Arthur Ellis shortlist unveiled

The shortlist for the Arthur Ellis Awards, Canada’s crime fiction and non-fiction awards,

The Arthur, presented to winners of Crime Writers of Canada's annual awards.

The Arthur, presented to winners of Crime Writers of Canada’s annual awards.

was announced in three Canadian cities last night. I was at the Toronto unveiling at the Bloor-Bay Indigo store, and an exciting evening it was rubbing elbows with the stars of the genre who are based in southwestern Ontario.

Here are the hopefuls who are up for the awards that will be presented May 28 at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club:

Best Novel

  • Brenda Chapman, Cold Mourning, Dundurn Press
  • Barbara Fradkin, None so Blind, Dundurn Press
  • C.C. Humphreys, Plague, Doubleday Canada
  • Maureen Jennings, No Known Grave, McClelland & Stewart
  • Alen Mattich, Killing Pilgrim, House of Anansi

Best First Novel

  • Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill, Touchwood Editions
  • Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns, Dundurn Press
  • M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions
  • Eve McBride, No Worst, There Is None, Dundurn Press
  • Sam Wiebe, Last of the Independents, Dundurn Press

Best Novella

  • Rick Blechta, The Boom Room, Orca Book Publishers
  • Vicki Delany, Juba Good, Orca Book Publishers
  • Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong, House of Anansi
  • Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Best Short Story

  • Margaret Atwood, “Stone Mattress,” McClelland & Stewart
  • Melodie Campbell, “Hook, Line and Sinker,” Northword Literary Journal
  • Peter Clement, “Therapy,” Belgrave House
  • Madona Skaff, “First Impressions,” The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime
  • Kevin P. Thornton, “Writers Block,” World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

Best Book in French

  • Hervé Gagnon, Jack: Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Expression noir / Groupe librex
  • Andrée Michaud, Bondrée, Editions Québec Amérique
  • Maryse Rouy, Meurtre à l’hôtel Despréaux, Édition Druide
  • Richard Ste Marie, Repentirs, Alire

Best Juvenile/YA Book

  • Michael Betcherman, Face-Off, Penguin Canada
  • Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man’s Switch, Harvest House
  • S.J. Laidlaw, The Voice Inside My Head, Tundra Books
  • Norah McClintock, About That Night, Orca Book Publishers
  • Jeyn Roberts, The Bodies We Wear, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Best Non-fiction Book

  • Bob Deasy (with Mark Ebner), Being Uncle Charlie, Penguin Random House
  • Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder, HarperCollins
  • Joan McEwen, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry, Heritage House
  • Bill Reynolds, Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling, ECW Press
  • Paula Todd, Extreme Mean, McClelland & Stewart

Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

  • Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred
  • Full Curl by Dave Butler
  • Crisis Point by Dwayne Clayden
  • Afghan Redemption by Bill Prentice
  • Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based journalist and fiction writer.
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