Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hammett Prize Nominees

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows: John Brady, Islandbridge (McArthur & Company) Joseph Kanon, Alibi: A Novel (Henry Holt) Martin Limón, The Door to Bitterness (Soho Crime) Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men (Knopf) Don Winslow, The Power of the Dog (Knopf) A reading committee of IACW/NA members selected the nominees, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community. The committee was headed by J. Madison Davis and included William Bayer, Cara Black, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Ann Romeo. The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: André Aciman, author of Out of Egypt (winner of the Whiting Writer’s Award) and most recently editor of The Proust Project; Karen Rothmyer, managing editor of The Nation; and Lynn Slotkin theatre reviewer for CBC Radio’s Here and Now and editor of The Slotkin Letter. The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner on June 10, during the Bloody Words mystery conference in Toronto. The winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.