Thursday, November 15, 2007

From the MWA

Dear MWA Member:

And the 2008 Grand Master is...

ImageAuthor Bill Pronzini has been selected to receive the coveted title of Grand Master, Mystery Writers of America's (MWA's) highest honor bestowed on an individual. He will be honored at the 62nd Annual Edgar® Awards banquet on Thursday May 1, 2008 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 works in more than a dozen categories.

The Grand Master Award represents the supreme level of achievement in the mystery field and was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre, as well as significant output of consistently high-quality material.

"Bill Pronzini is not only a passionate author and reader of crime fiction – he is also one of the most ardent proponents of the genre," said Daniel J. Hale, Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. "For forty years he has distinguished himself with consistently high-quality writing and editing in all areas of the field, including creating one of the longest lasting detective series ever."

Bill Pronzini started down his path toward the Grand Master in 1969, when he embarked upon his professional writing career. Since then, Pronzini has experienced a prolific career, penning more than 70 novels and non-fiction books, including 32 novels in his popular "Nameless Detective" series and three novels written in collaboration with his wife Marcia Muller (MWA's 2005 Grand Master).

Pronzini is no stranger to critical acclaim for his achievements. He is a six-time Edgar® nominee, including a nomination in 1987 with his wife Marcia Muller for Best Critical Biographical Work, "1001 Midnights: The Aficionados Guide to Mystery Fiction". He is also a recipient of three Shamus awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Pronzini’s suspense novel, "Snowbound", was the recipient of the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policière as the best crime novel published in France in 1988.

Pronzini joins a notable list of previous Grand Masters. Past recipients of this distinguished Award also include: Stephen King, Ira Levin, Mary Higgins Clark, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, P.D. James, Ellery Queen, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene and Agatha Christie.

Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization encompasses almost 3,000 members in three categories of membership that include publishers, editors, literary agents, and screen and television writers, as well as authors of fiction and non-fiction books.


Jeff Meyerson said...

Well, it's about d@mn time is all I can say!

Congratulations, Bill.

Tom & Enid Schantz said...

Way to go, Bill. It's about time. Congratulations.

Todd Mason said...

You'd think they'd get the dates right, though...Bill Pronzini was selling professionally before 1969, that was (iirc) the year he became a full-time freelancer.

About time, indeed!

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I've been calling for this for years, and as Jeff said, it's about time. If you're reading this, Bill, my loudest hooray for you.

Anonymous said...

Well deserved, long overdue!
Art Scott

Andi said...

is there any other comment to offer (ok, some of us, like Jeff and Bob and me, muttering the "what took them so long?" bit) but really is there anything else to say but


I've not been in MWA for a long long time but was in the late-ish 70s, and met Bill then. He's truly my oldest friend in the mystery world. And is is one of our finest writers and has done so damn much to promote and support and advocate for the genre, it's about #$%^*(^%@$^& time.

Jan Grape said...

About @#$%%$#@ time is all I can say, too. I've just never known any writer who consistently writes outstanding, memorable books and short stories. The man stretches the genre, with high-quality work such as he did with SHACKLES, A WASTELAND OF STRANGERS, BLUE LOMESOME and THE CRIMES OF JORDAN WISE. To pick up a "Nameless" mystery is to return to an old friend. I just want to curl up in a comfy chair and get lost reading. He has said many times, (and I'm not exact here) writing is not what I do, a writer is who I am. I'm very proud to call him a good friend.

Congratulations to you Bill. You deserve every accolade.