1. 2014 Edgar Award Nominees Announced →

    Sunday, January 19, was Edgar Allen Poe’s 205th birthday; to celebrate the occasion, the Mystery Writers of America announced its nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television published or produced in 2013.

    Having garnered rave starred reviews and listings on many top ten lists, will Louise Penny’s ninth Inspector Gamache title How the Light Gets In finally garner the multi-award-winning author her first Edgar Award? Or will Matt Haig’s genre-blending The Humans steal the show? Stay tuned. The winners will be announced at the 68th Annual Edgar Awards banquet, May 1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

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    (Source: addtoany.com)

  2.  2013 Shamus Award Winners

    The Private Eye Writers of America presented the 2013 Shamus Awards at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Albany, New York. Debut author Michael Sears is on a roll, having been nominated for an  Edgar Award earlier this spring as well as an Anthony Award, for his financial thriller Black Fridays. And Loren D. Estleman, author of the “Amos Walker” series and “Valentino: mysteries as well as numerous stand-alones, was honored with his second lifetime achievement award after receiving the similar Dillinger Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

    Best Hardcover P.I. Novel:
    TAKEN, by Robert Crais (Putnam)

    Best First P.I. Novel
    BLACK FRIDAYS, by Michael Sears (Putnam)

    Best Original Paperback P.I. Novel:
    AND SHE WAS, by Alison Gaylin (Harper)

    Best Indie P.I. Novel:
    WHITE HEAT, by Paul D. Marks

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Loren D. Estleman

  3. It’s happened. I’ve been #libflask-ed. Sending a thank you to the lib-gods for their beneficence! LJ News EditorMeredith Schwartz calls for sacrificial banana flambe.

    It’s happened. I’ve been -ed. Sending a thank you to the lib-gods for their beneficence! LJ News Editor calls for sacrificial banana flambe.

  4. 
thelifeguardlibrarian:

thepinakes:
#libanna in action.

Oh good. It works.

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    thepinakes:

    #libanna in action.

    Oh good. It works.

  5. thelifeguardlibrarian:

Perfect timing, too. #libbanana

I mean, finally.

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Perfect timing, too. #libbanana

    I mean, finally.

  6. pcsweeney:

    Well, I got a lib Banana. Thanks mysterious sender! Do I get a flask too?!

    Patrick conveniently filmed himself opening the mystery package.

  7. Library Journal has been #libbanana-ed. Which is to say, myself and Executive Editor Josh Hadro have been anonymously sent Hutzler Banana Slicers (safe for children!). It seems to have begun on or around February 13, when librarians across the country received unmarked packages from Amazon containing only the aforementioned banana slicer. The packages have continued to arrive since then.

    It’s unclear (so far) whether there is a pattern. Initially the first round of recipients were only men, but has since gone co-ed. Both Ben Bizzle and I, nonlibrarians, have also been included among the libbanana-ed.

    There is one informal list of recipients, this Twitter list I’m now compiling, as well as a Branch discussion tracking this mystery’s progress. There’s also always the Twitter hashtag for the most recent updates. If you have ANY leads, details, information, or theories, do not hesitate to contact me at mmcardle@mediasourceinc.com.

  8. When Colin Campbell Ross was sent to the gallows at the Old Melbourne Gaol in 1922, few would have guessed his name would be cleared by a humble librarian more than 80 years later.

    Kevin Morgan was the librarian, historian and author whose book, Gun Alley, was instrumental to Ross receiving a pardon in 2008 for his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in a Melbourne alley.

    — “The curious case of the librarian and the detective,” from Australia’s The Age.