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DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2019

 

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. It is awarded at the discretion of the Board Chair of Crime Writers of Canada. Known as the President’s Award when first presented in 1984, it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch.

 

The Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce its
2019 Derrick Murdoch Award recipient:

Vicki Delany

 

2021 Derrick Murdoch recipient Vicki Delany

Ms. Delany is a successful and prolific Canadian writer, author of (so far) 34 published books, both standalones and series, . She has been a strong supporter and advocate for Canadian crime writers through her work with the Crime Writers of Canada, including serving two terms as Chair of the organization. In that role she built bridges with publishers and producers and forged a strong relationship between CBC and the Crime Writers of Canada.

Vicki has also been a strong advocate for literacy with her books for the Rapid Reads hi/low books for adults. Her work with libraries across Ontario, including with the Ontario Library Association, strengthened ties between writers and the libraries in their communities. She has spoken before the town council of her own community successfully asking them not to proceed with plans to close village libraries.

She has been an inspiration and mentor to a number of Canadian crime writers, especially female writers, and helped them to launch and craft their own writing careers. Finally, she is one of the founders of the Women Killing It literary festival which has become a much sought after and sold-out event in Prince Edward County every year.

For these reasons and many more, Vicki Delany has lived up to the ideals that inspired this award and continues to contribute greatly to the development and success of crime writing in Canada. We are pleased to offer her the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award.

Mike Martin, Crime Writers of Canada Chair, 2018-2020

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DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2021

 

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. It is awarded at the discretion of the Board Chair of Crime Writers of Canada. Known as the President’s Award when first presented in 1984, it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch.

 

The Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce its
2021 Derrick Murdoch Award recipient:

Marian Misters

 

2021 Derrick Murdoch recipient Marian MistersAs co-owner of Toronto’s Sleuth of Baker Street, Marian Misters has been promoting Canadian mystery authors since the bookstore opened and supporting Crime Writers of Canada from its inception. Through hosting book events, always with grace and enthusiasm, she has helped launch and boost the career of many CWC authors.

In addition, Marian served as Jury Chair for the Awards for four years, during which time she streamlined and updated the written procedures for the judges. She was also instrumental in guiding CWC to a new, more diverse, Jury Selection Committee format, and has been active on the Awards Committee for six years. Her insights as an independent bookstore owner have been invaluable.

For these reasons and many more, Marian Misters has lived up to the ideals that inspired this award and continues to contribute greatly to the development and success of crime writing in Canada. I am pleased and honoured to offer her the 2021 Derrick Murdoch Award.

Judy Penz Sheluk, Crime Writers of Canada Chair, 2020-2022

 The Derrick Murdoch Award

 Past Recipients

 

2021 Marian Misters (Co-Owner of Sleuth of Baker Street and past Jury Chair)

2019 Vicki Delany (author, Past Chair, co-creator of Women Killing It conference)

2017 Christina Jennings (CEO Shaftsbury Films)

2015 Sylvia McConnell (creator of Rendezvous Crime imprint)

2013 Lyn Hamilton (Author)

2012 Astolfo-Graves: Catherine Astolfo (author and Past President) and Don Graves (reviewer, Hamilton Spectator)

2011 Allin-Grant: Lou Allin (author, CWC director and Membership Chair) and  N.A.T. Grant (author, CWC director, Web Maevin)

2010 Peter Robinson (author of the Inspector Banks series; CWC past president)

2009 Gail Bowen (author of the Joanne Kilbourne series; active in CWC)

2008 Edward D. Hoch (author of over 900 crime short stories; CWC supporter)

2006 Mary Jane Maffini (author of three mystery series; CWC past president)

2005 Max Haines (“Crime Flashbacks” columnist for the Toronto Star)

2004 Cheryl Freedman (CWC Executive Director 1999 — 2009)

2003 Margaret Cannon (crime fiction reviewer for The Globe and Mail)

2002 James Dubro (nonfiction crime writer and film producer; CWC past president) and Caro Soles (founder of the Bloody Words mystery conference)

2001 L. R. Wright (author of two series set on the West Coast; CWC past president)

2000 Eddie Barber, Rick Blechta, David Skene-Melvin (secretary-treasurers of CWC) and John North (crime fiction reviewer for the Toronto Star; ed. Best of Cold Blood, Dishes to Die For)

1999Ted Wood (pioneer crime novelist and short story writer; CWC past president)

1998 Howard Engel (author of the Benny Cooperman series; CWC founding member and past president)  and Eric Wright (author of Charlie Salter series, 4 Best Novel awards)

1995 Jim and Margaret McBride (West Coast promoters of CWC, ed. In Cold Blood)

1992 William Bankier, James Powell, Peter Sellers (writers and promoters of Canadian crime short stories)

1990 Eric Wilson (pioneer Canadian mystery series for children)

1988 J. D. Singh (co-owner of Sleuth of Baker Street) and Jim Reicker (founder of Prime Crime Books)

1987 CBC Drama Department (adaptations of Canadian crime books as radio plays)

1986 Margaret Millar (Canadian-born author of some 20 crime novels)

1985 Tony Aspler (author of political thrillers; CWC founding member, first president)

1984 Derrick Murdoch (crime literature reviewer for The Globe and Mail; CWC founding member)

 

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