Monday, 9 May 2011

Anthony Nomination!

sunny, glorious day - warm - temps 17

Took a couple of photos - it is so hard to leave here. I even hate leaving to go do groceries.

A beautiful day, made all the more beautiful by the news that BURY YOUR DEAD has been nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Crime Novel in the US! The anthony is one of the BIG awards in the crime writing community, and is given out at Bouchercon each year. The complete list of nominees in the Best Novel category are: (the order was taken from the official announcement) -

Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny - Minotaur Books
I'd Know You Anywhere - Laura Lippman - William Morrow
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin – William Morrow
The Lock Artist - Steve Hamilton - Minotaur
Faithful Place - Tana French - Viking

And here's the link if you want to see the nominees in other categories. The magnificent Mary Jane Maffini, a fellow Canadian mystery writer who won the Agatha a week ago in Washington for best short story, is again nominated in that category. Wonderful.

Thank you, Marjorie, for the link.

As you can see, it's a dastardly strong field! Honestly, if I was going to Bouchercon, I'd be happy to vote for any one of them. Though I think I know what my personal favorite is...

Such a happy day - We also heard that Booklist has named Bury Your Dead one of the top 10 crime novels books of the year.

But - Michael and I are also deeply aware of the flooding situation...both here in Quebec with the Richelieu River and in Memphis. And in Manitoba. Very scary. We're ending emotional sandbags your way.

But I did want to pass on our good news.

Wrote more today. I find my rhythm now is to toss lots of words onto the page, then spend the next day or two fleshing and shaping...then moving on. Like a literary sheriff, whipping the town into shape, then moving onto the next trouble. And sometimes it's happy trials, as they writing goes smoothly.

OK, pilgrim - I've exhausted the simile.


Colombine said...

Félicitations pour cette nouvelle nomination! Que ce doit être motivant tout ça!

C'est joli chez-vous... avec cette belle vue verdoyante.

En effet, c'est terrible toutes ces inondations. Et dire que leur maison ne vaut plus rien ou à peu près. Bien épouvantable :(

Bonne semaine!

A. Wright said...

Congrats on the nomination, Louise. Let us hope "Bury Your Dead" wins as "The Brutal Telling" did last Oct. Those two books are simple amazing and deserve all manner of awards and recognition.


John said...

Of course I echo what Alice said, Louise! Congratulations (and I know what novel I am voting for at Bouchercon!) :-) Keep up the superior work!


Carole said...

At this rate you will need to put an extension on tht beautiful home to hold all the richly deserved awards. Congratulations!


Brenda B. said...

Wonderful news about the Anthony nomination, Louise! Congratulations!

It is lovely to see your pleasure at being nominated for yet another top award. It doesn't get old, eh?

You deserve every accolade.

Best to you and Michael,

Brenda Buchanan

Tia in Oregon said...

Every nomination and every win tell the world what we, your faithful, know - you are a great mystery writer!

linda said...

Hooray for you !

Barbara said...

Congratulations! It is a very strong field, but I'm sure you will win.

darlene said...

How fabulous -- another great nom!I'm sure you'll win.

Your screened porch makes me envious -- not to mention the pool. Gorgeous!

lil Gluckstern said...

Congratulations, Carole said it for me-I was thinking you yould have to have an "awards" room where you can meditate if you are blue, or blocked, or happy. Your writing just seems to get stronger, and more touching. On another note-nature sure is sending us a message, so much damage and and loss. Enjoy each moment.

Cyndy said...

Congratulations! It is a strong field, but that means we are all enriched by so many good books and it somehow elevates the award this go around! Bon Chance!

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi all - thank you for all your support! It sure means a lot to me. Fingers crossed.