Louise Penny nominated for 2014 Edgar Awards
Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards. Named in honour of Edgar Allan Poe, the Edgars are widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the mystery genre. Among the 2014 nominees is Canadian mystery-writer and CBC alumni Louise Penny.
This morning CBC Montreal’s arts reporter Jeanette Kelly caught up with Louise as she celebrated her nomination at a Montreal diner. Despite winning numerous awards in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States since publishing her first novel, Still Life, this is her first time being nominated for an Edgar. Penny says she waited every year around this time, “like one of those Oscar people”, and every year she was disappointed. This year she says she had given up and wasn’t scanning for the nominations. She was sitting in a doctor’s office yesterday and got a call from her publisher to say she’d been nominated. “It was unfortunate,” says Penny, “because I could neither scream, nor yell, a whole bunch of swear words—which is what I really wanted to do!”
This nomination for Best Novel is for Penny’s 2013 work How the Light Gets In. When asked why this book was nominated she says it could be a number of factors. But she points out that the Edgars normally nominate the more tradition mysteries and “it may have taken them a little while to soften to my type of book.”
Louise Penny is not the only Canadian on this prestigious list. E.R. Brown made it as well for Almost Criminal, his first novel. Congratulations E.R.!
The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the Gala Banquet, May 1, 2014 in New York City.
Take a listen to Jeanette's conversation with Louise Penny.