NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Author Bill Pronzini has
been selected to receive the coveted title of Grand Master, Mystery Writers
of America's (MWA's) highest honor bestowed on an individual. He will be
honored at the 62nd Annual Edgar(R) Awards banquet on Thursday May 1, 2008
at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The "Edgars," as they are
commonly known, are named after Mystery Writers of America's patron saint,
Edgar Allan Poe, and are awarded to authors of distinguished works in more
than a dozen categories.
The annual Grand Master Award represents the supreme level of
achievement in the mystery field and was established to acknowledge
important contributions to the genre, as well as significant output of
consistently high-quality material.
"Bill Pronzini is not only a passionate author and reader of crime
fiction - he is also one of the most ardent proponents of the genre," said
Daniel J. Hale, Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America.
"For forty years he has distinguished himself with consistently
high-quality writing and editing in all areas of the field, including
creating one of the longest lasting detective series ever."
Bill Pronzini started down his path toward the Grand Master in 1969,
when he embarked upon his professional writing career. Since then, Pronzini
has experienced a prolific career, penning more than 70 novels and
non-fiction books, including 32 novels in his popular "Nameless Detective"
series and three novels written in collaboration with his wife Marcia
Muller (MWA's 2005 Grand Master).
Pronzini is no stranger to critical acclaim for his achievements. He is
a six-time Edgar(R) nominee, including a nomination in 1987 with his wife
Marcia Muller for Best Critical Biographical Work, "1001 Midnights: The
Aficionados Guide to Mystery Fiction". He is also a recipient of three
Shamus awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye
Writers of America. Pronzini's suspense novel, Snowbound, was the recipient
of the Grand Prix de la Litterature Policiere as the best crime novel
published in France in 1988.
Pronzini joins a notable list of previous Grand Masters. Past
recipients of this distinguished Award also include: Stephen King, Ira
Levin, Mary Higgins Clark, Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, P.D. James,
Ellery Queen, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene, and
Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery
writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime
writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization
encompasses almost 3,000 members in three categories of membership that
include publishers, editors, literary agents, and screen and television
writers, as well as authors of fiction and non-fiction books. For more
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SOURCE Mystery Writers of America