Saturday, March 22, 2008

Coming Soon: The Edgar Awards

Up here in Vermont the snow is persistent -- arriving day after day, but at least in smaller amounts. Bright sunshine will defeat it yet... we hope!

At any rate, we do expect spring, and May 1 is actually just about six weeks away. That's the date for the banquet of the Mystery Writers of America, when Grand Master Bill Pronzini gets a fitting salute, and the 2008 Edgar Awards will be announced (and the Raven Awards, including one to fellow mystery bookseller Kate Mattes, will be given).

Here's the most significant list, the nominees lined up for the Best Novel Award:

* Christine Falls by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt and Company)
* Priest by Ken Bruen (St. Martin's Minotaur)
* The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
* Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Bleak House Books)
* Down River by John Hart (St. Martin's Minotaur)

A challenge from us to you: Let's read them all before May 1. I've already posted a review of DOWN RIVER, and Dave has sold multiple copies of THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION through his unqualified enthusiasm. If you've read all five, drop us a line with your forecast of the award winner.

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