Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday Notes

I just had a few important book related items to mention, so I'm interrupting the week.

I'm sorry I missed the original announcement from Publishers Marketplace of the sale of the next book from author, and friend, Beth Hoffman.  Beth is the author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.  Pamela Dorman of Viking/Penguin bought world rights to Beth's next book, Looking For Me, based on a seventy page draft.  According to Publishers Marketplace it will be about “a woman who leaves her hardscrabble Kentucky farm life behind for the seductive world of antiques dealing in Charleston, SC, but is drawn home after her brother’s disappearance.”  And, Beth told me there are two mysteries in the story.  Congratulations, Beth!

In other news,  the nominees have been announced for four awards to be presented at Left Coast Crime in Santa Fe in March.  They are for books published in 2010.  Conference attendees will vote on the awards.  (Me!  I'm going to Left Coast Crime.)

The Lefty has been awarded for the best humorous mystery novel since 1996. This year's nominees are:

Donna Andrews, Stork Raving Mad (Minotaur Books)
Laura DiSilverio, Swift Justice (Minotaur Books/Thomas Dunne Books)
Donna Moore, Old Dogs (Busted Flush Press)
Kris Neri, Revenge for Old Times' Sake (Cherokee McGhee)
J. Michael Orenduff, The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein (Oak Tree Press)

The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award, first awarded in 2004, is given for mystery novels covering events before 1950. This year's nominees are:

Rebecca Cantrell, A Night of Long Knives (Forge Books)
Robert Kresge, Murder for Greenhorns (ABQ Press)
Kelli Stanley, City of Dragons (Minotaur Books)
Jeri Westerson, The Demon's Parchment (Minotaur Books)
Jacqueline Winspear, The Mapping of Love and Death (HarperCollins)

The Hillerman Sky Award is a special award given this year, in honor of the convention's New Mexico location, to the mystery that best captures the landscape of the Southwest:

Sandy Ault, Wild Penance (Berkley Hardcover)
Christine Barber, The Bone Fire (Minotaur Books)
Margaret Coel, The Spider's Web (Berkley Hardcover)
Deborah J Ledford, Snare (Second Wind Publishing)

The Watson is another special award given this year to the mystery novel with the best sidekick. The nominees are:

Sandy Ault, Wild Penance (Berkley Hardcover)
Rachel Brady, Dead Lift (Poisoned Pen Press)
Chris Grabenstein, Rolling Thunder (Pegasus)
Craig Johnson, Junkyard Dogs (Viking)
Spencer Quinn, To Fetch a Thief (Atria)

Congratulations to all the nominees, but especially to my fellow Desert Sleuths, Deb Ledford and Kris Neri.

The nominees have also been announced for the 2011 Dilys Award, “given annually since 1992 by IMBA [Independent Mystery Booksellers Association] to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.” The nominees are:

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime)
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur Books)
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Once a Spy by Keith Thomson (Doubleday)
Savages by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)

The Dilys Award winner will also be announced during the Left Coast Crime convention.

My niece, Elizabeth, who once challenged me to see who could read the most books in a year, has extended the challenge again.  She's in sixth grade now, and quite busy, so we'll see if I can beat her this time.  Elizabeth, I've read 16 so far in January.  And, since she hasn't sent me the picture I asked for, here's the picture.  This is Elizabeth, Fred, and me last August.  Two of us are participating in the reading challenge.

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Jan Morrison said...

You are one busy broad! Who is the lovely goat? This is my first visit - I'm playing Blogger Bingo - I go to my regular sites and then go down five on their blog roll and visit that person. Your blog is on Bronx Tales! Looks like fun...
Jan Morrison

bermudaonion said...

I'm so excited for Beth I can hardly stand it!

What a fun challenge you and your niece have! There are no losers in a contest like that.

Beth Hoffman said...

Wow, Lesa...thanks so much for the shout-out about my next book!

Love the challenge that you and your niece are doing again, the two of you are making a precious memory together.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Jan. The goat is Elizabeth's pygmy goat, Fred. He was a county fair champion this summer, and I got to see both of them compete when I was back in Ohio. Welcome! I hope you enjoy my blog, and come back once in a while.

Lesa said...

Isn't that great about Beth's new book? And, it has mystery in it as well! Plus, she's really eager to get back to working on it. That sounds good, too.

You're right. And, Elizabeth contacted me, asking if I wanted to do it again. That means she enjoys it, too.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Beth. There are a lot of us excited about it. My Mom said to tell you to rest up, so you can get back to work. (grin)

Isn't the challenge fun? If Elizabeth gives me updates, I'll keep people posted.

Kris said...

I'm excited about the Beth Hoffman book! Thanks for all the bookish related news.

Lesa said...

You're welcome! I just had a bunch of book news all at one time, so I compiled it. I'm excited about Beth's book, too!

StephTheBookworm said...

Yay! I just love Beth!

Lesa said...

Beth's pretty special, isn't she, Steph?

kathy d. said...

What a wonderful challenge you and your niece have. It's a great one.

And seeing Fred again makes me wish I had a goat like that; my stacks of papers would disappear, as he'd be consuming them even better than my building's compacter. (But that's not the reason; it's the adorable factor.)

Lesa said...

And, both of us keep track of those books carefully, Kathy. I even have a new mystery to send her.

Since Elizabeth wouldn't send me a picture, I told my Mom I'd use a picture of us with Fred. He is adorable, isn't he?

Elizabeth said...

Sorry it took me so long but their were to many pictures to choose from (there were at least 30). I've read 14 books this year but I've got about 7 waiting for me. :)

Lesa said...

Fourteen books in January is fabulous, Elizabeth! Nice start to the year. And, I hope some of the books were terrific.

Keep me posted. Put a comment on my blog or Facebook once in a while telling me how many books you've read, or if 1 is particularly good.

And, there's one on its way to you.