The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, popularly known as the Edgars, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. Since the 1950s, they’ve honored the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television. Past winners include leading authors like Raymond Chandler, John Le Carre, Dick Francis, Elmore Leonard, Dennis Lehane and Stephen King. FOSEL’s second display of Award Winning Books in the library’s parkside window show the 2018 winners, also listed below.
Edgar Allan Poe, for whom the award is named, was a writer, editor and literary critic best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. Poe has a local connection; he was born in Boston in 1809 near what is today the intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets. A statue of Poe is located at that corner.
BELOW ARE THE 2018 EDGAR AWARD INNERS:
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (novel)
She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper (first novel)
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (paperback original)
Killers of the Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann (fact crime)
Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson (critical/biographical)
Spring Break by John Crowley (short story)
Vanished ! by James Ponti (juvenile, 7-12 years old)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (young adult)
Somebody to Love by Noah Hawley (episode in a TV series)
The Queen of Secrets by Lisa D. Gray (Robert L. Fish Memorial (Award for best first short story by an American writer)
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman (Mary Higgins Clark (Award for a suspense novel most closely written in the MHC tradition)