The 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards, Crime Writers of Canada’s awards for crime fiction and true crime novels published in 2014, were announced last night at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club. Readers and writers came from far and wide. Had a chance to schmooz with Kevin P. Thornton, up for the Best Short Story Award, who trekked all the way in from Fort McMurray, Alta.
So without further ado, here are the winners!
- Best Novel C.C. Humphreys, Plague, Doubleday Canada.
- Best First Novel Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns, Dundurn Press.
- Best Novella* Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
- Best Short Story Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress, McClelland & Stewart.
- Best Book in French Andrée Michaud, Bondrée, Editions Québec Amérique.
- Best Juvenile/YA Book Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man’s Switch, Harvest House.
- Best Nonfiction Book Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder, HarperCollins.
- Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel Strange Things Done by Elle Wild.
Sylvia McConnell, former owner and publisher of Rendezvous Crime, was awarded the CWC’s Derrick Murdoch Award for her belief in the value of Canadians telling Canadian stories.
* The Best Novella Award is given in honour of the late Lou Allin, a member of the CWC board, an award-winning Canadian author and a mentor to many. She was the winner of the first Arthur Ellis Novella Award.