Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Detectives Beyond Borders is a winner

The people have spoken. Your humble blogkeeper has won a Spinetingler Award for special services to the industry, in a tie with the worthy J. Kingston Pierce of the worthy Rap Sheet.

I like these awards because the categories reflect serious thought about and great care for crime fiction. They recognize a wide range of authors, for instance, and they include graphic novels.

Both the ballot forms and the winners list include links to the nominated short stories, another sign that the Spinetinglers want to spread the news about writers and artists who might not otherwise get the recognition that they deserve. So thanks to all who voted, and I hope you'll join me in spraying some champagne on Sandra Ruttan and all the good folks at Spinetingler.

© Peter Rozovsky 2009

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67 Comments:

Blogger Janet Rudolph said...

Congratulations! I love your blog. Well deserved honor and tied with my other favorite blog, the Rap Sheet. Your blog is so important to the world of mystery.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Many thanks. That's a big compliment from someone who has rendered far more service to the industry than most.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

Congratulations to you too, Peter. I'm certainly in very good company winning this award.

Cheers,
Jeff

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Bill Crider said...

Well deserved. Congrats!

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Jeff. I was up against some people who I think have been at this a lot longer than I have, so I was plesed to make the list. Next step is to have convivial harborside dinners with all the other nominees.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Bill. I'm sorry only that Anna Nicole Smith could not be around to see it. I hope that wherever she is, she's smiling.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Declan Burke said...

Nice one, squire ... well deserved, and couldn't happen a nicer chap. We'll break out the dry sherry in Bristol ...

Cheers, Dec

May 06, 2009  
Anonymous critical mick said...

Congrats to the hardest working crime fic fan in the blogosphere!

Very well deserved, Peter. DBB's rep for shouting "kick-ass content" in 46 languages is well deserved.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Loren Eaton said...

Huzzah!

May 06, 2009  
Blogger John McFetridge said...

Congratulations. You are in very good company with The Rap Sheet.

And even if you hadn't won, you know, it really is an honour just to be nominated.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Much obliged, Mr Burke. You yourself have rendered such great service to crime fiction including the supreme sacrifice of actually writing the stuff.

I look forward to hoisting a pint or two of sherry.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Sucharita Sarkar said...

Congratulations! Personally speaking, I owe your blog a great deal for being my window to an ever-expanding new world of crime fiction.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Go raibh mile maith agat, Mick. Yep, hardest-working ... I have always modelled myself on James Brown.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Loren, the only thing I might -- just might -- appreciate more than a huzzah is a hosanna. Thanks,

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

John, you're right about that. There were some impressive names on that list, and not just the Rap Sheet: our friend D. Burke, the benevolent godfather of Irish crime fiction; the folks who organized Bouchercon 2008, and so on. It may be a cliche, but I was flattered to be mentioned in the same breath. And thanks.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Much obliged, Sucharita. You keep your windows open wider to the world than just about anyone else I know!

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Dana King said...

Hearty and much deserved congratulations, Peter. I read the blog daily, though I don;t comment nearly as often, mainly because you, and your commenters, are operating well over my head in the arena much of the time. I learn something every time I come by.

Well done.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Dana, but come on now. Let's not overdo this over-my-head stuff. You're not that short.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Congratulations! Will you still speak to the ordinary humble bloggers?

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Gerard Brennan said...

Great work, man. Well deserved.

gb

May 06, 2009  
Anonymous Steve Lewis said...

Super news, Peter. Terrific, in fact!

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Uriah, serve me a nice slice of fish, and I'll talk to anyone. Many thanks.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, gb. I owe you a Carlsberg for that compliment.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

And thanks, Steve. I owe you a couple of visits for that one.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger ruth the crimespree gal said...

To see two of my favorite "go to" information sites BOTH win this award means more than I can say. Thankyou for keeping us all in touch all day every day Peter. Setting the bar in this information, sound bite age is hard, making it as entertaining and as informative as you do is remarkable. Whenever i need inspiration you are there,

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Gary Corby said...

