The Mystery Writers of America announced in a press release earlier this week that the Edgar Allan Poe Society and The Poe House in Baltimore have been been chosen as the 2009 recipients of the organization's Raven Award.
According to MWA's President Harlan Coben, the dual choice of the Edgar Allan Poe Society and The Poe House is doubly appropriate: "Not only does 2009 mark the anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's 200th birthday, but Mystery Writers of America has long-considered Poe a patron saint. In fact, the Raven Award, itself, is named after Poe's famous poem, and our Edgar® Awards -- or 'Edgars,' as they're more popularly known -- are awarded annually to authors of distinguished work." [MBN note: See a list of past winners of the Edgars on Mystery Book Awards.]
The Mystery Writers of America's 63rd Annual Edgar® Awards Banquet will be held next year at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on April 30, 2009.
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