As of today, New Zealand crime fiction and the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel now has an official Facebook presence, with the creation of a new 'fan page' that Facebook users can 'like' and use to comment on the award, potential finalists, discuss New Zealand and other crime fiction, and much more.
The page is just in its infancy, and photos from the 2010 presentation, along with links to news stories, and announcements pertaining to the upcoming 2011 award, will all be added in the coming days. Click here to see the page.
In the meantime it would be terrific if any Facebook-using crime fiction fans, particularly those who are interested in New Zealand crime fiction (as hopefully all of you Crime Watch readers are, at least a little bit) would head over to Facebook and 'like' the new Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel page.
The judging panel for the 2011 award has been confirmed, and a longlist of the books in the running for the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award will soon be released. You will also be able to keep track of other New Zealand and related crime, mystery and thriller fiction announcements and happenings at the Facebook page (eg author visits, New Zealand authors events, Award announcements, etc). I look forward to seeing some of you on the Facebook page in future!