Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is an organization of mystery and crime writers, based in New York City.[1]

The organization was founded in 1945 by Clayton Rawson, Anthony Boucher, Lawrence Treat, and Brett Halliday.

It presents the Edgar Award, a small bust of Edgar Allan Poe, to mystery or crime writers every year. It presents the Raven Award to non-writers, who contribute to the mystery genre. The category of Best Juvenile Mystery is also part of the Edgar Award, with such notable recipients as Barbara Brooks Wallace having won the honor twice, for The Twin in the Tavern in 1994 and Sparrows in the Scullery in 1998, and Tony Abbott for his novel The Postcard, which received critical accolades in 2009.

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Grand Master Award

The Grand Master Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Mystery Writers of America. It recognizes lifetime achievement and consistent quality. (The award was presented irregularly up to 1978; from 1979 to 2008, it was given to one writer each year. Since 2009, as many as three authors have been honored annually.)

Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s) Year Recipient(s)
1955 Agatha Christie 1978 Daphne du Maurier
Dorothy B. Hughes
Ngaio Marsh
1994 Lawrence Block 2011 Sara Paretsky
1958 Vincent Starrett 1995 Mickey Spillane 2012 Martha Grimes
1959 Rex Stout 1996 Dick Francis 2013 Ken Follett
Margaret Maron
1961 Ellery Queen 1979 Aaron Marc Stein 1997 Ruth Rendell
1962 Erle Stanley Gardner 1980 W. R. Burnett 1998 Elizabeth Peters 2014[2] Carolyn Hart
Robert Crais
1963 John Dickson Carr 1981 Stanley Ellin 1999 P. D. James
1964 George Harmon Coxe 1982 Julian Symons 2000 Mary Higgins Clark 2015 Lois Duncan
James Ellroy
1966 Georges Simenon 1983 Margaret Millar 2001 Edward D. Hoch
1967 Baynard Kendrick 1984 John le Carré 2002 Robert B. Parker 2016 Walter Mosley
1969 John Creasey 1985 Dorothy Salisbury Davis 2003 Ira Levin 2017 Max Allan Collins
Ellen Hart
1970 James M. Cain 1986 Ed McBain 2004 Joseph Wambaugh
1971 Mignon G. Eberhart 1987 Michael Gilbert 2005 Marcia Muller 2018 Jane Langton
William Link
Peter Lovesey
1972 John D. MacDonald 1988 Phyllis A. Whitney 2006 Stuart M. Kaminsky
1973 Judson Philips
Alfred Hitchcock
1989 Hillary Waugh 2007 Stephen King
1990 Helen McCloy 2008 Bill Pronzini
1974 Ross Macdonald 1991 Tony Hillerman 2009 James Lee Burke
Sue Grafton
1975 Eric Ambler 1992 Elmore Leonard
1976 Graham Greene 1993 Donald E. Westlake 2010 Dorothy Gilman

Raven Award

The Raven Awards are recorded in the Edgars Database of the Mystery Writers of America. [3]

