The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has announced the following nominees for the 2004 Dilys Award, which is named in honor of Dilys Winn, founder of the first bookshop devoted to mysteries. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, a trade association devoted to selling mysteries, has presented this award each year since 1993. The award recognizes the book chosen by the members as the ones they most enjoyed selling throughout the year.
Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon by Donna Andrews (St. Martin's)
The Sixth Lamentation by William Broderick (Viking)
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy (Putnam)
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (Soho)
will be presented in Monterey at Left Coast Crime, February 19-22.
Corrected several typos in the Paretsky excerpt. Note to self -- no more late-night updating of the website...
The December/January 2004 issue of Mystery News was mailed today, Monday, December 15th, right on time.This issue features a wonderful cover interview of Sara Paretsky by Gary Warren Niebuhr. Other highlights include an interview with Marlys Millhiser (by Virginia R. Knight) and Steve's "In the beginning" column on Peter Spiegelman, author of Black Maps, which was published in August by Knopf (make sure you check out my review of Black Maps in this issue). James Clar makes his feature article debut with "Greg Rucka writes comic books?", which made me want to run out and buy the entire set of Gotham Central comics. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column is "Philip MacDonald" one of the lesser known of the "Big Macs". Dave Magayna and Lynn Kaczmarek contribute audio reviews of recent books by C.J. Box, Steve Hamilton, and Joe R. Lansdale. Plus, of course, our columns, reviews, previews and convention calendar.
Updated Back Issues and Authors pages to include info related to the new issue and the Conventions page to remove untimely content and to add Edgar week activities in New York at the end of April 2004
Just when you thought that there was no humor left in politics, Kinky Friedman has announced that he is running for governor of Texas. His campaign slogan? "Why the hell not?" Click here for his official website, which has links to articles from the NY Times and other publications.
We were sad to hear that Mark Stevens will be closing The Science Fiction and Mystery Book Shop in Atlanta early in the new year.
Jonathan Yardley, book critic for the Washington Post, does occasional columns on notable or overlooked books and authors from the past. Last week, he wrote about John D. MacDonald's Lush Landscape of Crime. You can read it at this link.
The CWA Dagger Awards were presented on Thursday in London at the CWA 50th Jubilee Dagger Awards Lunch. The winners are listed here -- for a list of nominees, see the Awards page.
Gold Dagger for fiction: Fox Evil by Minette Walters
Silver Dagger for fiction: Half Broken Things by Morag Joss
Gold Dagger for non-fiction: Pointing From The Grave by Samantha Weinberg
The CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger: Mission Flats by William Landay
The CWA Short Story Dagger: "Closer To The Flame" by Jerry Sykes
CWA Dagger in the Library: Stephen Booth
The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman
The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger: The American Boy by Andrew Taylor (awarded 10/22/03)
The CWA Debut Dagger: The Cuckoo by Kirsty Evans
Highly Commended Debut Dagger runner-up: Speak Now by Margaret Dumas
The fourth installment of Endangered Species: save our short stories, a year-long short story on-line anthology of short stories sponsored by the Arts Council England, and edited by Val McDermid, is now available. You can find it at this link. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read the stories in the first four installments, including the new ones by Ian Rankin and Tony Kerr. You can also sign up to have forthcoming installments delivered by email.
The Autumn 2003 Mystery Book Sense 76 Top Ten was posted about a month ago -- here is a link.
A couple of general book sites that might be of interest are IOBA - the Independent Online Booksellers Association, which includes a member directory, code of ethics, description definitions. There are also current and back issues of the IOBA newsletter, The Standard. And Book Sale Finder -- a site that lists book sales that are mostly sponsored by non-profits, including Friends of the Library groups.
The Second International Conference on the Future of the Book will be held at the Beijing Friendship Hotel in Beijing, China, from 29-31 August 2004. The conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the future of the book, as well as its past and the state of the book industry, books and reading today. Click here for more info.
Updated conventions page to include Book Expo America to be held June 2-6, 2004 in Chicago.
Updated home page and Ross Thomas page to include photos (courtesy of Rosalie Thomas).
The Toronto Star has a cool article on the Graystone, the mansion that was probably Raymond Chandler's inspiration for the Sternwood home in The Big Sleep. Click here to read it.
The Publishers Weekly 11/3 issue includes a feature on 9 promising mystery and crime fictions authors: Eric Garcia, Colin Harrison, Karin Slaughter, David Corbett, Barry Eisler, David Rosenfelt, Jonnie Jacobs, Jonathon King, and Michael McClelland. There's a section with quotes from more established writers as well as a list of new series to watch. Click here to read it.
PW also has an article on Kate Mattes, founder and owner of the landmark Kate's Mystery Books in Cambridge and now also a publisher. Click here.
The October/November 2003 issue of Mystery News was mailed on Monday, November 3rd, about 2 weeks late due to extensive day job travel by both of us as well as our trip to Las Vegas for Bouchercon. This issue features a fantastic article on Ross Thomas by Steve Miller, in acknowledgement of St. Martin's Press reprinting several of Thomas's works. Other highlights include an interview with Carolyn Haines (by Virginia R. Knight) and Steve's "In the beginning" column on Meredith Blevins, author of The Hummingbird Wizard, which was published in September by Forge. Sharon Zukowski is back with a Mysterious Traveler column (and photos!) on NYC's Chinatown, with S.J. Rozan as her guide. Tom McNulty weighs in with a review of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column isCharlotte Armstrong. Dave Magayna contributes audio reviews of recent books by Marcia Muller, Michael Palmer and Amy Gutman, as well as a review of Otis, an MP3 player offered by audible.com for 'reading' their audio books.
