2011 Anthony Awards Brunch at Bouchercon

Row of Anthony Awards
Row of Anthony Awards, as bleary as many eyes this morning
What is that odd, blurry row of lucite gravestones, you ask?  They’re beautifull etched Anthony Awards, only my phone is not ideal for photos, and I forgot to bring a decent camera.  Therefore, these on-scene pictures are tragically unable to capture the splendor of several hundred people quaffing coffee and scarfing eggs.  (Only half of them were battling raging hangovers, and they did so with dignity and elan, I might add.)  But it proves I was there, doesn’t it?

The brunch marked the final, official event of Bouchercon, concluding with the Anthony Awards so named for Anthony Boucher, noted critic and author.  This award isn’t granted by panel, but by the conference attendees, and I was one of the people running at 5 minutes to 5pm yesterday to get my ballot into the official slot-topped box.   This year, each winner got to select the next category to be called out, so the order was spontaneously detemined.  Without further ado, the Anthony winners. . .

Best Website/Blog:
Jen’s Book Thoughts – Jen Forbus
The Rap Sheet – J. Kingston Pierce
Sirens of Suspense – Chantelle Aimée Osman
Spinetingler – Sandra Ruttan
Stop. You’re Killing Me – Surber/Ulrich

Best Novel:
Bury Your DeadLouise Penny – Minotaur
Crooked Letter, Crooked LetterTom Franklin – William Morrow
Faithful PlaceTana French – Viking
I’d Know You AnywhereLaura Lippman – William Morrow
The Lock ArtistSteve Hamilton – Minotaur

Best First Novel:
Damage DoneHilary Davidson – Tor/Forge
The Poacher’s SonPaul Doiron – Minotaur
Rogue IslandBruce DeSilva – Tor/Forge
The Sherlockian Graham Moore – Twelve
Snow AngelsJames Thompson – Putnam

Best Paperback Original:
Drive TimeHank Phillippi Ryan – Mira
Expiration DateDuane Swierczynski – Minotaur
The Hanging TreeBryan Gruley – Touchstone
Long Time ComingRobert Goddard – Bantam
Vienna SecretsFrank Tallis – Random House

Best Short Story:
“The Frame Maker” – Simon WoodThe Back Alley
“The Hitter” – Chris F. HolmNeedle
“Homeless” – Patricia L. MorinMystery Montage
“Scent of Lilacs” – Doug AllynEllery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2010
“So Much in Common” – Mary Jane MaffiniEllery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2010
“Swing Shift” – Dana CameronCrimes By Moonlight

Best Critical/Non-fiction:
Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks – John Curran – Harper Collins
Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable
Detective and His Rendezvous with American
Yunte Huang – W. W. Norton & Co.
Sherlock Holmes for Dummies – Steven Doyle and David A. Crowder- For Dummies
Thrillers: 100 Must ReadsDavid Morrell – Oceanview
The Wire: Truth Be Told – Rafael Alvarez – Grove Press

Best Graphic Novel:
Beasts of BurdenJill Thompson/Evan Dorkin – Dark Horse
The ChillJason Starr – Vertigo Crime
Richard Stark’s Parker, Vol. 2: The Outfit Darwyn Cooke  – IDW Press
Scalped, Vol. 6: The GnawingJason Aaron – Vertigo
Sickness in the FamilyDenise Mina – Vertigo Crime
Tumor –  Joshua Hale Fialkov/ Noel Tuazon – Archaia Studios
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! 
And since Louise Penny wasn’t present to claim her prize, she may feel free to come claim it anytime from my icy, dead clutches, possession being 9/10ths and all…

Clare Toohey also blogs at Women of Mystery, thanks all of the 2011 Bouchercon folks and staff at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand for their helpfulness above-and-beyond, and thinks every conference should have as much bloodsport, bowling, and boogie.


  1. Neliza Drew

    It was great meeting you!
    Sorrry I missed the Anthony awards. I followed the results by Twitter at various airports.
    I feel like Chris Holm got robbed, but this is perhaps because I thought it was an excellent story, though now I have an excuse to seek out Dana Cameron’s. Perhaps I’ll like it even better.

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