Congratulations! Well deserved.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Ruth, don't go getting me all choked up. I was surprised that the award did not go to someone named Jordan. Many thanks.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

ευχαριστώ πολυ, Gary.

May 06, 2009  
Blogger seanag said...

Many congratulations, Peter. I do think your blog is a kind of nexus for many different kinds of people, and not just crime fiction readers, either. I hope you'll continue with this for a long time--or at least for as long as it interests you.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I'd like to invite all my regular commenters for a drink one day. Maybe for my two thousandth post. (Actually, you're missing an opportunity now. I am typing this at the Pen & Pencil Club on my new Netbook computer.)

May 07, 2009  
Blogger seanag said...

The Pen and Pencil Club! That sounds great. Though I'm sure it can't live up to my image of it.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The oldest press club in America and, I believe, the second-oldest in the world, though I think London's consists of a lobby and a single elaborate chair.

This club leads a split existence, with small gatherings of political and media sorts early, and massive influxes of seething, teeming, screaming, bad-music-playing restaurant types late, after the regular bars close. I was here for a beer tasting tonight and got to hear an entertaining rant from a former darts-shooting companion turned lawyer and Democratic ward leader who, it transpires, lived in Boston the same time as I did. He cursed the Philadelphia leadership of both major parties roundly.

Oh, and I had some good boar sausage for dinner.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger seanag said...

Sounds like a very lively place to be. Not to mention tasty.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

At the right time on the right night with the right company, the right bartender and the right music, it can be fun. But it's difficult to find a good, delectable boar at the P&P. Boar will be just an occasional item on the menu. And the menu is served just three nights a week.

I am home now, by the way.

May 07, 2009  
Anonymous Michael Walters said...

Congratulations, Peter - very well deserved. Look forward to meeting you in Bristol - it perhaps not the Pen & Pencil club, but I understand the dry sherry's very good...

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, and à Bristol! Maybe we'll find a good boar to accompany our dry sherry, though that would probably come across better out loud than on the page.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger adrian mckinty said...

How did I miss this? Oh yeah I'm a self involved misanthropic freak.

Congratulations.

I did vote for you though. More than once if I may say so.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

A self-involved, misanthropic freak who's on the other side of the world and asleep when grand things happen. You are forgiven for this.

I owe you a Guinness for each vote you cast.

May 07, 2009  
Anonymous marco said...

Congratulations!
You owe me a lot of Guinnesses.

May 07, 2009  
OpenID krimileser said...

Congratulations,

You owe us more good posts.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Paul Brazill said...

Congratulations Peter. More than deserved.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Fred said...

Congratulations! A well-deserved recognition for your efforts.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Marco. I had been thinking maybe a nice Brunello da Montalcino for each vote. I'd consider a gift certificate to Standa if Berlusconi still owned it.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Well, if you won't settle for Guinness or Brunello da Montalcino, I'll talk to the creativity departmene here at Detectives Beyond Borders Corporate Enterprises and see what we can do about those more good posts. Thanks for the kind words.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Sean Chercover said...

Congratulations, Peter! And here's to many more years of Detectives Beyond Borders!

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Paul. I have been remiss in waiting this long to read your fiction, but I can heartily recommend ''A Tissue of Webs". "Somewhere on the outskirts of honesty" is music, and the damned thing is full of clever, funny lines.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks for the comments and the support, Fred.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, Sean, and as for you, here's to a career of acclaim, nominations, awards and sales figures out the wazoo.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Paul Brazill said...

Thanks for the plug, Peter!

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My pleasure. Readers can find more of your stuff here, including some deadpan salty dialogue from a priest.

May 07, 2009  
Anonymous May said...

Congratulations on your award, Peter.

I discovered your site almost two years ago doing research for a graduate translation project of a French detective story. I loved your blog, but I admit I forgot to come back after a while (its not easy being a grad student!).

I started reading a French-Caribbean detective novel recently and suddenly remembered your great blog, and I am so happy to find that you're still posting and getting awards, too. Excellent!

I look forward to reading your posts!

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Linkmeister said...

