Jim Madison Davis

Jim Madison Davis

Prof. Jim Madison Davis is the author of several crime novels and several nonfiction books, including the forthcoming Van Gogh Conspiracy. A President Worldwide of the International Association of Crime Writers, he teaches novel and filmscript writing in the Professional Writing Program of the Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.

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.

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2010. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 65th Gala Banquet, April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Cheryl Freedman of the Bloody Words conference in Toronto reports a date change for the 2012 conference which will also host the 2012 AIEP congress. The dates are June 1 to June 3, not the previously announced dates. The conference will still be held at the Toronto Hilton and its overall theme is thrillers.

The plans for AIEP’s annual meeting are well underway thanks to Jutta Motz and her Swiss colleagues. AIEP will be meeting concurrently with the Swiss Crime Fiction Festival, the Mordstage, June 8-11, 2011, in Zürich, Switzerland. Event organizers include AIEP and Mordstage Schweiz, with co-organizers the Institute of Popular Culture Studies, University of Zürich and the Zürich City Police. All members of AIEP are invited to attend our first meeting in this great city. More details will be sent out as available.

Full minutes of the June 4 and 5 meetings of AIEP in Oklahoma will be provided at this site later, but highlights follow. President J. Madison Davis reported on the progress with the website and delegates got a glimpse of the new website, designed by Roland van Wanrooy who also is the webmaster of the Genootschap de Vlaamse Misdaadauteurs (the Flemish Crime Writers Association). Members are encouraged to submit articles and commentary to Davis for inclusion on the website. All opinions and languages are welcomed.

For anyone raised during the Cold War, the city of Berlin is a legendary place made even more legendary by the novels it inspired. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Funeral in Berlin, The Good German, and so many others have turned imaginary Berlin into as significant a place in crime writing as Chandlerian Los Angeles.

June 4 was one of the hottest days on record in Oklahoma City and Norman. Despite that, for most of AIEP's meetings in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, the delegates were crossing their arms against the cold. One thing for sure, the air conditioning in the new Gaylord College is incredibly efficient.

The first time I met Stuart Kaminsky was in Spain, about twenty years ago. I was new to the mystery game and basking in the warm greetings to my first novel when I was invited to attend the Semana Negra, that grand carnival held each year to celebrate the black or crime novel. Authors from around the world gathered in Madrid and got aboard the black train for the long ride to Gijon on the northern coast. The train was a special one, normally set aside for the king of Spain, with beautiful woodwork, linen-covered dining tables, and free-flowing wine.

Search the phrase Belgian crime writing on the Internet and thousands of references to Georges Simenon pop up, even though Simenon spent most of his life in France and a lengthy period in the United States. As with Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot, most of us need to be reminded that Simenon was in fact born Belgian and not French. Because of the cultural connection between southern Belgium and France we also often overlook the rich culture of northern Belgium, or Flanders.

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  • José Latour was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 24, 1940. He started reading at…
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  • Sandra Balzo turned to mystery writing after twenty years in corporate public relations, event management…

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