Edgar and Agatha

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, April 26, 2010
It's Edgar Week,

the week when mystery writers celebrate the best mystery writing.  Every mystery writer pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe, so it's fitting that the MWA Awards are known as the Edgars and the week that the awards are announced, as Edgar Week.  And the nominees for Best Novel are:

The Missing by Tim Gautreaux (Random House - Alfred A. Knopf)
The Odds by Kathleen George (Minotaur Books)
The Last Child by John Hart (Minotaur Books)
Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (Random House - Ballantine Books)
Nemesis by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (HarperCollins)
A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)

For a complete listing of Edgar nominees, use this link.

I won't be going to the Edgar banquet, but I do plan to attend the Agents and Editors Cocktail Party on Wednesday evening.  Here's a picture from the 2008 Edgar Week Agents & Editors Cocktail Party.


When we're doing writer stuff (which is to say, writing, and the other stuff we do to fool ourselves into thinking we're writing) we're mostly involved in solitary activities.  But when mystery writers have a chance to get together, the party can get pretty animated (as you can plainly see in the picture).

And then, at the end of the week, I'll be one of the many mystery writers who will make the trek south on 95 from NYC to Washington DC for Malice Domestic.  Malice is a three-day conference for authors and readers, a celebration of cozy mysteries.  I'll be speaking on a panel at Malice and doing a book signing.  On Saturday night, at Malice, the Agathas (named in honor of Agatha Christie) will be awarded to the best cozy mysteries published in 2009.  And the nominees are:

Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett (Berkley Prime Crime)
Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
A Brutal Telling by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan (MIRA)

For the full list of Agatha nominees, use this link.

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