Since 1995 the Crime Writers Association have awarded The Dagger in the Library annually to authors whose bodies of crime writing are particularly loved amongst library readers. Past winners have included such greats as; Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotterill, Craig Russell, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis. I have included links to the stock that we hold in Bury Libraries for each author – both past winners and those long-listed for 2017. If you love crime fiction you may just find a new author to follow.
In a slight change to the normal process the CWA and its 2017 partner – The Reading Agency – only allowed nominations from library staff. 175 libraries from the Uk and Ireland suggested 110 authors for consideration with the long list being announced in February:
Are you part of a reading group? The Reading Agency would love you to get involved:
Have you read any of the books longlisted for the Dagger in the Library? What has been the best crime book you have read? Comment below or share your thoughts with us on Twitter using #CWA2017 or on the CWA’s Facebook.
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Nic (Reader Development Team and Archives)