Cynthia Kuhn, How To Book a Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
 • Raquel V. Reyes, Mango, Mambo, and Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
 • Wendall Thomas, Fogged Off (Beyond the Page Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970. The nominees are:
 • Susanna Calkins, The Cry of the Hangman (Severn House)
 • John Copenhaver, The Savage Kind (Pegasus Crime)
 • Naomi Hirahara, Clark and Division (Soho Crime)
 • Sujata Massey, The Bombay Prince (Soho Crime)
 • Catriona McPherson, The Mirror Dance (Hodder & Stoughton)
 • Lori Rader-Day, Death at Greenway (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel. The nominees are:
 • Alexandra Andrews, Who Is Maud Dixon (Little, Brown and Company)
 • Marco Carocari, Blackout (Level Best Books)
 • Zakiya Dalila Harris, The Other Black Girl (Atria Books)
 • Mia P. Manansala, Arsenic and Adobo (Berkley Prime Crime)
 • Wanda M. Morris, All Her Little Secrets (William Morrow)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories). The nominees are:
 • Tracy Clark, Runner (Kensington Books)
 • S.A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears (Flatiron Press)
 • Matt Coyle, Last Redemption (Oceanview Publishing)
 • William Kent Krueger, Lightning Strike (Atria Books)
 • P.J. Vernon, Bath Haus (Doubleday)

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The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. Usually held in the western half of North America, LCC’s intent is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests. Lefty Awards have been given since 1996.

In 2020, Left Coast Crime received the Raven Award from Mystery Writers of America, for “outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.”

The 32nd annual Left Coast Crime Convention will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 7–10, 2022. This year’s Guests of Honor are authors Mick Herron and Catriona McPherson. Kristopher Zgorski is the Fan Guest of Honor, and author Kellye Garrett will serve as Toastmaster.

Left Coast Crime is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation holding annual mystery conventions in the West. Each LCC convention raises money to support a local literary organization and is staffed entirely by volunteers.