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Vicki Delaney, interviewed by Brenda Chapman

November 18, 2020
Author Interviews
Vicki Delaney, interviewed by Brenda Chapman

Crime Writers of Canada Member and author, Brenda Chapman interviews Vicki Delany. Vicki gives insight into the cozy mystery and discusses her recent releases.

Vicki Delany is a successful and prolific Canadian writer, author of (so far) 34 published books, both standalones, and series. She is 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.

This is the first installment in a series of interviews featuring Crime Writers of Canada authors from the Ottawa/Eastern Ontario region and hosted by author & CWC Regional Representative of Ottawa Eastern Ontario, Brenda Chapman.

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2020 AE Award Best Crime Short Story: Peter Sellers, “Closing Doors”

October 6, 2020
CWC Annual Awards
2020 AE Award Best Crime Short Story: Peter Sellers, “Closing Doors”

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is pleased to announce the Shortlists for the 2021 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. Formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards, the Awards started in 1984. The annual Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction, and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors.

On behalf of CWC, Judy Penz Sheluk, Board Chair, wishes to congratulate all the finalists. Winners will be announced Thursday 27 May 2021.

Links:

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2020 AE Award-Best French Crime Book: Andrée Michaud, “Tempêtes”

September 28, 2020
CWC Annual Awards
2020 AE Award-Best French Crime Book: Andrée Michaud, “Tempêtes”

WINNER: Andrée Michaud, Tempêtes, Éditions Québec Amériques

Aux alentours de Fall-Jonction, Québec, au pied d’une montagne hostile, apparitions et disparitions étranges se succèdent, troublant les jours et les nuits de Marie Saintonge, venue s’installer dans la maison inhabitée de son oncle, et de Ric Dubois, ghost writer lié à la mort suspecte d’un écrivain célèbre, installé au camping local pour écrire son propre roman. Dans ces lieux, la montagne et les tempêtes qu’elle semble générer exercent une influence mystérieuse sur tout ce qui les entoure. Telle est la trame du roman d’Andrée A. Michaud qui, grâce à une écriture envoûtante, obsédante, développe un univers dominé par une menace fantomatique, incarnation de toutes les peurs humaines. Habile, l’autrice crée des personnages forts et vulnérables, qui résistent contre la folie mais finissent par comprendre que, dans cet univers, toute résistance est vaine. Pouvoir de la nature et folie humaine sont au centre du récit d’Andrée A. Michaud, qui se garde bien de donner toutes les réponses au lecteur. Des parts de mystère demeurent quand on referme le roman, qui nous hante longtemps. Comme les personnages, on n’arrive pas à sortir tout à fait indemne de l’ombre de Cold Mountain.

Disturbing appearances and strange disappearances are taking place in the area around Fall-Jonction, in rural Quebec, troubling the days and nights of the novel’s two protagonists, Marie Saintonge, who has come to live in her dead uncle’s cabin, and Ric Dubois, linked to the suspicious death of a famous writer and trying to write a novel of his own at a local campground. A nearby mountain and the storms it seems to generate exercise a mysterious and menacing influence over everything. In confident and powerful language, Andrée A. Michaud creates a claustrophobic natural world of pure atmosphere in which every human nightmare lurks. The protagonists are a convincing blend of strength and fatal weaknesses, well-suited guides for a narrative in which reason slips and resistance proves futile. Whether it’s irrational nature or human madness that holds the key, readers of this unsettling and ambiguous book are left with the feeling that they too have become acquainted with Cold Mountain and its storms.

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2020 AE Award for Best Crime First Novel: Philip Elliott, “Nobody Move”

September 21, 2020
CWC Annual Awards
2020 AE Award for Best Crime First Novel: Philip Elliott, “Nobody Move”

WINNER: Andrée Michaud, Tempêtes, Éditions Québec Amériques

Aux alentours de Fall-Jonction, Québec, au pied d’une montagne hostile, apparitions et disparitions étranges se succèdent, troublant les jours et les nuits de Marie Saintonge, venue s’installer dans la maison inhabitée de son oncle, et de Ric Dubois, ghost writer lié à la mort suspecte d’un écrivain célèbre, installé au camping local pour écrire son propre roman. Dans ces lieux, la montagne et les tempêtes qu’elle semble générer exercent une influence mystérieuse sur tout ce qui les entoure. Telle est la trame du roman d’Andrée A. Michaud qui, grâce à une écriture envoûtante, obsédante, développe un univers dominé par une menace fantomatique, incarnation de toutes les peurs humaines. Habile, l’autrice crée des personnages forts et vulnérables, qui résistent contre la folie mais finissent par comprendre que, dans cet univers, toute résistance est vaine. Pouvoir de la nature et folie humaine sont au centre du récit d’Andrée A. Michaud, qui se garde bien de donner toutes les réponses au lecteur. Des parts de mystère demeurent quand on referme le roman, qui nous hante longtemps. Comme les personnages, on n’arrive pas à sortir tout à fait indemne de l’ombre de Cold Mountain.

Disturbing appearances and strange disappearances are taking place in the area around Fall-Jonction, in rural Quebec, troubling the days and nights of the novel’s two protagonists, Marie Saintonge, who has come to live in her dead uncle’s cabin, and Ric Dubois, linked to the suspicious death of a famous writer and trying to write a novel of his own at a local campground. A nearby mountain and the storms it seems to generate exercise a mysterious and menacing influence over everything. In confident and powerful language, Andrée A. Michaud creates a claustrophobic natural world of pure atmosphere in which every human nightmare lurks. The protagonists are a convincing blend of strength and fatal weaknesses, well-suited guides for a narrative in which reason slips and resistance proves futile. Whether it’s irrational nature or human madness that holds the key, readers of this unsettling and ambiguous book are left with the feeling that they too have become acquainted with Cold Mountain and its storms.

For more information about the awards: https://crimewriterscanada.com......

For more information about the Crime Writers of Canada:

https://crimewriterscanada.com...

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2020 AE Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript: Liz Rachel Walker, “The Dieppe Letters”

September 15, 2020
CWC Annual Awards
2020 AE Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript: Liz Rachel Walker, “The Dieppe Letters”

WINNER: Liz Rachel Walker, The Dieppe Letters

The judges were thrilled with the quality of all 10 of this year’s finalists and narrowing those down to a shortlist of 5 was a tough task. The finalists ranged from cozy mysteries to dark police procedurals, from a charming young teen puzzle to books that delved deep into the mysteries of the past. We liked them all and look forward to seeing many of them in print in the future.

But the unanimous choice for all three judges was The Dieppe Letters.

From the moment the detective inspector sees a body next to a bombed-out building, we were swept up in the intrigue of war-time London. The historical detail and wonderful descriptions dropped us right into that era and the characters were fully realized, believable, and sympathetic. The author is blessed with a delicious use of language that carefully weaves this story together.

“Of all the novels I have read,” one judge said, “this one will stay with me as a standout (and as a first novel, I still can't quite get over that).

The 2021 Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript is now open. Click for more info:

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2020 AE Grand Master Award: Peter Robinson

May 23, 2020
CWC Annual Awards
2020 AE Grand Master Award: Peter Robinson

The Grand Master Award is presented biennially to recognize a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work who has garnered national and international recognition.

Because of the pandemic, we were not able to present the award at the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala. Instead, the judge's words have been turned into a script and read by voice actor Frank Kierney.

The award art and photos are property of Crime Writers of Canada. All photos of Peter Robinson are used with permission.

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