Check out this USA Today article on travel and mysteries. Four stars to those who find the rather glaring error in the piece! Click here to read it.
The Crime Writers' Association has announced that the winner of the 2003 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger is Andrew Taylor for The American Boy (HarperCollins), which will be published by Hyperion in the USA as An Unpardonable Crime in March 2004.)
This award is sponsored by the estate of Ellis Peters and her publishers, Headline and Little Brown. The winner was announced at the Savoy on the evening of Wednesday 22 October. The winner also received a cash prize of £3000.
The Bloody Words convention will not be held in 2004 since Bouchercon will be held in Toronto, but the dates for Bloody Words 2005 will be June 10 - 12, 2005 in Toronto.
Left Coast Crime 2005 (El Paso) now has a website at this link. In addition to Guest of Honor S.J. Rozan, the committee has named Paco Ignacio Taibo II as International Guest of Honor, Ernie Bulow as Fan Guest of Honor, and Rick Riordan as Toastmaster.
The conventions page was updated accordingly.
Next year's Deadly Ink convention will be held on June 11 & 12, 2004. The guest of honor will be Steve Hamilton. Click here for more details.
The Anthony Awards were presented at a banquet at Bouchercon in Las Vegas on October 19, 2003.
Best Novel: City of Bones by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Best First Novel: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's)
Best Paperback Original: Fatal Truth by Robin Burcell (Avon)
Best Critical: They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated And Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
Best Short Story: "Too Many Cooks" by Marcia Talley (Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry, Berkeley Prime Crime)
Best Cover Art: Measures of Poison, edited by Dennis McMillan (Dennis McMillan Publications), Jacket Design by Michael Kellner
Macavity Awards: Named for the "mystery cat" of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats) and awarded by the members of Mystery Readers International at Bouchercon on October 18, 2003.
Best Mystery Novel: Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Best First Mystery Nove: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Best Bio/Critical Mystery Work: They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels edited by Jim Huang (Crum Creek Press)
Best Mystery Short Story: "Voice Mail" by Janet Dawson (Scam and Eggs, Five Star)
Best P.I. Novel: Blackwater Sound by James W. Hall (St. Martin's)
Best First P.I. Novel: The Distance by Eddie Muller (Scribner)
Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel: The Poisoned Rose by D. Daniel Judson (Bantam)
Best P.I. Short Story: "The Second Coming" by Terence Faherty (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November 2002)
The Eye, the PWA's award for lifetime achievement, was presented to Sue Grafton
Greetings from Bouchercon. Tonight the Barry Awards were presented at the Opening Night Reception. The Don Sandstrom Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery Fandom was presented to Maggie Mary Mason. The Barry Awards were presented as follows:
Best Novel: City of Bones by Michael Connelly
Best First Novel: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Best British Novel: The White Road by John Connolly
Best Paperback Original: Cold Silence by Danielle Girard
Our signing schedule for Bouchercon 2003 is now posted here. Please join us at our table in the book dealer's room to meet & greet some of our (and your) favorite authors.
Some Bouchercon news - the organizers of Bouchercon 36 (2005 in Chicago) have announced that Dennis Lehane will be the Guest of Honor and that Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini will be honored for their body of work. As previously noted, Mystery News contributor Beth Fedyn will be the Fan Guest of Honor.
S.J. Rozan has won the 2003 Nero Award and will be the Guest of Honor at Left Coast Crime 2005 in El Paso TX. You can read about it on her website -- just click here.
Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, was interviewed on Fresh Air on Friday, October 10. You can hear the interview here.
Al Hubin's amazing Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography 1749-2000, a completely revised and updated edition will be published in December 2003 in the form of five folio hard covers in black cloth volumes: The set ISBN 1-55246-501-2. Price: $400.00.
This final edition of "Crime Fiction" is the culmination of more than thirty years of bibliographic research into crime (mystery/detective/suspense/spy/thriller) fiction by Allen J. Hubin. Previous editions of this massive reference work were praised by everyone who reviewed them and were featured on Booklist's list of the Best Books of the 1980s. Now expanded and updated through 2000.
arranged alphabetically (with complete cross-reference to pseudonyms and
* More than 109,000 titles listed.
* First U.S. publisher/date and or first British publisher/date given (or other country publisher/date when not issued in either U.S. or Britain).
* Series characters identified with the stories in which they appear (more than 8600 series/author pairs identified).
* Principal settings given for thousands of titles (480 different settings listed in the much expanded settings index).
* Individual story titles given for 7300 collections.
* Film adaptations identified by studio, year, screenwriter and director (more than 4480 films listed).
* Birth and death dates of authors given, where available, and links to other major reference works provided.
* Alphabetical title, series character, setting, film, screenwriter and director indexes.
the author: Allen J. Hubin was founder and editor of The Armchair Detective";
recipient of two Edgar Allan Poe awards from the Mystery Writers of America,
mystery fiction reviewer (New York Times Book Review, 1968-1971, Ellery
Queen's Mystery Magazine, 1982-1988, and elsewhere), and anthologist.
information, contact the publisher:
George A. Vanderburgh
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fax: (519) 925-3482
There will also be a CD-ROM version available for $49.95 (pre-publication price of $45 is good until 11/1/2003) from Locus Online. Click here for info and order form.
Part of the short list for the CWA Debut Dagger Awards (posted a few days ago) got garbled -- the correct works and authors are Speak No Evil by Avril Genesen and On the Albino Farm by Otis Twelve. Thanks to our old (okay, longtime) friend Kay Mitchell for pointing this out to us. Kay is the organizer for this year's Debut Dagger Awards, and was one of the group of mystery-lovers (and authors) who congregated on the CompuServe Literary Forum where Lynn and I (and MN contributors Steve Miller, Dave Magayna and Sharon Zukowski) first met.
