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Newsletter #50 June - August, 2000

        Here we are at the 50th issue of the Newsletter, taking place between Uncle Hugo's 26th anniversary (March 2nd) and Uncle Edgar's 20th anniversary (December 1st). There was a brief impulse to do something really special this issue, but the impulse was successfully suppressed. Maybe for the 100th issue--by then we should have the new computerized inventory system running smoothly.

Award News

        The nominees for the Hugo Award for Best Novel are Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear ($24.00), A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold ($24.00 signed), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling ($19.95), Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ($27.50 hc or $16.00 trade paper), and A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge ($6.99). For a complete list of catagories, check the list posted at the store or look in Locus #472 ($4.95).

        The Nebula Award finalists for Best Novel are Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler ($13.95), The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod ($22.95, $6.99 pb due early August), A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin ($25.95 signed hardcover), Mission Child by Maureen R. McHugh ($6.99), Mockingbird by Sean Stewart ($14.00), and A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge ($6.99). The winners will be announced May 20.

        The 2000 William L. Crawford Award for best first fantasy novel went to Anne Bishop for her Black Jewels Trilogy, which consists of Daughter of the Blood ($5.99), Heir to the Shadows ($5.99), and Queen of the Darkness ($5.99). The runner-up was Elizabeth Haydon for Rhapsody ($24.95, $7.99 paperback due early June). Other recommended first fantasy titles were The Last Dragon Lord by Joanne Bertin ($5.99), The Divinity Student by Michael Cisco, The Shadow of Ararat by Thomas Harlan ($6.99), Shiva 3000 by Jan Lars Jensen ($24.00), The Angle Quickest For Flight by Steven Kotler ($22.00), King Rat by China Mieville ($23.95), The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel ($14.00), and Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith ($5.99).

        The Edgar Awards were announced May 4, 2000 for the best mysteries of 1999. The winners include:
        Best Novel to Bones by Jan Burke ($23.00 signed hc);
        Best First Novel by an American Author to The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison ($24.95);
        Best Paperback Original to Fulton County Blues by Ruth Birmingham ($5.99);
        Best Fact Crime to Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away With Murder by James B. Stewart ($25.00 hc, $14.00 trade paper due mid August);
        Best Critical/ Biographical Work to Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower ($32.50).
        We have the complete list of winners available at the store.

        The Dilys Award is presented by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The nominees for best mystery of 1999 are River of Darkness by Rennie Airth ($24.95, $6.99 pb due early August), Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews ($5.99), L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais ($6.99), Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger ($23.00 signed hc, $6.99 pb due early July), and California Fire and Life by Don Winslow ($23.00).
        The Lefty Award are for the funniest mystery novel. The nominees are Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews ($5.99), Big Trouble by Dave Barry ($23.95), High Five by Janet Evanovich ($23.95, $6.99 pb due early June), Immaculate Reception by Jerrilyn Farmer ($5.99), and Murder Shoots the Bull by Anne George ($22.00 signed hc, $6.50 pb due early June).

        The Shamus Awards are presented by the Private Eye Writers of America. The 2000 nominees include:
        Best P. I. Novel: L.A. Requiem by Robert Crais ($6.99), Monster by Jonathan Kellerman ($25.95), Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane ($6.99), Stone Quarry by S. J. Rozan ($23.95 signed hc), and California Fire and Life by Don Winslow ($23.00).
        Best P. I. Paperback Original: Deadbeat by Leo Atkins ($5.99), Fulton County Blues by Ruth Birmingham ($5.99), The Last Song Dogs by Sinclair Browning ($5.50), Steel City Confessions by Thomas Lipinski ($5.99), and In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman ($6.50).
        Best P. I. First Novel: East of A by Russell Atwood ($6.50), The Immortal Game by Mark Coggins ($25.00), Every Dead Thing by John Connolly ($24.00, $6.99 pb due early July), Maximum Insecurity by P. J. Grady ($12.95), and The Answer Man by Roy Johansen ($23.95).

        The Agatha Award is presented at the Malice Domestic convention. The winners and nominees include:
        Best Novel: Mariner's Compass by Earlene Fowler ($6.50) winner; Immaculate Reception by Jerrilyn Farmer ($5.99), Death on the River Walk by Carolyn Hart ($6.50), In Big Trouble by Laura Lippman ($6.50), and The Flower Master by Sujata Massey ($24.00 signed hc, $6.99 pb).
        Best First Mystery: Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews ($5.99) winner; Circles of Confusion by April Henry ($5.99), Revenge of the Gypsy Queen by Kris Neri ($20.00), By Blood Possessed by Elena Santangelo ($24.95), and Sing It to Her Bones by Marcia Talley ($5.99).
        Lifetime achievement: Dick Francis.

        The Sherlock Holmes awards were given by Sherlock Holmes, The Detective Magazine for distinctive detectives in several sub-genres on March 3, 2000. The winners and nominees were:
        Best Detective Created by a British Author: Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter (winner), Inspector John Madden by Rennie Airth, Inspector John Rebus by Ian Rankin, and Inspector Constatin Vadim by Donald James.
        Best Detective Created by an American Author: Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell (winner), Elvis Cole by Robert Crais, Arkady Renko by Martin Cruz Smith, and V. I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky.
        Best Comic Detective: Marcus Didius Falco by Lindsey Davis (winner), Inspector Jack Frost by R.D. Wingfield, Inspector Hector Mcgregor by Christopher Brookmyre, and Steve Strong by Phil Andrews.

        The Crime Writers' Association has presented the 2000 Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement to Peter Lovesey, and the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for best historical mystery published in 1999 to Absent Friends by Gillian Linscott ($22.95).

        The nominees for the Hammett Prize for best crime fiction published in 1999 by an American or Canadian author are Heartwood by James Lee Burke ($24.95 signed hc, $7.50 pb due early August), L. A. Requiem by Robert Crais ($6.99), In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson ($24.00 signed hc, $6.99 pb due early July), Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smith ($24.95), and Personal Injuries by Scott Turow ($27.00).
        
        The National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Fiction of l999 went to Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem ($23.95).

        Normally, the Minnesota Book Awards have a category for Mystery and a category for Science Fiction/Fantasy. This year, they tossed together four mysteries and one science fiction under the heading Popular Fiction. The winner was Mrs. Million by Pete Hautman ($12.95 trade paperback or $23.00 signed hardcover), and the other nominees were A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold ($24.00 signed), The Reeve's Tale by Margaret Frazer ($24.00), Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger ($23.00 signed), and Sherlock Holmes and the Rune Stone Mystery by Larry Millett ($23.95 signed).

        The nominees for the Bram Stoker Awards for Horror include for Best Novel: Darker than Night by Owl Goingback ($6.50), Hannibal by Thomas Harris ($27.95, $7.99 pb due early June), Low Men in Yellow Coats (the first part of Hearts in Atlantis) by Stephen King ($28.00), Hexes by Tom Piccirilli, and Mr. X by Peter Straub ($25.95); for Best First Novel: Widow's Walk by Steve Beai, Every Dead Thing by John Connolly ($25.00, $6.99 pb due early July), King Rat by China Mieville ($23.95), and Wither by J. G. Passarella ($6.99).
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