Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Anthony Award Nominations Announced

We will be presenting Anthony Awards in eight categories at the 45th annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention this year in November.  We are delighted to announce the nominees for 2013 publications:

Best Novel:
·         Robert Crais, Suspect (Putnam)
·         Sara J. Henry, A Cold and Lonely Place (Crown Publishing)
·         William Kent Krueger, Ordinary Grace (Atria Books)
·         Hank Phillippi Ryan, The Wrong Girl (Forge Books)
·         Julia Spencer-Fleming, Through the Evil Days (Minotaur Books)

Best First Novel:
·         Matt Coyle, Yesterday’s Echo (Oceanview Publishing)
·         Roger Hobbs, Ghostman (Knopf)
·         Becky Masterman, Rage Against the Dying (Minotaur Books)
·         Kimberly McCreight, Reconstructing Amelia (HarperCollins)
·         Todd Robinson, The Hard Bounce (Tyrus Books)

Best Paperback Original Novel:
·         Chris F. Holm, The Big Reap (Angry Robot)
·         Darrell James, Purgatory Key (Midnight Ink)
·         Stephen King, Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
·         Alex Marwood, The Wicked Girls (Penguin)
·         Catriona McPherson, As She Left It (Midnight Ink)

Best Short Story: 
·         Craig Faustus Buck, “Dead Ends” (Untreed Reads)
·         John Connolly, “The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository” (Bibliomysteries, Mysterious Press)
·         Denise Dietz, “Annie and the Grateful Dead” (The Sound and the Furry, Amazon Digital Services)
·         Travis Richardson, “Incident on the 405” (Criminal Element, The Malfeasance Occasional: Girl Trouble)
·         Art Taylor, “The Care and Feeding of Houseplants” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March-April 2013)

Best Critical or Non-Fiction Work:
·         Maria Konnikova, Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking Adult)
·         Cate Lineberry, The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics  Behind Nazi Lines (Little, Brown and Company)
·         Josh Stallings, All the Wild Children (Snubnose Press)
·         Daniel Stashower, The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the  Civil War (Minotaur Books)
·         Sarah Weinman (ed.), Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives (Penguin)

Best Children’s or Young Adult Novel:
·         Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
·         Margaux Froley, Escape Theory (Soho Teen)
·         Chris Grabenstein, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Random House Children’s Books)
·         Elizabeth Kiem, Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy (Soho Teen)
·         Penny Warner, The Code Busters Club: Mystery of the Pirate’s Treasure (Egmont USA)

Best Television Episode Teleplay First Aired in 2013:
·         “Pilot” – The Blacklist Teleplay by Jon Bokenkamp (Davis Entertainment, NBC, Sept. 2013)
·         “Felina” – Breaking Bad  Teleplay by Vince Gilligan (AMC, Sept. 2013)
·         “Dark Descent” – The Fall Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix, May 2013)
·         “Pilot” – The Following  Teleplay by Kevin Williamson, (Fox Network, Warner Bros. Television, Jan. 2013)
·         “Hole in the Wall” – Justified  Teleplay by Graham Yost (Fox Network, Warner Bros. Television, Jan. 2013)

Best Audio Book:
·         Crescendo by Deborah J Ledford, read by Christina Cox (Audible Studios)
·         The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, read by Robert Glenister, (Hachette Audio)
·         Death and the Lit Chick by G.M. Malliet, read by Davina Porter (Dreamscape Media)
·         Hour of the Rat by Lisa Brackmann, read by Tracy Sallows (Audible Studios)
·         Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell, read by Mauro Hantman (AudioGO)

The Anthony Award nominees have been selected by vote of the Bouchercon membership. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented on Saturday evening, November 15.

Monday, May 19, 2014

I Love Bouchercon!

I love getting a book bag filled with free books. I love going to panels and discovering authors I‘ve never heard of, but can’t wait to read. I love the free book giveaways and author signings. I love exploring a new city or town that I most likely would have never visited had there not been a conference there.  I love getting advanced reader copies of books months before they are available to the public.  I love meeting new friends each and every time I attend, as well as reconnecting with old ones. And did I mention the free books?

The Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Conference, affectionately known as Bouchercon, is more than just a mystery fan convention.  It’s a community of readers, writers, publishers, librarians, bloggers, editors, you-name-its from all walks of life and from across the globe who come together once a year to celebrate their love of crime fiction.  And it’s a blast!

I attended my first Bouchercon in 2002 in Austin, Texas. I didn’t know any one when I arrived, but that didn’t last long.  By night fall I had been invited to play poker, met dozens of authors, had more books than I could carry, and had created more than one friendship for life.  The Bouchercon community had welcomed me with open arms and I was hooked.

I believe in the concept of paying forward or in this case paying back, which is why I decided to chair this year’s Bouchercon in Long Beach – the 45th annual, by the way.  If you haven’t yet registered I hope you do because we have lots of great things planned, as well as a few new tricks up our sleeves.  (Check out our website at http://bouchercon2014.com.)  With Bouchercon now less than six months away, we’ll begin posting regular updates so be sure to check back and over the next month or so many of the authors and bloggers attending Bouchercon are going to tell you about their experiences, on our blog and around the web. .  

I want attendees to get as much joy and laughter, camaraderie and friendship, discovery and adventure, and free books at Bouchercon 2014 – Murder at The Beach, as I have had at other Bouchercons over the years.  This November, Long Beach and Bouchercon will be ready and waiting with open arms to make you feel welcome and we know you’ll be hooked too.

Ingrid Willis, Chair

Bouchercon 2014 – Long Beach