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tar systems sometimes work. Two of the biggest stars at the Mystery Writers of America
's 2016 Edgar Awards dinner also cut two of the evening's most impressive figures. Walter Mosley, honored as the organization's 2016 grand master, spoke with exemplary humility, passion, and great good humor, often about subjects this country finds it difficult to discuss.
And Sara Paretsky, named a grand master five years ago and the MWA's outgoing president, reported on her term in a way that suggested she could run any damned thing she wanted to. I was even more impressed after a discussion with her at a post-awards party. Mosley and Paretsky would make a dynamic, popular, and, for all I know, capable presidential ticket. They could flip a coin to decide who would be president and who vice. W. Paul Coates
, who introduced Mosley, would make a fine press secretary.
Other speakers were thought-provoking and inspirational in the best possible non-maudlin way. Margaret Kinsman, a scholar who received the MWA's Raven Award, said: "I would like you storytellers to know we in academics are some of your biggest fans."
Martin Edwards, whose book The Golden Age of Murder
won the Best Critical/Biographical Edgar, said he had "tried to address the rather patronizing attitude ... to these thoughtful mysteries of the 1920s."
It was good to see Janet Rudolph
receive the Ellery Queen Award. I've written for her Mystery Readers Journal, and she's been a friend to Detectives Beyond Borders for going on 10 years and to the crime fiction community at large for two decades before that. And it was pleasant to see that Reed Farrel Coleman took the loss of his status as crime fiction's best basketball player with something like good grace.
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Walter Mosley|
(Find a complete list of the 2016 Edgar Award nominees and winners
at the Edgars Web site.)
© Peter Rozovsky 2016
Labels: Duane Swierczynski, Edgar Awards, Edgar Awards 2016, Janet Rudolph, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Margaret Kinsman, Martin Edwards, Megan Abbott, Reed Farrel Coleman, Sara Paretsky, W. Paul Coates, Walter Mosley