Friday, October 10, 2008

And the Award Goes to...

Congratulations, mazel, and felicitaciones to Edward Wright, who won the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel for Damnation Falls!

The Barry Awards are sponsored by Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News, and include the following categories:Best Novel (published in the U.S. in 2007), Best First Novel (published in the U.S. in 2007), Best British Crime Novel (published in the U.S. in 2007, not necessarily written by a British author or set in the UK), best Paperback Original, Best Thriller, and Best Short Story. They were announced last night at Bouchercon 2008.

Ed is no stranger to awards, having won the Debut Dagger, the Shamus Award, and the CWA Ellis Peters Award for his previous books.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

On Politics

For regular readers of the blog, you'll probably have noticed that I attempt a steady neutrality when it comes to non-publishing related matters, with the exception of things like basketball, movies, and coffee.

Today I'm going to break that rule and link to two articles about the election. This will be my only post on the subject, and I hope readers won't be too frustrated by even this one exception. But unfortunately I just can't not write about this today.

I should preface this by telling you that I am an independent - I find myself and my opinions out of step with both Texas (my place of birth) and New York (my place of residence). I'm certainly more conservative than my current friends and colleagues, but also much more liberal than my old pals back home.

I supported Hillary in the primary, for reasons I find unnecessary to get into. Barack Obama is now getting my support and vote in the upcoming election. On the issues that matter most to me he is most in sync with my views, and I believe he can achieve change that is good for our country.

I have always liked John McCain as a person though, even if I didn't agree with him much on the issues. He's always been known as selfless, incorruptible, and a man of his word, someone worthy of and given immense respect by people on both sides of the political spectrum.

But in recent months, and especially in recent days, my opinion of him has faltered. In desperation, he has stooped to tactics that have smeared his reputation with foulness. With fear-mongering, race baiting, and just flat out lies his campaign has tarred his legacy forever.

Here's an editorial opinion from The New York Times that summarizes all of this quite well, and here is a bit more about race baiting.

I thought McCain was better than this.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Client News

Lorrie Bodger will be on The Faith Middleton Show from 3pm to 4pm on Thursday, October 16th to discuss her new book, Cook Up a Cookbook!

Also, congratulations to Joe Starita for his wonderful review in Publishers Weekly for I Am A Man, posted in its entirety below.

In 1879, Ponca chief Standing Bear challenged decades of Indian policy when he stood in a federal courthouse in Omaha, Neb., and demanded to be recognized as a person by the U.S. government. Journalist Starita masterfully portrays the chief's story in this compelling narrative of injustices finally righted. The Ponca, relocated from their beloved Niobrara River valley to the harsh plains of Oklahoma, found unlikely allies in a Nebraska newspaper man and a lifelong Indian fighter. Thomas Henry Tibbles, an ex-preacher and editor, filed a writ of habeas corpus on Standing Bear's behalf, demanding the government show good reason why the Ponca should be deprived of their property, homeland and their very lives without due process, an unprecedented act that forced the government to grapple head-on with whether Native Americans, like the recently emancipated black slaves, were persons entitled to equal protection under the law. Gen. George Crook, an accomplished Indian fighter, supported Standing Bear and Tibbles with a harsh indictment of the very policies he had spent his career implementing. Starita transforms what could have been a dry academic survey of U.S. Indian policy into an engaging yarn, full of drama and sudden revelations.