Carolyn Heilbrun, who wrote the Kate Fansler mystery series under the pseudonym of Amanda Cross, died on Thursday, apparently a suicide. You can read the Newsday obituary here and the NY Times obit here. My favorite Fansler mystery has always been The Theban Mysteries, which takes place a a girls' high school that reminded me of my own alma mater.
Congratulations to our fantastic contributor Beth Fedyn, who will be the Fan Guest of Honor at Bouchercon 36 in Chicago. The dates for this Bouchercon will be September 1-4, 2005 (Labor Day weekend).
Updated the conventions page with the Bouchercon 36 dates, with information on a Cornell Woolrich centenary event to be held in NY on December 5th, and to remove outdated listings.
The Crime Writers' Association has announced its short lists for its Daggers Awards 2003. Winners will be announced and the Daggers presented at the CWA 50th Jubilee Dagger Awards Lunch in London on November 13, 2003.
Gold and Silver Daggers for fiction (The winner of the Gold Dagger also receives a cash prize of £3000, of the Silver Dagger £2000.)
The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Half Broken Things by Morag Joss (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Company by Robert Littell (Macmillan)
Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli (Harvill)
Fox Evil by Minette Walters (Macmillan)
The Blind Man Of Seville by Robert Wilson (HarperCollins)
Gold Dagger for non-fiction (The winner also receives a cash prize of £2000.)
Wicked Beyond Belief by Michael Bilton (HarperCollins)
Devil In The White City by Erik Larson (Doubleday)
Imprint Of The Raj by Chandak Sengoopta (Macmillan)
Underworld At War by Donald Thomas (John Murray)
Gang War by Peter Walsh (Milo Books)
Pointing From The Grave by Samantha Weinberg (Hamish Hamilton)
The CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger (For first books by previously unpublished writers. This award is sponsored by BBC Audio. The winner also receives a cash prize of £1000.)
Backlash by Rod Duncan (Pocketbooks)
Mission Flats by William Landay (Bantam)
Dissolution by CJ Sansom(Macmillan)
The CWA Short Story Dagger (The winner also receives a cash prize of £1500.)
"Dollface" by Marion Arnott
"Doctor's Orders" by Judith Cutler
"Les Inconnus"s by Kate Ellis
"Ester Gordon Framlingham" by Anthony Mann
"Closer To The Flame" by Jerry Sykes
CWA Dagger in the Library (This award is sponsored by Random House. Nominated and judged by librarians: the dagger is awarded to an author for a body of work, not one single title. The winner also receives a cash prize of £1500.)
The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger (For thrillers. This award is sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. The winner also receives a cash prize of £2000.)
Persuader by Lee Child (Transworld)
Candlemouth by Roger Jon Ellroy(Orion)
The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman (Transworld Bantam)
The Nightspinners by Lucretia Grindle (Pan Macmillan)
The Company by Robert Littell (Pan Macmillan)
Empire State by Henry Porter (Orion)
Traitor's Kiss by Gerald Seymour (Transworld Bantam)
The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger (This award is sponsored by the estate of Ellis Peters and her publishers, Headline and Little Brown. The winner will be announced at the Savoy on the evening of Wednesday 22 October. The winner also receives a cash prize of £3000.)
The White Russian by Tom Bradby (Bantam Press)
The Advocate by Marcello Fois (Harvill Press)
London Dust by Lee Jackson (Arrow)
Blood on the Wood by Gillian Linscott (Virago)
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom (Macmillan)
The Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer (Century)
The American Boy by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)
The CWA Debut Dagger (This award, for unpublished books, was set up to encourage new writers. It is sponsored by Orion and awarded on the basis of one chapter and a synopsis. The winner also receives a cash prize of £250.)
The Woman From Smyrna by Duncan Brewer
The Third Room by Sandra Charan
Speak Now by Margaret Dumas
The Cuckoo by Kirsty Evans
Speak No Evil by Avril Genesen
Without Apparent Reason by Judy Larkin
The Long Train by Peter Wynn Norris
Lunchbox Hero by Bryon Quertermous
Driftlines by Chris Rose
The Mouths of Men by Melissa Kate Rowberry
Soul of the Desert by Maria E. Schneider
The Amazing GM Dog by Michael Shenton
Days of Future Past by Betty Jacque
On the Albino Farm by Otis Twelve
The latest issue of Plots with Guns includes new stories by Steve Hamilton, Lauren Henderson, Laura Lippman, Eddie Muller, Chris Niles, and Kent Harrington as well as a lot of other great stuff. Click here to read it now.
Great news for fans of British crime TV -- new US-format DVDs of the first season of Cracker and of The Wire in the Blood: The Mermaids Singing will be released this month.I'll be first in line for these two. I don't think I've mentioned the Homicide:Life on the Street first & second season DVD. Watching those early episodes reminded me what a fantastic breath of fresh air TBDSoTV was. The good news is that the DVD of season three will be available at the end of the month
Removed outdated listings from the conventions page..
The movie version of Mystic River opens the New York Film Festival this coming Friday night, October 3, opens in theaters in "selected cities" on October 8 and October 15 nationwide. Click here for the movie's website.
To our subscribers and bookstore customers: due to the combination of Bouchercon and travel for the day job, it's looking as though the October/November issue of Mystery News will be published and mailed a couple of weeks late, in the last week of October. Lynn and I regret this but it seems inevitable at this time. We are not expecting this to delay the December/January issue at all. I'll post an update after Bouchercon.
