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2016 Edgar Award Winners Announced

Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Awards (also known as the Edgars), which honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2015.

The winners were honored at the Edgars’ 70th Gala Banquet on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

The 2016 Edgar winners are:

  • Best Novel: Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy (Penguin Random House/Dutton)
  • Best First Novel: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Atlantic/Grove Press)
  • Best Paperback Original: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (HarperCollins/William Morrow)
  • Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully by Allen Kurzweil (HarperCollins/Harper)
  • Best Critical/Biographical: The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
  • Best Short Story: “Obits,” from Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Simon & Schuster/Scribner)
  • Best Juvenile: Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books)
  • Young Adult: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books)
  • TV Episode Teleplay: “Gently With the Women” teleplay by Peter Flannery (George Gently, Acorn TV)
  • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: “Chung Ling Soo’s Greatest Trick,” by Russell W. Johnson (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine/Dell Magazines)
  • Mary Higgins Clark Award: Little Pretty Things by Lori Rader-Day (Prometheus Books/Seventh Street Books)
  • Grand Master: Walter Mosley
  • Raven Award: Margaret Kinsman, Sisters in Crime
  • Ellery Queen Award: Janet Rudolph, Founder of Mystery Readers International

Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award Winners Named

Bryan Borland and JP Howard have been named the winners of Lambda Literary’s Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Awards.

The winners, who will receive $1,000 each, must have published up to two books or one book and an additional literary work such as short stories, essays, or articles to qualify for the award.

Borland and Howard will be recognized at the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony on June 6 in New York City. To learn more, visit the Lambda Literary website.

IPG Adds 27 Publishers

Independent Publishers Group has announced distribution arrangements with 27 indie publishers. Fourteen of the publishers will be distributed by IPG; eight U.K. publishers will be distributed in the U.S. by Trafalgar Square; three academic presses will be distributed by River North Editions; and two Spanish-language publishers will be distributed by IPG Spanish Books.

The 27 publishers are as follows:


  • Ragnarok Publications (began January 1, 2016)
  • Odyssey Books & Maps (began March 1, 2016)
  • Micro Publishing Media (began March 15, 2016)
  • Thorntree Press, NOAH Publications, and RHINO Poetry (all began April 1, 2016)
  • Top That Publishing (began April 15, 2016)
  • Alterna, Self-Counsel Press, Future House Publishing, Sassi Junior, Kuperard, Next Step Test Prep, Amazing People Worldwide (all beginning July 1, 2016)

Trafalgar Square Publishing (all beginning July 1, 2016)

  • Saraband, Sladmore Gallery, Pangolin London, Bowman Sculpture, The Next Big Think, Shogam Publications, Istros Books, and Black & White Publishing

River North Editions

  • Wake Forest University Press
  • Barbican Press and University Press of Quebec (both beginning June 1, 2016)

IPG Spanish Books (both beginning July 1, 2016)

  • Malpaso 
  • Grupo RCA

Barnes & Noble Selected to Operate UConn Bookstore

UConn has named Barnes & Noble as the new operator of all of its bookstores, replacing the UConn Co-op, the student paper reported.

The board of trustees of the University of Connecticut voted on Wednesday, April 27, to outsource store operations at its 10 campuses to the for-profit company beginning June 1. The previous month, the choice of operator had been narrowed down to Barnes & Noble and Follett.

The contract with Barnes & Noble stipulates that revenue generated by the affiliation will go to financial aid and student support. As part of the deal, Barnes & Noble will also open a store in downtown Hartford, next to the new campus the university is building.