Howard Engel, 1931-2019
One of the founders of Crime Writers of Canada, a prolific author, former CBC producer, and the inaugeral recipient of the CWC Grand Master Award, Howard's passing marked a sad day for the crime writing community.
Since his first book, Suicide Murders, introduced P.I. Benny Cooperman in 1980, his detective series has garnered both national and international recognition. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including 1985 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, the 1990 Harbourfront Festival Prize for Canadian Literature, the 1998 Derrick Murdoch Award and the 2005 Writer’s Trust Of Canada Matt Cohen Award. He was chosen as the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor for University College at the University of Toronto and in 2007 named to the Order of Canada.
His books have been published in over 20 countries and two have been adapted for TV films.