News updates …

Nice little announcement in the Winnipeg Free Press books section about the recent Penguin deal for The Beggar’s Opera. (I’m particularly pleased because, unknown to the Winnipeg Free Press which identifies me as an Ottawa resident, Winnipeg is my home town. I was born there and brother Keith still lives there. As well as many friends.)

“Penguin Canada has acquired a Cuban-Canadian police procedural, The Beggar’s Opera, by Peggy Blair, one of Canada’s leading aboriginal lawyers and a former Crown prosecutor, the publisher has announced.

Blair, an Ottawa resident, was shortlisted for the 2010 Debut Dagger at the Harrogate Crime Festival in England.

A former member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, she was a senior adjudicator in the Indian Residential Schools Dispute Resolution Process, before being appointed deputy chief adjudicator in 2007. She returned to private practice in 2008.”

And the CWA Debut Dagger Bulletin makes mention of the deal as well in its Bulletin # 3.  (These Bulletins are great for aspiring writers — chock full of terrific tips.)

In Bulletin #4, mailed to e-list subscribers for now, but which will be posted as soon as Bulletin # 5 has been released, there’s good news for another Debut Dagger competitor. My Australian colleague, Alan Carter, who I had the pleasure of meeting in Harrogate this summer has also been picked up by a publisher. As the CWA reports:

“Now the good news. Alan Carter’s story, Chinese Whispers, was short-listed for the 2010 Debut Dagger. We’ve just heard from Alan that his book (now re-titled Prime Cut), is to be published by Freemantle Press. So a massive congratulations to Alan.”

Super nice guy and thrilled to hear of his success. Congratulations, Alan! Those of you who might want to check out Alan’s book can find info on how to purchase it here. It sounds terrific! (And here is Alan’s submission for The Debut Dagger — easy to see why he was shortlisted. Great setting, voice, and plot.)

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