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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
Dennis Richard Murphy - "Fuzzy Wuzzy" in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
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.
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