Year Recipient Notes
1953 E.T. Guymon Jr. "For his outstanding library of mystery literature"
1954 Harrison Stanford Martland Retiring medical examiner, Essex County, New Jersey
1954 Tom Lehrer "For his mystery parodies"
1954 Dr. Thomas A. Gonzales Retiring medical examiner, New York City
1957 Dorothy Kilgallen Reader of the Year
1959 Franklin D. Roosevelt Reader of the Year, accepted by Eleanor Roosevelt
1959 Frederic G. Melcher On his retirement after 35 years with Publishers Weekly
1959 Lawrence G. Blochman "For long and distinguished service"
1960 Phyllis McGinley Mystery Fan of the Year
1960 Gail Patrick Jackson Executive producer, Perry Mason
1960 Alfred Hitchcock "For his contributions to the mystery genre"
1960 David C. Cook Best Detective Stories of the Year
1960 Ray Brennan "For crime reporting"
1961 Ilka Chase Reader of the Year
1962 The Defenders TV series
1965 Philip Wittenberg "For his long years of voluntary service"
1965 Dr. Milton Helpern "For his work in forensic medicine"
1967 Richard Watts, Jr. Reader of the Year
1967 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "On its 26th anniversary and as the best showcase for mystery stories"
1968 Joey Adams Reader of the Year
1971 Judith Crist Reader of the Year
1975 CBS Radio Mystery Theater Produced by Himan Brown
1975 Royal Shakespeare Company Revival production
1975 Wide World Mystery ABC-TV
1976 Leo Margolies Editor, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine
1976 Eddie Lawrence Reader of the Year
1978 Richard N. Hughes "I Am My Brother's Keeper"
1978 Edward Gorey For the sets he designed for Dracula on Broadway
1978 Danny Arnold Executive producer, Barney Miller
1979 Alberto Tedeschi Publisher of the Mondadori mysteries
1980 The Muppet Show Episode, "Muppet Murders"[4]
1983 Isaac Bashevis Singer Reader of the Year
1983 Sylvia Porter Reader of the Year
1985 Eudora Welty Reader of the Year
1986 Suzi Oppenheimer Reader of the Year
1988 Vincent Price
1988 Angela Lansbury
1989 Shear Madness Longest running off-Broadway play
1989 Bouchercon Annual World Mystery Convention
1991 Sarah Booth Conroy Reader of the Year
1991 Carol Brener "For her skill in selling books to the public"
1992 Harold Q. Masur "For his years of service to MWA as general counsel"
1993 Bill Clinton Reader of the Year
1995 Paul LeClerc President, New York Public Library
1996 Library of America "For their publication of the collected writings of Raymond Chandler"
1997 Marvin Lachman
1998 Sylvia K. Burack Editor, The Writer magazine
1999 Steven Bochco
2000 Harold Augenbraum Director, The Mercantile Library
2001 Enid Schantz, Tom Schantz The Rue Morgue Press
2002 Barbara G. Peters The Poisoned Pen mystery bookstore
2002 Anthony Mason, Douglas Smith Correspondent and producer of "The Fine Print", CBS Sunday Morning profiles of mystery writers[5]
2002 Charles Champlin Book critic, Los Angeles Times
2003 Edgar Allan Poe Museum Richmond, Virginia
2003 Pat Thomas, Ed Thomas Book Carnival mystery bookstore, Orange, California[6]
2003 Otto Penzler The Mysterious Bookshop
2004 Graydon Carter and Vanity Fair "In recognition of their coverage of true crime"
2004 Bowling Green State University Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies,"in recognition of its long-standing work in collecting and preserving detective fiction"
2005 Martha Farrington Murder by the Book bookstore, Houston, Texas
2005 Diane Kovacs, Kara Robinson Founders, DorothyL listserv
2005 Steve Oney Founder, Cape Cod Radio Mystery Theatre
2006 Joan Hansen Creator, Men of Mystery Conference
2006 Bonnie Claeson, Joe Guglielmelli Black Orchid Bookshop
2007 Kathy Harig, Tom Harig Mystery Loves Company Bookstore
2007 Mitchell Kaplan Books & Books
2008 Center for the Book Library of Congress
2009 Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum Baltimore, Maryland
2009 Edgar Allan Poe Society Baltimore, Maryland
2010 Richard Goldman, Mary Alice Gorman Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, Pennsylvania[7]
2010 Zev Buffman International Mystery Writers Festival
2011 Pat Frovarp, Gary Shulze Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minnesota[8]
2011 Augie Aleksy Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore
2012 Molly Weston Meritorious Mysteries
2012 Ed Kaufman M is for Mystery
2013 Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore San Diego, California
2013 Oline Cogdill Mystery fiction columnist and critic[9]
2014 Aunt Agatha's Bookstore Ann Arbor, Michigan
2015 Kathryn Kennison Magna Cum Murder
2015 Ruth and Jon Jordan Crimespree magazine
2016 Margaret Kinsman mentor, teacher, scholar, Executive Editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection
2016 Sisters in Crime organization of women crime writers
2017 Dru Ann Love writer and editor of the blog Dru's Book Musings

