Wednesday, October 11, 2006

MWA Honors Stephen King

Stephen King Named 2007 Grand Master

ImageIt is our great pleasure to announce to our membership that the recipient of the 2007 Grand Master Award will be Stephen King.

The annual Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field and was established to recognize not only important contributions to the mystery field over time, but a significant output of consistently high quality as well.

"As Grand Master, Stephen King is the natural successor to Edgar Allan Poe," says Reed Farrel Coleman, Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. "King is that rare jack all trades who masters all he attempts. He is a fearless writer."

King is an award-winning author of more than thirty books including MISERY, THE COLORADO KID, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, GERALD'S GAME and SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN. His latest novel, LISEY'S STORY is set to be released in October, 2006.

"I'm delighted to be getting the Grand Master Award and to be joining the company of some of my greatest idols and teachers -- people like John D. MacDonald, Ed McBain, and Donald E. Westlake," says King. "The award means a great deal to me personally, because it's an award from people who understand two things: the importance of good writing and the importance of telling stories."

King will receive the award at the 61st Annual Edgar® Banquet to be held on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The "Edgars" as they are commonly known are named after Mystery Writers of America's patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories.

We look forward to seeing all of you at the Awards banquet next April.

1 comment:

Benjamin Potter said...

Congratulations, Stephen King. I came late to reading his writing--I guess mainly because I had him pegged for a wierdo horror writer. Then, after taking time to read (I believe it was "The Green Mile") for the first time, I was mesmerized by the craft of his writing. Good work.