Hey everyone! The CBC Bookie winners have now been officially announced (here’s the link) and The Beggar’s Opera has been chosen as Best Mystery/Thriller!
This was a marathon — a contest in which readers had to vote every day to keep their favourite book in the lead. Thanks so much to all of you who voted, and voted, and voted, and cajoled others to vote, sent emails, shared posts, tweeted and really got behind TBO in this contest. I am really grateful, and overwhelmed by your support for this new series.
Other winners as follows:
The Blue Light Project by Timothy Taylor for Literary Fiction;
Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill for Non-fiction;
Folk by Jacob McArthur Mooney for Poetry,
The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet for Science Fiction;
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong in Young Adult;
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton for Comic/Graphic Novel;
The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie in Short Story Collection;
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for International Fiction, and
Bossypants by Tina Fey for International Non-fiction.
Congratulations to all of them! I’d also like to congratulate the other shortlisted authors in the category of Best Mystery/Thriller: Louise Penny, Andrew Pyper, Alan Bradley and Ian Hamilton. It was incredible to find myself on the same ballot as these great writers.
I received a lovely note from Louise Penny congratulating me. (Such a class act, and what a wonderful role model to all Canadian writers.) She writes:
Wow, what a blow out for The Beggar’s Opera! Congratulations and well
deserved!! I know this is just the beginning, for this book and for
your stellar writing career.
With great delight,