Last night’s Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards featured a lively crowd packed into the Tiger Tiger nightclub, and resulted in four happy winners, a couple of happy “highly commended” authors, and a long-in-the-making announcement from the CWA.
Winners of the four Daggers announced last night:
Dagger in the Library: Colin Cotterill
International: The Chalk Circle Man, Fred Vargas, translated by Sian Reynolds (Harvill Secker).
- Highly commended: Echoes from the Dead, Johan Theorin, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Doubleday)
Short Story: “One Serving of Bad Luck” from Killer Year, Sean Chercover (Mira)
Debut: The Pathologist, Catherine O’Keefe (Canada)
- Highly commended: Backdrop, C.J. Harper (USA)
CWA Chair Margaret Murphy also announced that the CWA has joined forces with Cactus TV to present the Crime Thriller Daggers on October 21st. At that ceremony, which will be televised, the CWA’s Gold, Steel, and John Creasey (New Blood) Daggers will be awarded. This is a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of crime novels and celebrate some excellent mysteries and thrillers. A lot of work has gone into making it happen, and it should be a terrific event.
Here are a few photos from last night’s awards. (Yes, my mug is in all of them… I was the emcee, and the Husband had the camera.)
With the evening’s guest speaker, Mark Billingham.
With nominee for the Short Story Dagger, Zoë Sharp.
With Sean Chercover, winner of the Short Story Dagger for “One Serving of Bad Luck.”
Mark Billingham and I, caught stuffing our faces with canapes after the awards. I said the Husband had the camera. I didn’t say he took flattering photos.