Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Press Release: Robert Crais to Receive Idaho's Bloody Pen Award

Boise, ID (OPENPRESS) February 7, 2007 -- Robert Crais, best-selling author and screenwriter, is the recipient of Idaho's 2007 Bloody Pen Award. It will be presented during the Murder in the Grove mystery conference at the Boise Centre on the Grove, June 8-9, 2007. The Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literature, awards the Bloody Pen to recognize excellence in writing.

Crais, author of the Elvis Cole mystery series and other novels, has received the Anthony, Macavity, and Ross McDonald Literary Awards, and has been nominated for an Edgar. His novel, Hostage, was a 2001 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He has also received an Emmy nomination for his work as a screenwriter. Bruce Willis starred in the film adaptation of Crais’s novel, Hostage. Born in Louisiana, Crais currently resides in the Santa Monica hills with his wife. Crais will give the keynote address after the Bloody Pen Awards presentation during lunch on June 9, 2007 at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

Murder in the Grove will host a number of authors, agents, and forensics specialists who will provide workshops, panels, and manuscript evaluations for conference attendees. A full day writer's workshop, “Empowering Characters Emotions,” presented by the highly acclaimed instructor, Margie Lawson, will open the conference on June 8, 2007. The public is invited to meet Crais, Lawson, and all of the other conference participants at a book and dessert party at 7:00 p.m., June 8, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, Idaho.

Whether you'd like to improve your writing, learn more about the publishing world, or mingle with a variety of mystery authors, Murder in the Grove has something for you.

For more information including all fees, deadlines, registration instructions, and lodging specials, please visit

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