In the Believe it or Not department, the Library Hotel in New York is being sued by the company that owns the Dewey Decimal System. Really and truly. Read about it in this NY Times article. (Note - the NYT requires registration, which is free)
Belated congrats to Tony Shalhoub for his Emmy for his performance in Monk. Although some of the plots have seemed a bit lame, this series has been an enjoyable addition to the TV schedule.
I discovered that CSPAN2's Book TV program has a web site that includes the TV schedule. You can find it here or on our general mystery links page.
The September 22 issue of Publishers Weekly has a brief interview with mystery writer Rochelle Krich. Click here to read it.
The Mystery Writers of America site has a listing of events for Kids Love a Mystery month. Click here.
The panel schedule for Bouchercon is up. Find it by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. I will be moderating a panel called High Stakes! Gambling As A Writer -- Taking risks with your characters. What are the odds? The panelists are Carole Epstein, Kate Flora, Gregg Hurwitz, Jutta Motz and Jason Starr. We'll be in the Royale 5 Room on Thursday, October 16 at 2:30 pm. What a diverse and talented grou of writers! I hope you will join us.
Mystery News will have a table in the book dealer's room and as we have done in previous years, we are setting up a schedule of "Meet & Greet" signings with some of the authors who've been featured in our pages, as well as some of our contributors. We'll be posting a schedule here and we'll have copies at the table. Please stop by to introduce yourself and say hello. Lynn and I would love to meet you.
Weekly stirs the pot in this week's issue with an article called "Religion
Update: It's No MysteryThese Books Sell" by Marcia Ford.
to read it.
Updated the conventions page to include Mayhem in the Midlands, which will take place May 27 - 30 in beautiful Omaha, Nebraska and St. Hilda's Crime & Mystery Weekend, which will take place next year August 20 - 22 in Oxford.
The September 1, 2003 issue of Publishers Weekly includes a roundup of Fall 2003 Book Festivals. We include a few in our conventions listings and you can see the full article at this link. PW also has a mini-interview of Jim Fusilli, whose third PI novel, Tribeca Blues, will be out in October. Click here to read it.
Is anyone else watching Mystery! The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2? I'm not thrilled with the casting - the actors are great but they just don't look like Tommy and Havers. Still I keep watching..
Updated conventions page to include AZ Murder goes...Britcon, sponsored by The Poisoned Pen bookstore the weekend after Bouchercon, October 25. Attending authors include Mark Billingham, Stephen Booth, Caroline Carver, Lesley Horton, Jane Jakeman, Simon Kernick, Gemma OConnor, Danuta Reah, Zoe Sharp. For information, call 888 560-9919 or email email@example.com. Also added a listing for Love is Murder, which will be held February 6 - 8, 2004 in Chicago. Special guests will include Walter Mosley, Robert W. Walker, David Morrell, F. Paul Wilson, and honoree for Lifetime Achievement, Warren B. Murphy. Among the attending authors is Rob Kantner, a personal favorite of mine.
We've added some new reviews that are exclusive to our Web site and will not appear in the printed version of Mystery News. We hope you enjoy them, and we thank our contributors for allowing us to share them with you on www.blackravenpress.com.
Hunting Season by Nevada Barr - reviewed by Diana Vickery
Green Girls by Michael Kimball - reviewed by Sally Fellows
Dig Deep for Murder by Kate Kingsbury - reviewed by Sally Fellows
Black Out by John Lawton - reviewed by Sally Fellows
The Cross-Legged Knight by Candace Robb - reviewed by Sally Fellows
What's New? is back again! Chris here -- I extend my sincere apologies to our readers who've been looking for updates here. I have been traveling for my day job at a back-breaking pace (can you believe 12 nearly-week-long trips since my last updates in early May?) and have just not been able to keep up. I am updating throughout this Labor Day weekend, and will find a way to stay more up to date going forward.
The August/September 2003 issue of Mystery News was mailed on Monday, August 18th. It features interviews with G.M. Ford (by Lynn Kaczmarek), Carole Nelson Douglas (by Virginia R. Knight), and Rich Barre (by Gary Warren Niebuhr). Steve Miller's "In the beginning" column focuses on Martha Conway, author of 12 Bliss Street, which was published in June by St Martin's Minotaur. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column is Ngaio Marsh, one of my personal favorite Golden Age writers. Dave Magayna contributes audio reviews of recent books by Robert Crais, John Lescroart and Stuart Woods.
This just in -- a correction to the listing in this issue for next year's Mayhem in the Midlands. the charming and talented Susan McBride will be the Toastmaster, not the Fan Guest of Honor. Sheesh, I knew that, but my brain was apparently not working properly when I wrote the wrong stuff. My apologies to Susan and to Sally Fellows & the other organizers of Mayhem, which is a wonderfully small and friendly convention that packs a lot of fun in one small weekend. Susan McBride is the author of Overkill, And Then She Was Gone and Blue Blood: A Debutante Dropout Mystery, due out in February 2004 from Avon.
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced in June that the annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author was awarded to Owen Parry for Honor's Kingdom, published by Morrow. See the full list of nominees here.
Nominations for the Anthony, Shamus, Macavity, and Barry awards (all to be presented in Las Vegas in October) can be found on our awards page here.
Val McDermid is editing an on-line anthology of short stories for the Arts Council England's campaign to Save Our Short Story. At the site, you can read the August stories, Carol's Gift by Denise Mina and The Education Officer by Ali Smith, and sign up to have future stories emailed to you.
Jason Starr is the featured author on the Noir Originals Zine site -- click here to read.
Click here for a cool article on Laura Lippmann at the Baltimore City Paper on-line site.
Tom Fontana, creator of Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz was interviewed on Fresh Air back in May. Click here to listen.
