I was reminded of that random but influential night today, as I see this year's Arthur Ellis shortlists have just been announced, along with the first-ever Grand Master Award.
Here is the official press release:
Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists, and the winner of the CWC Grand Master Award for Crime Writing in Canada.
This is the inaugural year of the CWC Grand Master Award, intended to recognize Canadian crime writers who have a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.
The 2014 Arthur Ellis Shortlists for Excellence in Crime Writing Best Novel John Brooke, Walls of a Mind, Signature EditionsSeán Haldane, The Devil’s Making, Stone Flower PressLee Lamothe, Presto Variations, DundurnHoward Shrier, Miss Montreal, Vintage CanadaSimone St. James, An Inquiry into Love and Death, Penguin Books
Best First Novel E.R. Brown, Almost Criminal, DundurnA.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife, Penguin Books CanadaAxel Howerton, Hot Sinatra, Evolved PublishingJ. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin CanadaS.G. Wong, Die on Your Feet, Carina Press
Best NovellaMelodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, Orca BooksBrenda Chapman, My Sister’s Keeper, Grassroots PressJames Heneghan, A Woman Scorned, Orca Books 1
Best Short Story Donna Carrick, Watermelon Weekend, Thirteen, Carrick PublishingJas. R. Petrin, Under Cap Ste. Claire, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 2013, Dell MagazinesTwist Phelan, Footprints in Water, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 2013, Dell MagazinesSylvia Maultash Warsh, The Emerald Skull, Thirteen, Carrick PublishingSam Wiebe, The Third Echo, Girl Trouble: Malfeasance Occasional, MacMillan/St Martin’s Press
Best Book in French Chrystine Brouillet, Saccages, La courte échelleJacques Côté, Et à l'heure de votre mort, éditions AlireMaureen Martineau, L’enfant promis, La courte échelleJacques Savoie, Le fils emprunté, Éditions Libre Expression
Best Juvenile/YA Karen Autio, Sabotage, Sono Nis Press Gail Gallant, Apparition, Doubleday CanadaElizabeth MacLeod, Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries, Annick PressTed Staunton, Who I’m Not, Orca Books
Unhanged Arthur L.J. Gordon, Death at the Iron House LodgeRachel Greenaway, Cold GirlCharlotte Morganti, The Snow JobKristina Stanley, DescentKevin Thornton, Coiled
Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a professional organization designed to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers from coast to coast. Members include authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and literary agents as well as many developing authors.