Summertime and the living is anything buy easy in Calgary.
We got the Calgary Stampede: 10 days of western antics and artery-clogging food. Fried dill pickles, anyone?
We got tornado warnings, fortunately downgraded to watches this afternoon. We are still watching the sky.
We got people, including yours truly, taking some time off. So to tide you over until Canada Calling returns next month, here are the 2010 Arthur Ellis award winners—the best of the best in Canadian crime writing. Add them to your summer reading list.
• Howard Shrier for Best Novel (High Chicago)
• Alan Bradley for Best First Novel (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
• Barbara Haworth-Attard for Best Juvenile (Haunted)
• Terry Gould for Best Non-Fiction (Murder Without Borders)
• Dennis Richard Murphy for Best Short Story (Prisoner in Paradise)
• Jean Lemieux for Best Crime Writing in French (Le mort du chemin des Arsenes)
• Gloria Ferris for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (The Corpse Flower): you’re going to have to wait for this one, but I hope it will be published soon.
And if that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Crime Writers of Canada has a sparkling new web site. Come and take a look at it.
See you next month.