Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ngaio Marsh Award: watch this space!

Just a heads-up that I will soon be revealing some further exciting news about the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, in terms of the prize that the winner, to be announced next Friday night at the 2010 The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival, will receive.

Things have been happening in the background, and there should be an official announcement very soon, hopefully tomorrow.

It's exciting times down here in New Zealand for crime and thriller writing. I understand that debutant Ben Sanders (THE FALLEN) may have held his spot at #1 on the New Zealand Adult Fiction bestseller list for the fourth week running, and that his novel may be heading for a reprint already, which is quite rare down here in New Zealand.

Paul Thomas's THE IHAKA TRILOGY (a collection of his three acclaimed crime novels from the late 1990s) has also remained in the top 5 bestsellers. So that's great, that Kiwi readers are giving some locally-written crime a go. Hopefully it bodes very well for our growing canon of good and great crime writers overall....

Also on the horizon, as well as the presentation of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel (for books published in 2009), is the release of another Kiwi crime debutant - Donna Malane's NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize-winning novel, SURRENDER. I'm very much looking forward to reading that, soon.

So, things are very much on the up and up, crime writing wise. Long may it continue!

Thoughts and comments welcome.

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