2019 Anthony Award Nominations

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Bouchercon has posted the 2019 Anthony Awards shortlist.

The award for crime fiction will be presented at the convention on Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Dallas, TX.

The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher, a well-known California writer and critic who wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times Book Review, and also helped found Mystery Writers of America. First presented in 1986.

The awards will be voted on by attendees at this year’s Bouchercon and presented on Saturday, November 2.

Nominees for the 2019 Anthony Awards are:

BEST NOVEL

  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company)
  • November Road by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
  • Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur Books)
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)
  • Blackout by Alex Segura (Polis Books)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)
  • Broken Places by Tracy Clark (Kensington)
  • Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver (Pegasus Books)
  • What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix (Midnight Ink)
  • Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

  • Hollywood Ending by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
  • If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  • Hiroshima Boy by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park Books)
  • Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  • A Stone’s Throw by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “The Grass Beneath My Feet” by S.A. Cosby, in Tough (blogazine, August 20, 2018)
  • “Bug Appétit” by Barb Goffman, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (November/December 2018)
  • “Cold Beer No Flies” by Greg Herren, in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)
  • “English 398: Fiction Workshop” by Art Taylor, in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (July/August 2018)
  • “The Best Laid Plans” by Holly West, in Florida Happens (Three Rooms Press)

BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION WORK

  • Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin (William Morrow Paperbacks)
  • Mastering Plot Twists: How To Use Suspense, Targeted Storytelling Strategies, and Structure To Captivate Your Readers by Jane K. Cleland (Writer’s Digest Books)
  • Pulp According to David Goodis by Jay A. Gertzman (Down & Out Books)
  • Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s by Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus Books)
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara (HarperCollins)
  • The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman (Ecco)

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