Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Awards News: CrimeFest Awards Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced. [Don't forget you can try and win a free pass here.]

From the press release:

STEPHEN KING, IAN RANKIN, PAULA HAWKINS AND MORE FIGHT IT OUT IN THIS YEAR’S CRIMEFEST AWARDS
2016 awards shortlist announced
CrimeFest, the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention, is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Annual CrimeFest Awards. The shortlist includes a mix of established names in crime fiction as well as a host of new talent. 

Crime fiction heavyweights Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Robert Galbraith will be fighting it out in the listener-voted Audible Sounds of Crime Award, with other competition including debut novelist Clare Mackintosh for her breakthrough smash hit I Let You Go, and Paula Hawkins for her international bestseller The Girl On The Train, now a major feature film. Denise Minda and Linwood Barclay are up for the eDunnit Award, along with debut novelist Jax Miller for Freedom’s Child which she wrote whilst travelling round America on the back of the motorcycle. Elly Griffiths, Simon Brett and Christopher Fowler are amongst the names nominated for the Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Finally, Barry Forshaw is up for two H.R.F. Keating Awards, and Adam Sisman has also been shortlisted for his acclaimed biography of John le Carré.

The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May. For full shortlist details, please see below. 

Representing his fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said: 

‘The shortlist for our awards this year is our most exciting yet, with some of crime fiction’s greatest writers up against some of the most successful debut novelists we’ve seen in recent years. To have such a diverse selection of authors spanning crime, thriller, humour, biography and non-fiction on the list is fantastic and showcases the talent out there within the genre! We are all very much excited about seeing who wins on 20th May.’

Peter James, Anne Holt, Ian Rankin and Hugh Fraser are among the top names set to speak at this year’s CrimeFest convention. Close to 500 attendees, including more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fiction fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for a jam packed four days of 65 speaking events and panel discussions.

The CrimeFest programme includes a full schedule of panel events covering everything from a mock-trial debating the hotly contested conviction of Steven Avery in Making A Murderer, to panels discussing topics such as ‘Crimes Against Humanity: Terrorism, War and International Intrigue’ and ‘Deadly Dames: Women As Killers, Investigators And Victims’

This year CrimeFest will be giving four independently published crime authors the opportunity to discuss their work at the Emerging Indie Voices Panel after what has been a landmark year for self-publishing. The convention also includes a Pitch an Agent strand, a literary agent speed-dating session where unpublished authors can present their ideas in a Dragon’s Den style session.   Those wishing to pen their own crime novel can take part in a Crime Writing Day, which includes sessions with agents and editors, optional manuscript assessments and a workshop with bestselling crime writers M.R. Hall and William Ryan.

Finally, Ian Rankin, Susan Moody, Laura Wilson and others will be battling it out in ‘Sorry I Haven’t A Cluedo’ – the ultimate quiz for crime fiction buffs, hosted by Mike Ripley

For the full line-up of authors visit www.crimefest.com/attend.html

THE 2016 CRIMEFEST AWARDS SHORTLISTS
The winners will be announced at the CRIMEFEST Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May.

SHORTLIST DETAILS:

AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2015 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook:
- Rachel Abbott for Sleep Tight, read by Melody Grove & Andrew Wincott (Whole Story Audiobooks)
- Lee Child for Make Me, read by Jeff Harding (Random House Audiobooks)
- Harlan Coben for The Stranger, read by Eric Meyers (Orion Publishing Group)
- Robert Galbraith for Career of Evil, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio UK)
- Paula Hawkins for The Girl on the Train, read by Clare Corbett, India Fisher & Louise Brealey (Random House Audiobooks)
- Stephen King for Finders Keepers, read by Will Patton (Hodder & Stoughton)
- David Lagercrantz for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, translated by George Goulding and read by Saul Reichlin (Quercus)
- Clare Mackintosh for I Let You Go, read by David Thorpe & Julia Barrie (Hachette Audio)
- Ian Rankin for Even Dogs in the Wild, read by James Macpherson (Orion Publishing Group)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.


KOBO eDUNNIT AWARD
The Kobo eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2015. Courtesy of sponsor Kobo, the winning author receives £500 and a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for the eDunnit Award:
- Linwood Barclay for Broken Promise (Orion Publishing Group)
- Judith Flanders for A Bed of Scorpions (Allison & Busby)
- Suzette A. Hill for A Southwold Mystery (Allison & Busby)
- Laurie R. King for Dreaming Spies (Allison & Busby)
- Jax Miller for Freedom’s Child (HarperCollins)
- Andrew Taylor for The Silent Boy (HarperCollins)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.


LAST LAUGH AWARD
The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2015. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for the Last Laugh Award:
- Sascha Arango for The Truth and Other Lies (Simon & Schuster)
- Alan Bradley for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Orion Publishing Group)
- Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Burning Man (Transworld)
- Malcolm Pryce for The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste (Bloomsbury)
- Mike Ripley for Mr Campion’s Fox (Severn House Publishing)
- Jason Starr for Savage Lane (No Exit Press)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.


H.R.F. KEATING AWARD
The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2015. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nominees for the H.R.F. Keating Award:
- David Stuart Davies & Barry Forshaw for The Sherlock Holmes Book (Dorling Kindersley)
- Martin Edwards for The Golden Age of Murder (HarperCollins)
- Fergus Fleming for The Man With the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters (Bloomsbury)
- Barry Forshaw for Crime Uncovered: Detective (Intellect)
- Julius Green for Curtains Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre (HarperCollins)
- Maysam Hasam Jaber for Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
- Fiona Peters & Rebecca Stewart for Crime Uncovered: Anti-hero (Intellect)
- Adam Sisman for John le Carré: The Biography (Bloomsbury)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

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