Some sad news...I was very saddened to read of the passing of Carole Anne Nelson, a longtime mystery fan who was very involved with Malice Domestic, who died a week ago as a result of a reoccurence of breast cancer. Her contributions over many years helped to make the annual Malice Domestic convention the vibrant and fun event that it is today. In recognition of her many contributions, Carole Anne has been named Special Fan Guest of Honor at this years Malice Domestic XVI, April 30-May 2, 2004. She was also the Program Chair for the 2001 Bouchercon. Carole Anne's memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 6 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3799 East-West Highway, Hyattsville, MD 20782. The church phone number is 301-277-2302. In lieu of flowers, Carole Anne asked that any contributions in her memory be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church and marked for "The Carole Anne Nelson Missionary Fund". Expressions of condolences may be sent to her son, Matthew Facas, 2114 Queens Chapel Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. A personal note - in addition to her mystery and crime fiction life, Carole Anne was a prolific crossword puzzle constructor whose puzzles were frequently published in the Washington Post. She also taught a class in construction for Prince George's Community College's evening education program. She will be missed in both the mystery and cruciverbalist communities.
The June/July 2003 issue of Mystery News was mailed on Monday, June 16th. It features interviews with Marcia Muller (by Lynn Kaczmarek), Elizabeth Peters (by Virginia R. Knight), Richard Barre (by Gary Warren Niebuhr), and Ray Bradbury (by Thomas McNulty). Steve Miller's "In the beginning" column focuses on Olen Steinhauer, author of The Bridge of Sighs, which was published in February by St Martin's Minotaur. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column is Mildred Davis, winner of the Edgar for Best First Novel of 1948. Dave Magayna contributes four audio reviews.
Malice Domestic has announced the winners of this year's Agatha Awards, which were presented at the Malice Domestic banquet on May 3, 2003 in Arlington, VA.
Best Novel: You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews, Berkley Prime Crime
Best First Novel: In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, St, Martin's Minotaur
Best Non-Fiction: They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang, Crum Creek Press
Best Short Story (tie): The Dog That Didn't Bark by Margaret Maron, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2002)
and Too Many Cooks by Marcia Talley, Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry, Berkley Prime Crime
Best Children's/Young Adult: Red Card: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery by Daniel J. Hale & Matthew LaBrot, Top Publications
Congrats to all the winners and nominees and in particular, special congrats and thanks to Jim Huang for They Died in Vain, which contains my essay on Walter Satterthwait's Wilde West.
The Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards were presented tonight.The winners of the major Edgars are listed below -- a full list can be found at this link to our Awards page.
Best Novel: Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Best First Novel by an American author: The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King (Dutton)
Best Paperback Original: Out of Sight by T.J. MacGregor (Pinnacle)
Best Critical/Biographical: The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction by Mike Ashley (Carroll & Graf)
Best Fact Crime: Fire Lover by Joseph Wambaugh (Morrow)
Best Short Story: "Mexican Gatsby" by Raymond Steiber (EQMM / March)
Our congratulations to the winners and nominees.
Congrats to George Pelecanos, winner of the mystery/thriller LA Times Book Prize for Hell to Pay: A Novel.
The April//May 2003 issue of Mystery News was mailed last Monday, April 21st. It features interviews with C.J. Box (by Lynn Kaczmarek), Fiona Buckley (by Virginia R. Knight), and Robert Crais (by Chris Aldrich). Steve Miller's "In the beginning" column focuses on Barbara Fister, author of On Edge, which was published in November by Dell. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column is Michael Gilbert, a prolific writer of amazing versatility. Dave Magayna contributes audio reviews of a couple of classic mysteries, Georgette Heyer's Behold, Here's Poison and Rex Stout's The Mother Hunt, in "The Sound of Mystery". Sharon Zukowski rounds up the favorite Washington, DC tourist sites of mystery writers who attend Malice Domestic. And we have a review of a mystery for kids by nine-year-old Michelle Babicz.
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Issues pages, as well as Conventions
Have you read The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown yet? Lynn raves about it in the new issue of Mystery News, which is hitting the post office even as I type. In the business section of today's NY Times, Bill Goldstein writes about this novel, which rose to the number 1 position on the NYT bestseller list in an article called "As a Novel Rises Quickly, Book Industry Takes Note". Click here to read.
Thursday's NY Times has a piece by Janet Maslin called "Murder, They Wrote, and Wrote" about the nearly simultaneous publication of books by some of the so-called big guns of the mystery genre. Maslin has strong opinions and she's not at all hesitant to sing the praises of Dennis Lehane's new Shutter Island and to tag Harlan Coben and Jonathan Kellerman as "insightful, sensitive and mild", while dismissing Bob Crais' The Last Detective as "the printed equivalent of formulaic Hollywood thrillers" and noting that Michael Connelly's Lost Light is "B-level Bosch". Click here to read it.
Apparently not everyone is singing the praises of Shutter Island. Click here to read Marilyn Stasio's dissenting opinion.
Walter Mosley answered questions from readers of nytimes.com. Click here to read.
Levenger, the catalog and web company that features wonderful (though often pricey) "tools for serious readers", is sponsoring a cruise from NY to Southampton on the QE2 this fall featuring a number of authors including Dick Francis and P.D. James. Click here for details. Wish I was going...
Click here to listen to Laura Lippmann, Linda Fairstein and David Simon talk about food and mysteries with host Ed Levine at the WNYC-NY website, on a cool new radio program called "Dish".
The Publisher's Weekly site has features on Dennis Lehane Libby Fischer Hellmann, Deborah Donnelly and Roberta Isleib, who bill themselves as the "Sex, Lies and Videotape" tour, along with interviews of Tony Hillerman, Loren Estleman, Jonathan Kellerman, and John Sandford.