See also


  1. ^ "Contact the National Office of Mystery Writers of America". Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  2. ^ "Robert crais and Carolyn Hart chosen as the 2014 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America". Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  3. ^ "The Raven Awards". Edgars Database. Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  4. ^ "The Muppet Show: Season 4, Episode 14 – Liza Minnelli". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  5. ^ Starr, Michael (April 24, 2002). "Starr Report". New York Post.
  6. ^ Takahama, Valerie (October 7, 2004). "Partners in Crime". Orange County Register.
  7. ^ Wilberding, Beth (December 10, 2009). "Buffman receives national mystery award". Messenger-Inquirer. Owensboro, Kentucky.
  8. ^ Hertzel, Laurie (April 16, 2011). "Crime Pays for Bookstore". Star Tribune.
  9. ^ "Contributors". Mystery Scene. Retrieved 2015-07-11.

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A Sleeping Life

A Sleeping Life is a crime-novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1978. It features her popular investigator Detective Inspector Wexford, and is the tenth novel in the series. It was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers' Of America Edgar Award, making it one of only two Inspector Wexford novels ever to have been shortlisted for either of the "big two" crime-fiction awards, the Edgar or the CWA Gold Dagger, despite the series' huge commercial popularity. An Unkindness of Ravens was also nominated several years later.

Deathwatch (novel)

Deathwatch is an American 1972 novel written by Robb White. The book was awarded the 1973 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America.

Its plot features a skilled and successful hunter and lawyer, Madec, who receives a rare permit to shoot bighorn sheep in California's Mojave Desert for seven days. He hires a timid college student named Ben as a guide. After Madec accidentally shoots an old prospector, he realizes that Ben will not help cover up the shooting, and he attempts to silence Ben forever.

Edgar Award

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Eloise Jarvis McGraw (December 9, 1915 – November 30, 2000) was an American author of children's books and young adult novels. She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are Greensleeves, The Seventeenth Swap, The Striped Ships and Mara, Daughter of the Nile. A Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was given to Moccasin Trail in 1963.

McGraw also contributed to the Oz series started by L. Frank Baum; working with her daughter, graphic artist and librarian Lauren Lynn McGraw (Wagner), she wrote Merry Go Round in Oz (the last of the Oz books issued by Baum's publisher) and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz. The actual writing of the books was done entirely by Eloise; Lauren made story contributions significant enough for Eloise to assign her co-authorship credit. McGraw's The Rundelstone of Oz was published in 2000 without a credit to her daughter.

Gina Wickwar credited McGraw with help in the editing of her book The Hidden Prince of Oz (2000).McGraw lived for many years in Portland, Oregon before dying in late 2000 of "complications of cancer." She was married to William Corbin McGraw, who died in 1999. They had two children, Peter and Lauren.

From Holmes to Sherlock

From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon is a non-fiction book by Mattias Boström which explores the history of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock fandom, originally published in 2017. It was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of "Best Critical/Biographical" by the Mystery Writers of America. It won an Agatha Award for "Best Nonfiction" in 2018.The book was originally published in Swedish. The English edition is translated by Michael Gallagher.

Hugh Wheeler

Hugh Callingham Wheeler (19 March 1912 – 26 July 1987) was a British novelist, screenwriter, librettist, poet and translator. He resided in the United States from 1934 until his death and became a naturalized citizen in 1942. He had attended London University.Under the noms de plume Patrick Quentin, Q. Patrick and Jonathan Stagge, Wheeler was the author or co-author of many mystery novels and short stories. In 1963, his 1961 collection, The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow was given a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. He won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical in 1973 and 1974 for his books for the musicals A Little Night Music and Candide, and won both again in 1979 for his book for Sweeney Todd.

