As reported before, we three authors of The Tattooed Girl were honored to be nominated for a 2012 Edgar Award. The “Edgars” are the equivalents of the Oscars for mystery writers, bestowed annually in a variety of categories by Mystery Writers of America.
The Tattooed Girl was nominated in the Best Critical/Biographical category. It was a very strong field that matched The Tattooed Girl’s commentaries on Stieg Larsson with books on Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, and a book that looked at the role of women in Hollywood detective films. The full list of nominees included:
The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making by John Curran (HarperCollins)
On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling by Michael Dirda (Princeton University Press)
Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (SUNY Press)
Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick (University of Illinois Press)
The award dinner was held in New York last week and, while we didn’t win, it was a celebratory occasion, including a star-studded cast of household names in mystery writing, like Mary Higgins Clark. Some 400 authors, critics, publishers and dedicated fans were assembled in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Hotel in midtown Manhattan, enjoying short ribs Wellington, salted caramel chocolate torte, and many a generous introduction and acceptance speech.
Edgar categories included mystery-oriented plays, TV teleplays, juvenile books, short stories, fact-based crime stories, and first novel by an American author.
The award in our category went to Michael Dirda for his book On Conan Doyle: Or, the Whole Art of Storytelling (click here for excerpts). Dirda, fascinated by Doyle since 5th grade, is the Pulitzer prize-winning book critic at The Washington Post and is well-known and highly respected for his essays, profiles, and reviews. We congratulate Michael and all the other nominees on their outstanding books.