Today's NY Times has a Writers on Writing piece by Jonathan Kellerman called "Two Identities, but One Compulsion". You can find it at this link.
The International Association of Crime Writers (IACW) or AIEP (Asociacion Internacional de Escritores Policiacos), as its known in other parts of the world, has a web site. Click here to view it.
There's a new issue of Plots with Guns at , you guessed it, www.plotswithguns.com. Check it out.
Updated the Conventions page to include:
The 10th St. Hilda's Crime & Mystery Weekend in Oxford, England, which will be held September 5-7. This year's theme is Absent Friends & Future Loves: The Golden Age and the Way Forward. The conference chair is Natasha Cooper and the guest of honour will be Margaret Yorke. Speakers wil include: Robert Barnard, Simon Brett, Gillian Linscott, Michael Innes, Keith Miles (Edward Marsden), Jill Paton Walsh, Marcia Talley, Andrew Taylor, Leslie Forbes, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Stephen Booth, Joanna Hines and Christine Poulson. For registration forms and more information contact:Eileen Roberts, St Hilda's College, Oxford OX4 1DY, United Kingdom. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Of Dark and Stormy Nights XXI, the longest-running workshop for writers of mystery and true crime, sponsored by the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, which is scheduled for June 14, 2003 in Rolling Meadows, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Also added a new web link for Cluefest 12, and deleted past events.
If you love film noir and can be in LA in early April, you're in for a treat. American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents Side Streets and Back Alleys: The 5th Annual Festival of Film Noir April 4-16, sponsored by the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. The Festival kicks off with a special in-person Tribute to one of the most acclaimed actors of the noir era, Farley Granger, wholl be making a very rare Los Angeles appearance with screenings of the Alfred Hitchcock classics STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and ROPE, Nicholas Rays THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, and Mark Robsons EDGE OF DOOM. Up-and-coming mystery author Eddie Muller is one of theFestival programmers. Click here for more info.
Updated the Conventions page to delete past events.
For a complete list of the nominees in all categories, click here. Updated the Conventions page to include LA Times Festival of Books and to include dates for Left Coast Crime 15 (February 24 - 27, 2005), and a contact email address for No Crime Unpublished.The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter (Alfred A. Knopf)Living Dead Girl by Tod Goldberg (Soho Press)
One Step Behind by Henning Mankell [translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg] (The New Press)
Hell to Pay by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown and Company)
Reversible Errors by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the following nominees for their annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author:
Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
The Eighth Day by John Case (Ballantine)
Flykiller by J. Robert Janes (McArthur/Orion)
Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown)
Honor's Kingdom by Owen Parry (Morrow)
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 J. Madison Davis and included Cara Black, Richard Esposito, Al Navis, and J. R. Ripley.
will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges:
Professor Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Executive Director of World Literature Today,
Dennis Drabelle, Contributing Editor, Washington Post Book World, and
Canadian author Elizabeth Hay (A Student of Weather), whose works have received numerous awards and nominations.
The IACW/NA will name the Hammett Prize winner on June 14, 2003 at the Bloody Words mystery convention in Ottawa. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.
Today at Left Coast Crime in Pasadena, CA, the following awards were presented:
The Dilys, recognizing the book chosen by the more than 60 Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association members as the ones they most enjoyed selling throughout the year. For a list of Dilys nominees, click here.
In The Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming (St. Martin's)
The Lefty, for the most humorous mystery novel published in the U.S. in 2002.For a list of the Lefty and Arty nominees, click here.
The Hearse Case Scenario by Tim Cockey
Pipsqueak by Brian Wiprud
Buck Fever - jacket art designed by David Baldeosingh Rotstein (author: Ben Rehder)
Today's New York Times includes a review of Peter Robinson's Close to Home. Robinson is the subject of the cover interview of the current issue of Mystery News. And The Guardian has an interview with Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which ranked high on my list of favorites read in 2002.
Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for this year's Agatha Awards, which honor traditional mysteries - books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence; usually featuring an amateur detective, a confined setting and characters who know one another. The Agatha Awards will be presented at the Malice Domestic banquet on May 3, 2003 in Arlington, VA.
You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews, Berkley Prime Crime
Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen, St. Martin's Minotaur
Blues in the Night by Rochelle Krich, Ballantine Books
The Body in the Bonfire by Katherine Hall Page, William Morrow & Company
The Golden One by Elizabeth Peters, William Morrow & Company
Best First Novel
Not All Tarts Are Apple by Pip Granger, Poisoned Pen Press
Six Strokes Under by Roberta Isleib, Berkley Prime Crime
Beat Until Stiff by Claire M. Johnson, Poisoned Pen Press
How to Murder a Millionaire by Nancy Martin, Signet
In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming, St, Martin's Minotaur
Shadows at the Fair by Lea Wait, Scribner
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction, edited by Mike Ashley, Avalon Publishing Group
Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction, edited by Colleen Barnett, Poisoned Pen Press
Kitchen Privileges: A Memoir by Mary Higgins Clark, Simon and Schuster
Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America, edited by Sue Grafton with Jan Burke and Barry Zeman, Writer's Digest Press
They Died in Vain: Overlooked, Underappreciated, and Forgotten Mystery Novels, edited by Jim Huang, Crum Creek Press
Best Short Story
Dognapped by Robert Barnard, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (June 2002)
Devotion by Jan Burke, 18, A.S.A.P. Publishing
What He Needed by Laura Lippman, Tart Noir, edited by Stella Duffy & Lauren Henderson, Berkley Prime Crime
The Dog That Didn't Bark by Margaret Maron, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (December 2002)
Too Many Cooks by Marcia Talley, Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry, Berkley Prime Crime
Best Children's/Young Adult
Whistler in the Dark by Kathleen Ernst, Pleasant Company Publications
Red Card: A Zeke Armstrong Mystery by Daniel J. Hale & Matthew LaBrot, Top Publications
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf
The Secret of the Red Flame by K. M. Kimball, Aladdin Library
The Maltese Kitten: A Sam The Cat Mystery by Linda Stewart, Cheshire House Books
Congrats to all the nominees and in particular, special congrats and thanks to Jim Huang for They Died in Vain, which contains my essay on Walter Satterthwait's Wilde West. To see a list of mystery awards, check out our Awards page.
