Monday, 9 May 2011
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.