Just a quick heads-up about the 2011 edition of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime novel, which was launched in Christchurch last year. Yes, the Award will be presented again in 2011 (for books published during 2010). The judging panel has been confirmed in the past few days, and will be announced soon. The seven judges, from New Zealand and overseas, will soon consider a shortlist of New Zealand crime novels published last year, and a group of finalists will be announced in the lead-up to an event to be held in Christchurch in late August.
At this stage it is likely that the event will have two high-profile visiting international crime writers in attendance also, which will be fantastic. I will release more details as they are confirmed.
There were some very, very good crime novels released by New Zealand and New Zealand-based authors last year, so I look forward to seeing some of them discussed, highlighted and honoured over the course of the coming months.
Did you read any of the New Zealand crime novels published in 2010? If so, who do you think should win the second instalment of the Ngaio Marsh Award? Comments welcome.