The February/March 2003 issue of Mystery News was mailed on Tuesday, February 18th. It features interviews with Peter Robinson (by Chris Aldrich) and Barbara Hambly (by Virginia R. Knight). Steve Miller's "In the beginning" column focuses on Cornelius Lehane, author of Beware the Solitary Drinker, which was published in September by Poisoned Pen Press. The subject of Marv Lachman's "Out of the Past" column is Cyril Hare, one of the early practitioners of the legal mystery. Dave Magayna contributes audio reviews of Blues in the Night and Southampton Row in "The Sound of Mystery". And Sharon Zukowski writes eloquently of Acqua Alta in Venice in her latest "Mysterious Travels" column. You can see some of Sharon's Venice photos here. This issue features the lists of our reviewers' Top 5 Books read in 2002.
Updated Bookstores page to include Jim Huang and Jennie Jacobson's new store in Carmel, IN, The Mystery Company, due to open on a limited basis on February 28, with their Grand Opening scheduled for March 7. Regretably, removed Capital Crimes and The Book Shelf, which recently closed. Updated Conventions page to include Bouchercon 2007, which will be hosted by Alaska Sisters in Crime in Anchorage, AK. Updated Back Issues and Authors pages to include info related to the new issue.
We've added some new reviews that are exclusive to our Web site and will not appear in the printed version of Mystery News. We hope you enjoy them, and we thank our contributors for allowing us to share them with you on www.blackravenpress.com.
Black Sunshine by S.V. Date - reviewed by Gayle Wedgwood
Corpse Candle by P.C. Doherty- reviewed by Sally Fellows
At Risk By Kit Ehrman - reviewed by Diana Vickery
The Dead of Midnight by Catherine Hunter - reviewed by Diana Vickery
Death of a Mermaid by Wendy Howell Mills - reviewed by Robyn Glazer
The Truth Hurts by Nancy Pickard - reviewed by Lisa Lundquist
Murder In Hollywood by Helen Rose - reviewed by Thomas McNulty
December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith - reviewed by Sally Fellows
According to Dave Zeltserman, the Winter 2003 issue of Hardluck Stories Zine guest edited by Michael A. Black is now on line and can be found at this link.
The theme for this issue is John D. MacDonald, and Michael has chosen six tough, gritty hard-boiled and noir stories by Gary Lovisi, Tess Collins, Miles Archer, Julie A. Hyzy, Allan Guthrie, and Jochem Vandersteen. Also included is a different type of story by Hal Glatzer and Michael wraps up the issue with an insightful and heartfelt essay on John D. MacDonald.
Michael A. Black has had short stories published in numerous magazines, including Ellery Queen and Hardboiled. His debut hard-boiled PI novel, A Killing Frost, was published last year by Five Star to rave reviews from the likes of Andrew Vachss, Sara Paretsky, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and others.
Yesterday's New York Times had a terrific article about September 11 and NY mystery and crime fictions writers written by Ellen Pall. You can find the article at this link. Access to the Times requires registration, which is free.
The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2003, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in 2002. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the 57th Gala Banquet, May 1, 2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Key nominees are:
Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews (HarperCollins)
Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
City of Bones by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
Winter and Night by S.J. Rozan (St. Martin's Minotaur)
No Good Deed by Manda Scott (Bantam)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHORSouthern Latitudes by Stephen J. Clark (Penguin Putnam)
The Blue Edge of Midnight by Jonathon King (Dutton)
High Wire by Kam Majd (Random House)
Buck Fever by Ben Rehder (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt (Mysterious Press)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINALBlack Jack Point by Jeff Abbott (NAL-Onyx)
The Night Watcher by John Lutz (Pinnacle)
Out of Sight by T.J. MacGregor (Pinnacle)
Trauma by Graham Masterton (NAL-Signet)
Prison Blues by Anna Salter (Pocket Books)
The American Booksellers Association has announced their first Book Sense Mystery Top Ten 76 includes Peter Robinson's Close to Home. Robinson is our Mystery News featured cover interview subject in the upcoming February/March 2003 issue, due out in a little more than a week. Also mentioned is D. Daniel Judson's The Poisoned Rose. Judson was the subject of an interview in our June/July 2002 issue.
Updated the Conventions page to include a web link to the 10th Anniversaty Harriette Austin Writer's Conference July 18-19, 2003.
Updated the Conventions page to include dates and contact info for ClueFest 12, which will be held July 18-20, in Plano, Texas. G.M. Ford and Tony Fennelly are the Guests of Honor and Bill Crider is the Fan Guest of Honor. For information, call (972) 669-9932, fax (972) 669-9932, e-mail ClueFest@aol.com. If anyone knows of a current web site for ClueFest, please let us know.
Updated the Conventions page to include preliminary details of the 1st Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, to be held July 17 - 20, 2003. This new event will be bringing the best of British, American and European crime writers to Yorkshire. Val McDermid is the program chair and has assembled an international celebrity line-up including Jeffery Deaver, Peter Robinson, Reginald Hill, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Frances Fyfield, Simon Brett, Robert Barnard, Denise Mina and Stella Duffy. Colin Dexter will be the Inaugural Guest.
