Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters

Launch of The Lighkeeper's Daughters
by Jean Pendziwol

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing

Elvis the Mountie Dog Steals the Show at the Book Signing
Elvis, Joan M. Baril, customer poet Rob Lem

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Fourth Agatha in a Row - Wow, double wow!

Louise Penny writes to say that her latest mystery, Bury Your Dead, has won the Agatha for the best novel.  Big congratualations Lousie and many thanks for a great read.

Dear Joan
Hope you're enjoying the spring! We sure are. At last.

BURY YOUR DEAD has just won the Agatha for Best Novel at this year's Malice domestic. The only series to ever win 4 Agathas. I am so thrilled. And SO deeply grateful to not only the readers, of course - but my fellow writers, for being so understanding and so generous. And tolerant.

Yippeee!!!

And my fellow Canadian, Mary Jane Maffini, won for Best Short Story! The photo above is of us together!

We had more wonderful news a few days ago. BURY YOUR DEAD has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. It's sponsored by the Crime Writers of Canada. Here's the complete list of nominees for Best Novel:

Michael Van Rooy for A Criminal to Remember; Louise Penny for Bury Your Dead; Mike Knowles for In Plain Sight; C.B Forrest for Slow Recoil; and Jeffrey Moore for The Extinction Club. Wonderful list, but bittersweet. Michael Van Rooy, a wonderful Winnipeg writer was on tour with his book this past winter, when he died. He was in Montreal, and apparently had a heart attack. He was 42 and left a wife and young children. It was and continues to be, a shock.

Congratulations to everyone nominated! The Ellis Awards

Louise Penny.

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