Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nominees for the 2011 Hammett Prize Announced

Mystery Book Awards

The nominations for the 2011 Hammett Prize have been announced by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers for literary excellence in the field of crime fiction.

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: Kevin Connolly, Canadian poet and editor; Eileen Hutton, founder of Brilliance Audio; and Paula J. Massood, author of Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences in Film. The winner will be announced during the Bloody Words Conference in Toronto, June 1st through 3rd, 2012. The winner will receive a bronze trophy designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

The nominees are:

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje (Knopf)
The Informant by Thomas Perry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Killer is Dying by James Sallis (Walker & Co.)

(Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare for alerting us to this news.)


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