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Kurt Palka nominated for Hammett Prize

Canadian author Kurt Palka’s Patient Number 7 (McClelland & Stewart) is one of five finalists for the 2012 Hammett Prize. The North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers made the announcement on Friday.

The annual prize is awarded to the best English-language crime novel published in the U.S. and Canada. The winner will be chosen by three judges – Rob Dougherty, Janet Groth, and Edward D. Miller – and will be revealed Sept. 30 at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association’s fall conference.

The other nominees are:

  • William Landay, Defending Jacob (Delacorte/Random House)
  • Jim Lynch, Truth Like the Sun (Knopf Canada)
  • Howard Owen, Oregon Hill (Permanent Press)
  • G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen (Emblem Editions)

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Lesley Strutt, Dean Steadman, Amanda Earl, Alastair Larwill and Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt and Alastair Larwill

Amanda Earl

Jewel of the Thames launch

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