New Giveaways and Crime-Writing Award Winners

This month, I’m taking part in another giveaway of mystery and suspense ebooks. For anyone looking to load up on summer reads, this is an opportunity to sample the work of authors you might be unfamiliar with. Please check it out HERE:

Speaking of crime fiction, on May 27th Crime Writers of Canada announced winners of the Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing awards (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards). I’ve been part of this organization for over twenty years and it’s a great one for crime writers. Their link is HERE:

Now for the winners!

Best Crime Novel: The Finder, by Will Ferguson (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Best Crime First Novel: The Transaction, by Guglielmo D’Izza (Guernica Editions)

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: Stay Where I Can See You, by Katrina Onstad (HarperCollins)

Best Crime Novella: Never Going Back, by Sam Wiebe (Orca)

Best Crime Short Story: “Cold Wave,” by Marcelle Dubé (from Crime Wave: A Canada West Anthology, edited by Karen L. Abrahamson; Sisters in Crime- Canada West Chapter)

Best French Crime Book (fiction and non-fiction): La mariée de corail, by Roxanne Bouchard (Libre Expression)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (fiction and non-fiction): Red Fox Road, by Frances Greenslade (Puffin Canada)

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Non-fiction Crime Book:Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto’s Queer Community, by Justin Ling (McClelland & Stewart)

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript: The Future, by Raymond Bazowski

Congratulations to all the winners!!

A Story State of Affairs

nobel-prize-logo-300x225[1]I’ve never paid much attention to major writing awards. I know they’re important to many writers and other hardworking people in the writing community, but they’ve just never meant that much to me. After reading a headline in CBC News stating that the Nobel prize for literature won’t be award this year due to scandal, perhaps I should be paying more attention.

What the heck is going on? If this was April 1st, I’d take it as a joke. Sadly, it’s no joke. In fact, serious allegations of sexual abuse and financial conflicts of interest, have been exposed.

My first thought was how could this happen? My second thought was why am I being so naïve? Over recent years, a number of institutions have had their seamier sides exposed. Misbehaving members of these institutions are finally learning that they can no longer get away with manipulative, predatory behavior.

The Swedish Academy has been a fairly secretive institution since it began in 1901, and for me, its credibility is deeply tarnished. Members claim they’ll work to clean house and regain their reputation, but will they be successful? Entrenched values, behaviors, and regulations are not always easy to break.

Perhaps the entire Swedish Academy should be sweeping out dusty old traditions and practices to rid themselves of the cockroaches hiding inside their privileged, cloistered world. The windows are opening up and people are peering in. It’s about time. You can find the highly interesting CBC article HERE.