The 2007 Arthur Ellis Award Winners Announced



    TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - At a ceremony on Thursday evening the Crime
Writers of Canada handed out the 2007 Arthur Ellis Awards, Canada's premier
award for excellence in the crime genre for work published in 2006. This year
marks the 24th anniversary of the prestigious awards, named after the nom de
travail of Canada's official hangman. The winners:

    Best Novel:
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    Barbara Fradkin - Honour Among Men (RendezVous Crime/Napoleon & Company).

    Barbara Fradkin is a child psychologist living in Ottawa. She is the
    author of the award-winning detective series featuring Ottawa Police
    Inspector Michael Green. There are currently five novels in the series,
    including Honour Among Men and Fifth Son, which won the Arthur Ellis
    Award for Best Novel in 2005.

    Best Non-Fiction:
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    Brian O'Dea - High: Confessions of a Pot Smuggler (Random House Canada).

    This was Brian O'Dea's first AE nomination for his funny, perceptive and
    alarming book that traces how a favoured son of Newfoundland becomes one
    of the world's most efficient marijuana traffickers and survives to know
    a better life. Brian now works as a film and television producer in
    Toronto, where he lives with his wife and son. He also regularly speaks
    about his experiences to young people struggling with addictions. A TV
    movie and a feature documentary of High are both in the works.

    Best Juvenile:
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    Sean Cullen - Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates (Penguin Canada).

    This was the first AE nomination for Sean Cullen. Hamish X is the scourge
    of orphanages everywhere. While breaking out of an orphanage it's
    attacked by the dreaded pirate Cheeseboard, leading to a fantastic and
    deadly adventure. Comedian Sean Cullen's many stage and screen credits
    include the CBC's Sean Cullen Show, the Showcase series, Slings and
    Arrows, and the Toronto stage production of The Producers. He is the
    winner of two Gemini awards.

    Best First Novel:
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    Anne Emery - Sign of the Cross (ECW Press).

    Sign of the Cross tells the story of Monty Collins who has spent the past
    twenty years defending the underclass, often wishing for an intelligent,
    articulate client and now he has one. Father Brennan Burke, an acerbic
    Catholic priest, is the prime suspect in the mutilation and killing of a
    young woman and Collins must defend him. Author Anne Emery is a graduate
    of Dalhousie Law School. She has worked as a lawyer, legal affairs
    reporter and researcher. She lives in Halifax with her husband and
    daughter. This was her first AE nomination.

    Best Short Story:
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    Dennis Richard Murphy - "Fuzzy Wuzzy" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
    (Aug06)

    This was Dennis Richard Murphy's third AE nomination in the past two
    years. "Fuzzy Wuzzy" takes crime off the streets and into the hidden
    residential ravines of an unknown underground where jealousies threaten
    exposure and revelation results in murder. Murphy lives in Toronto and is
    a film and television writer, director, producer and teacher. His true
    crime series for Discovery International and Court-TV appears in 70
    countries in 33 languages. His "Manhunt" series continues to air on
    History Television, History UK and National Geo.





For further information:

For further information: Lyn Artmont, (416) 323-7828 or Cell: (416)
888-8440, lartmont@jessonartmont.com

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