A late but sincere "Woo Hoo!"

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Gerard Brennan said...

I didn't gush nearly enough. But still, I'll take that drink. Though I may have to collect on a Guinness rather than a Carlsberg. T'is the only beer on tap at the Mourne Seafood Bar.

Cheers

gb

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, May, welcome back, and here's hoping your project turned out well. I remember being a graduate student, though I never spent more than nineteen hours at a stretch in the library. I have some good stories about seminar papers, though.

I seem vaguely to recall that you persuaded your instructor to let you translate a novel that had been translated already. Was it one of Fred Vargas', or am I imagining things?

In any case, thanks for the kind words. Which French-Caribbean novel are you reading?

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thank you, Linkmeister, and my condolences for the news about Manny Ramirez.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Gerard, I have you penciled in for some gushing the week after next.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Adrian said...

Hi Peter

Congrats - you sure as hell deserve it, if only for the help you've given me.

Warm regards

Adrian Hyland

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Many thanks. Keep that sort of thing up, and I may begin to develop a sense of purpose.

May 07, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

"seanag said...

"Sounds like a very lively place to be. Not to mention tasty."
Tonight's P&P excitement was an ex-colleague who came in exulting over the concert she had just attended, the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Bruckner's Eighth Symphony.

"Oh, boy," says I, sensing a barroom fight. The night before, a music writer I used to play softball with, had been ripping Bruckner at the club, glum that he had received free tickets to the concert and would thus have to attend. I was teasing poor Linda about this, when who should walk in, but Tom the Bruckner hater himself. I had hopes of seeing what might have been the world first chair-tossing barroom brawl ever inspired by Bruckner. OK, one of the antagonists was a man and the other a woman, one was over 60 and other over 70, but I can dream, can't I? Alas, the discussion was immensely informative but all too civilized.

My v-word is what results when a popular free computer operating system catches a much-ballyhooed disease: swinux

May 08, 2009  
Blogger seanag said...

You know I'm sure there are plenty of the other sort of bore to be had, even at an illustrious club like The Pen and Pencil.

'Swinux' is fantastic, although a sad indication that swine flu has now jumped the human/non-human boundary. But it serves us right for talking so much about eating wild pig.

May 08, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Whoa, I hadn't thought of that way: everyone is worrying about its jumping from pigs to humans, and it goes and jumps from pigs to computers.

May 08, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

There is at least one locally legendary example of that sort of bore, whose ... well, perhaps that sort of thing is best communicated more discreetly.

May 08, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Oh, and even cooler, the Bruckner-lover attended my Noir at the Bar reading in the fall with John McFetridge and Declan Burke.

May 08, 2009  
Anonymous Timothy Hallinan said...

Peter --

In case no one has congratulated you, allow me to be the first. Would have done it earlier, but have been in SE Asia and at the mercy of erratic internet connections. Once you're outside Bangkok, all bets are off.

Anyway, richly deserved.

May 09, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You mean Southeast Asia is not one big wireless hot spot?

Many thanks for the kind words.

May 09, 2009  
Anonymous May said...

Wow, you've got great memory Peter! But, it wasn't Vargas, it was Daniel Pennac.

I'm reading Pas de vagues au Cap-Est by Olivier Arrighi, from a small Martinican publishing house. I'm not sure I'll be recommending it, though, simply from this line early in the first chapter:

He had never needed to justify himself, he wasn't going to start today.

We'll see. I meant to ask (almost two years ago), have you ever read Barbara Neely's Blanche White series? I love the character!

May 09, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I vaguely remember Pennac's name coming up here, probably in a discussion of odd families in crime novels. Pennac's collection of short essays, Comme un roman, is one of my favorite books, but I have not got far with the Malaussène novels.

Ah, now it comes back to me -- I have a copy of either the translation of the original of the book you were working on.

I have not read Barbara Neely, though the name Blanche White has obvious comic potential. And, though I hate to say so, the same is true of the Olivier Arrighi line, though the potential comedy there is of the grimmer kind.

May 09, 2009  

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