The event will also feature specialists and professionals in the crime world who influence the work of leading authors, industry 'How To..' sessions, social events and late night shows. The full Festival Guide will be available in May. For more details call the Festival Office on 01423 462303 or email: email@example.com.
Awards Chair S. J. Rozan has announced the general guidelines and judges for the Private Eye Writers of America Year 2003 Shamus Awards. The awards will be given for novels and short stories carrying a first copyright date of 2002. The awards will be presented in the fall of this year.
Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2003. Note: No extensions will be given. Eligible works must feature as a main character a person paid for investigative work but not employed by a unit of government. Such would include traditionally licensed private investigators; lawyers and reporters who do their own investigations; and others who function as hired private agents. Such would not include law enforcement officers or amateur, uncompensated sleuths.
Any questions should be addressed to the Awards Chair. Note: authors are permitted, in fact encouraged, to submit books, as publishers have been known to be lax about this
Further guidelines for each category are as follows:
Best Hardcover Private Eye Novel: A book-length work of fiction that is not the authors first published novel.
Best Paperback Original Private Eye Novel: A book-length work of fiction in paperback original form that is not the authors first novel. Paperback reprints of novels previously published in hardcover are not eligible.
Best First Private Eye Novel: A book-length work of fiction that is also the authors first published novel. The intent of this category is to identify and reward a true rookie of the year rather than a published novelist in other genres who has written a private eye novel, even under a pseudonym. A true first novel whether published in hardcover or paperback original should be submitted under this category rather than either of the two above.
Best Private Eye Short Story: A work of fiction of fewer than 15,000 words. Stories first published in an earlier year and reprinted in a magazine or anthology in 2002 are not eligible.
Please contact Awards Chair S. J. Rozan at SJRozan@aol.com or 212-675-3135 with any questions.
Bouchercon 34 has put out the following call for nomininations:
Nominations now are being accepted for mysterys prestigious Anthony Awards, to be awarded at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, October 16-19.
While only Bouchercon attendees will be able to vote on the final ballot, all mystery-readers are encouraged to nominate their favorite mysteries of 2002 for consideration. The 2002 Anthony Awards will be presented at the conventions final event, the Anthony Awards Brunch on October 19.
Nomination forms are available by e-mailing Committee@Book-Me.net, calling (215) 923-0211, or writing Bouchercon at 507 South 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. Bouchercon registrants will receive the Anthony nomination form along with the Winter Update now in the mail. Nominations must be received by March 31, one submission per person. All nominated works must have been published for the first time in 2002. The categories are: Best Mystery Novel, Best First Mystery Novel, Best Mystery Short Fiction, Best Mystery Paperback Original, and Best Mystery Cover Art.
The Anthony Awards are named in honor of William Anthony Parker White, who wrote both crime fiction and reviews under the pseudonym Anthony Boucher. For more information on Bouchercon 34 "Where the Odds Favor Mystery," visit the website: http://www.bconvegas2003.org or call (215) 923-0211.
At Left Coast Crime 2003, the Lefty will be awarded to the most humorous mystery novel published in the U.S. in 2002.The Lefty Award nominees are:
Also at LCC 2003, a new award, the Arty will be given for the best cover art on a humorous mystery novel published in the U.S. in 2002.The Arty nominees are:
The Hearse Case Scenario by Tim Cockey
Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
This Pen for Hire byLaura Levine
The Rival Queens byFidelis Morgan
Buck Fever by Ben Rehder
Pipsqueak by Brian Wiprud
Buck Fever - jacket art designed by David Baldeosingh Rotstein (author: Ben Rehder)
Chopping Spree - jacket iIllustration and design by Jamie S. Warren Youll (author: Diane Mott Davidson)
Faking It - jacket design by Anne Twomey; jacket photography by Herman Estevez. (author: Jennifer Crusie)
Home Sweet Homicide - cover art by Rob Pudim (author: Craig Rice)
Posted to Death - cover art by Matthew McFarren; cover design by Louis Malcangi. (author: Dean James)
You can see the nominated covers at this link
I've finally caught up enough to put up excerpts from the cover interviews for the last 2 issues. You can find excerpts from Lynn's interview with Carol Goodman, author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water at this link. And you can find excerpts from S.J. Rozan's interview with Qiu Xiaolong, author of Death of a Red Heroine and A Loyal Character Dancer here.
Sunday's New York Times had a brief article in the travel section about the San Francisco Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt, which was created in the 1980's by a San Francisco private investigator, Jayson Wechter, as an amusement for his friends. Read the article here (scroll about half-way down the page - and note that the Times site requires (free) registration). More information: (415) 564-9400 or here.
As she has for several years, author S.J. Rozan will be conducting a series of Mysterious Conversations at New York's 92nd Street Y this winter. Her guests this year will be Peter Robinson (Feb 5), James Patterson (Mar 3), George Pelecanos (Mar 30) and Stuart Woods (Apr 13).
Read Oline H. Cogdill's list of the best mystery fiction published in 2002 here. Cogdill's mystery reviews are published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and are syndicated to papers around the US. Cogdill won the American Crime Writers League's Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing reviewing several years ago.
Updated the Conventions page to include info on the Virginia Festival of the Book, which will take place March 19 - 23, 2003 in Charlottesville, VA. Click here to see a list of mystery authors who hae confirmed their attendance at the festival.
The What's New? page is updated regularly by Chris Aldrich, one of the partners in Black Raven Press. Items of general interest to fans of mystery and crime fiction may be emailed to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not send promotional announcements for individual authors or books - they will likely not be used and will likely only cause annoyance. Please refer to our submission guidelines for information on submitting books for review.