Wheeler is credited as "research consultant" for the film Cabaret, though numerous sources list him as co-writer of the screenplay.

Jimmy McGovern

James Stanley McGovern (born September 1949 in Liverpool) is an English screenwriter and producer. He created the television series Cracker (1993–1995), a popular and critical success in the UK, for which he received two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He has also received recognition for The Lakes, The Street and Accused, among others.

List of Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay winners

The following is a list of Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Motion Picture, one of the Edgar Awards awarded to authors and others by the Mystery Writers of America. The "Best Motion Picture" award was first presented in 1946 and was discontinued after 2009.

Maj Sjöwall

Maj Sjöwall (born September 25, 1935 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author and translator. She is best known for the collaborative work with her partner Per Wahlöö on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm. They also wrote novels separately. In 1971, the fourth of the Beck books, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel and was adapted into the film The Laughing Policeman starring Walter Matthau.

Sjöwall had a 13-year relationship with Wahlöö which lasted until his death in 1975.

Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly (born July 21, 1956) is an American author of detective novels and other crime fiction, notably those featuring LAPD Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch and criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller.

Connelly is the bestselling author of thirty-one novels and one work of non-fiction. With over 60 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into forty foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly's 1998 novel, Blood Work. In March 2011, the movie adaptation of his #1 bestselling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent #1 New York Times bestsellers include Two Kinds of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box.

His books, which have been translated into 39 languages, have garnered him many awards. Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004.

Otto Penzler

Otto Penzler (born July 8, 1942) is an editor of mystery fiction in the United States, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City, where he lives.

Rehearsal for Murder

Rehearsal for Murder is an American murder mystery television film starring Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave, and directed by David Greene. The script, written by Richard Levinson and William Link, won a 1983 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. It originally aired on the CBS Television Network on May 26, 1982.

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, (née Grasemann; 17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015), was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.Rendell's best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, was the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. But Rendell also wrote a second type of crime novel that deeply explored the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated. This theme was developed further in a third series of novels, published under a pseudonym - Barbara Vine.

Sapphire (film)

Sapphire is a 1959 British crime drama. It focuses on racism in London toward immigrants from the West Indies and explores the "underlying insecurities and fears of ordinary people" that exist towards another race. The film was directed by Basil Dearden and stars Nigel Patrick, Earl Cameron and Yvonne Mitchell. It received the BAFTA Award for Best Film and screenwriter Janet Green won a 1960 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Foreign Film Screenplay. It was considered a progressive movie for its time.Earl Cameron, who played the part of Sapphire's brother, would appear two years later in another English film dealing with racial issues, the 1961 film Flame in the Streets.

Scott Higham

Scott Higham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning member of The Washington Post's investigations unit. He has conducted numerous investigations for the news organization, including an examination of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison, and waste and fraud in Homeland Security contracting. The Abu Ghraib investigation was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and the series on contracting won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for large newspapers. He has also conducted investigations into spending at Guantanamo Bay and conflicts of interests on Capitol Hill.Higham, Sari Horwitz and Sarah Cohen were awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into the deaths of foster children in Washington DC. Higham and Sari Horwitz are also co-authors of Finding Chandra: A True Washington Murder Mystery. The non-fiction book chronicles the 2001 disappearance of Washington, DC intern Chandra Levy, whose remains were found one year later in an isolated area of the city's 2,800-acre (11 km2) Rock Creek Park. The book was a finalist for an Edgar Award, sponsored by Mystery Writers of America.

Ted Tally

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He adapted the Thomas Harris novel The Silence of the Lambs into the film of the same name, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

The Black Echo

The Black Echo is the 1992 début novel by American crime author Michael Connelly. This is the first of Connelly's Bosch series. The book won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for "Best First Novel" in 1992.

The Naked Face

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The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time

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