January 26, 2011

Nominees for North American Hamlet announced


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:

Jonathan Eig, Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster (Simon & Schuster)

Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel (William Morrow)

T. Jefferson Parker, Iron River (Dutton)

Olen Steinhauer, The Nearest Exit (St. Martin's/Minotaur)

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 Jillian Abbott and included J. Madison Davis, Robert Knightly, Annette Meyers, and Ann Romeo.

The winner will be chosen by three distinguished outside judges: David Savran (Distinguished Professor of Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center), author of Highbrow/Lowdown: Theater, Jazz, and the Making of the New
Middle Class
; Bonnie Scherr, owner of Baltimore's Ivy Book Shop; and Robin Whitten, Editor of AudioFile.

The organization will name the HAMMETT PRIZE winner on September 20, in Atlantic City, during the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) Fall Conference. The winner will receive a bronze
trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

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.

Website: www.ou.edu/content/gaylord/people/j__madison_davis.html


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