Librarians choose favourite crime writer
The Crime Writers' Association (CWA) has opened nominations for its Dagger in the Library award. Librarians may put forward their choices, and are also being encouraged to register with the CWA at https://thecwa.co.uk/libraries. Nominations may be made here: https://thecwa.co.uk/cwa-dagger-in-the-library.
The 2020 Dagger in the Library went to Chris Brookmyre. He said: "One of the great pleasures and privileges of this job is doing library events, where I find many of the warmest and most receptive audiences. It is one of the things I have missed most during the pandemic, which makes it particularly gratifying this year to feel the warmth from libraries reflected in this way."
The CWA's library champions, Priscilla Masters (England and Wales) and John Dean (Scotland), aim to link libraries with authors who might take part in events, as well as to encourage library users to become part of the Crime Readers' Association.
Masters said: "The role of libraries in helping crime writers to raise their profile is invaluable. They go far beyond just lending books. During National Crime Reading Month - a CWA/CRA (Crime Readers' Association) initiative - and throughout the year they hold talks and panels with authors and promote their work as a result."