CWA Dagger in the Library
Crime fans everywhere can nominate their favourite authors online and the ten authors with the most votes will make up the longlist. The response received last year was staggering, with 1,384 crime fans voting for 636 different authors, highlighting the extraordinary quality and variety in crime writing.
Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work and is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955. This year’s shortlist and winner will decided by a panel of judges including previous winner Sharon Bolton, CWA Director Lucy Santos and a panel of UK librarians.
Nominations closed on Monday 14th April and the 2015 winner will be announced at the CWA Awards Dinner on the 30th June.
This year's winner
Christopher Fowler is the multi award-winning author of over thirty novels and twelve short story collections, including Roofworld, Spanky, Calabash, Hell Train and ten Bryant & May mystery novels. He currently writes a weekly column in the Independent on Sunday and reviews for the Financial Times. He lives in King’s Cross in London.
A real discovery for the judges this year, Fowler’s Bryant and May series has become a firm favourite with the judges who enjoyed reading about the irascible duo and the fascinating details Fowler uses about his locations.
Mobeena Khan (chair) is a Stock and Reader Development Librarian for Hertfordshire Libraries. The first crime book she remembers reading was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes when she was eight. She hasn’t stopped reading crime fiction since. And still loves Sherlock Holmes
Stewart Bain has spent a decade working at Orkney Library & Archive, which has kept people in the isles reading since 1683. He does Reader Development at the library and is responsible for the award-winning @OrkneyLibrary Twitter feed. He helps run the Saturday Slaughters crime reading group and is determined to stop procrastinating and finish his Open University Literature degree at some point in the not-too-distant future. Likes biscuits.
Jennifer Stewart is a Service Development Librarian with Fife Cultural Trust, and has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, passing on her passion for reading to anyone who is willing to listen! She is regularly to be found mixing with all sorts of criminal types via the pages of a book, and loves discovering new crime writers.
Sue Wilkinson has worked in public libraries for more than 40 years and is Events and Engagement Manager at the Library of Birmingham. Before taking up this post, she was a prison librarian for many years. Having spent a lot of time with the real thing, she finds crime fiction much more entertaining, and is looking forward to discovering new writers and crime genres.
Lucy Santos has been Director of the Crime Writers’ Association since 2013. She has worked with authors for over ten years and was previously secretary of The Authors’ Club. She also manages the administration for the Historical Writers’ Association and runs her own business helping authors manage their online presence.
Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.
Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.