Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

May is National Crime Writing Month

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Arthur Ellis Awards

It's National Crime Writing Month! Check out the Crime Writers of Canada's website,, and search Latest Events and May Author Events for all the latest happenings across Canada. You can also find listings on Open Book's Toronto and Ontario Events pages. At the Crime Writers of Canada website, you can read about the Arthur Ellis Awards, which is the culmination of the crime wave! (See the shortlists below.) If you can't make the events, you can go to and attend virtually instead.

Best Crime Novel

A Criminal to Remember (Turnstone Press) by Michael Van Rooy
Bury Your Dead (Little, Brown) by Louise Penny
In Plain Sight (ECW Press) by Mike Knowles
Slow Recoil (RendezVous Crime) by C.B. Forrest
The Extinction Club (Penguin Canada) by Jeffrey Moore

Best First Crime Novel

The Damage Done (Tom Doherty Associates) by Hilary Davidson
The Debba (Random House of Canada) by Avner Mandelman
The Penalty Killing (McClelland & Stewart) by Michael McKinley
The Parabolist (DoubleDay Canada) Nicholas Ruddock
Still Missing (St. Martin's Press) by Chevy Stevens

Best French Crime Book

Cinq secondes (Libre Expression) by Jacques Savoie
Dans le quartier des agités (Éditions Alire) by Jacques Côté
La société des pères meurtriers (Vent d'Ouest) by Michel Châteauneuf
Quand la mort s'invite à la première (Québec Amerique) by Bernard Gilbert
Vanités (Libre Expression) by Johanne Seymour

Best Crime Nonfiction

Northern Light (Random House Canada) by Roy MacGregor
On the Farm (Knopf Canada) by Stevie Cameron
Our Man in Tehran (HarperCollins Canada) by Robert Wright

Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book

Borderline (HarperCollins Canada) by Allan Stratton
Pluto's Ghost (Doubleday Canada) by Sheree Fitch
The Vinyl Princess (HarperCollins Canada) by Yvonne Prinz
The Worst Thing She Ever Did (HarperCollins Canada) by Alice Kuipers
Victim Rights (Red Deer Press) by Norah McClintock

Best Crime Short Story

"In It Up To My Neck" by Jas R. Petrin in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"The Big Touch" by Jordan McPeek in
"The Piper's Door" by James Powell in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"The Bust" by William Deverell in Whodunnit: Sun Media’s Canadian Crime Fiction Showcase

Best First Unpublished Novel (Unhanged Arthur)

Better Off Dead by John Jeneroux
Uncoiled by Kevin Thornton
When the Bow Breaks by Jayne Barnard

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