Event News: CrimeFest Nominations

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You may have already have seen this on Uncle Tom Cobley’s Crime Blog – let’s face it, you’re usually way ahead of me on these things – but CrimeFest has announced the shortlists for its 2014 CrimeFest Awards. They include a mix of established names in crime fiction as well as new talent.

Let the Control-C key weave its lazy magic:

John le Carré is up against Robert Galbraith and Peter James in the Audible Sounds of Crime Award for best crime audiobook , whilst Val McDermid is pitted against Denise Mina and Anne Zouroudi in the eDunnit Award for best crime fiction ebook.  In the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel category, authors such as Alan Bradley and Shamini Flint will battle for the funniest book crown.   The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 17 May. For full shortlist details, please see below. 

CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller says of the shortlist: ‘It is fantastic to see such a brilliant and diverse range of authors and publishers on this year’s shortlist. Amongst the names are past winners and nominees, but new novelists are also well represented. We are all very much looking forward to seeing who wins on 17th May.

CrimeFest is this year welcoming a host of well-known crime names to the three day convention in Bristol.  Featured guest authors include Mark Billingham, Yrsa Sigurdardottir and Simon Brett, who will be joined by the likes of Ben Aaronovitch, Jasper Fforde, Nicci French, Lars Kepler and Peter James.

The CrimeFest programme includes a full schedule of panel events covering everything from Maureen Jennings and Thomas Craig discussing popular TV show The Murdoch Mysteries, to panels discussing topics such as ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night: Magic, Paranormal & All Things Supernatural’ and ‘Death in High Heels: Women As Victims’. 

Aspiring novelists are also encouraged to attend the CrimeFest Crime Writing Day, which includes a workshop with M.R. Hall and William Ryan, and the annual Pitch-an-Agent event where aspiring authors can pitch their unpublished manuscript to a top line-up of literary agents.

For the full line-up of authors visit www.crimefest.com/attend.html

SHORTLIST DETAILS:

Audible Sounds Of Crime Award                                                                                             

The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2013 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award

 Nominees:

– Ben Aaronovitch for Broken Homes, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Audio)

– John le Carré for A Delicate Truth, read by John le Carré (Penguin)

– Robert Galbraith for The Cuckoo’s Calling, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)

– Peter James for Dead Man’s Time, read by Daniel Weyman (Macmillan Audio)

– Peter May for The Chessmen, read by Peter Forbes (Quercus)

– James Oswald for Natural Causes, read by Ian Hanmore (Penguin)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.

eDunnit Award

The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2013. The winning author receives £500 and a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees:

– A.K. Benedict for The Beauty of Murder (Orion)

– Thomas H. Cook for Sandrine (Head of Zeus)

– Sara Gran for Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (Faber and Faber)

– Elizabeth Haynes for Under a Silent Moon (Sphere)

– Val McDermid for Cross and Burn (Sphere)

– Derek B. Miller for Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber)

– Denise Mina for The Red Road (Orion)

– Thomas Mogford for Sign of the Cross (Bloomsbury)

– George Pelecanos for The Double (Orion)

– Anne Zouroudi for The Feast of Artemis (Bloomsbury)

 Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

Goldsboro Last Laugh Award                                                                                                     

The Goldsboro Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2013. The £500 prize is sponsored by Goldsboro Books, the UK’s largest specialist in first edition, signed books. The winner also receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees:

– Colin Bateman for Fire and Brimstone (Headline)

– Alan Bradley for Speaking from Among the Bones (Orion)

– Colin Cotterill for The Axe Factor (Quercus)

– Shamini Flint for A Calamitous Chinese Killing (Little, Brown)

– Carl Hiaasen for Bad Monkey (Little, Brown)

– Suzette A. Hill for A Little Murder (Allison & Busby)

– Derek B. Miller for Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber)

– Teresa Solana for The Sound of One Hand Killing (Bitter Lemon Press)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers for the longlist, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

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