Stuff in the ‘Edgar Awards’ Category

21 January, 2015

Ben Winters’ nominated for another Edgar Award!

WorldofTrouble_136x205Ben H. Winters, who won an Edgar for the first in his now legendary Last Policeman series, THE LAST POLICEMAN, and a Philip K. Dick Award for the second volume, COUNTDOWN CITY, has just received a nomination for an Edgar for the conclusion, WORLD OF TROUBLE!  I believe this is quite unprecedented.  Congratulations, Ben, and also his fabulous publisher, Quirk!


3 May, 2013

Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN Wins an Edgar Award!

ben and quirkLast night, I had the pleasure of attending the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Allen Poe Awards at the invitation of Quirk Books, publisher of one of the one of the nominees in the “best paperback original” original category. Turns out the amiable author Ben Winters dresses up really nice in a tux, and so does his publishing team (at left)!

Ben’s THE LAST POLICEMAN, which has been characterized by one blogger as “apolocalypse noir” features a young detective who has the misfortune of trying to solve his first case in a world gone badly wrong.  With an asteroid set to collide with the earth in six months, everything in Hank Palace’s world is breaking down.  And yet Palace doggedly persists in trying to do the right thing.

It’s a great premise for the first in a trilogy of novels that blend the best of mystery with elements of science fiction and just plain old great storytelling that characterizes the best of these genres.  The increasingly chaotic and dark world Winters’ has created is compelling and his protagonist Hank Palace becomes the moral center.

When THE LAST POLICEMAN was announced as the winner, I have to confess I shrieked.  But the photo below was taken minutes before, in a calmer moment.

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Thanks to Ben’s brilliant editor, Jason Rekulak, his energetic and visionary publishing team at Quirk.  It was a night to remember.

And Quirk will the sequel to THE LAST POLICEMAN,  COUNTDOWN CITY this summer, so there’s much to look forward to.

–Joelle Delbourgo

 


3 May, 2013

Ben H. Winters’ THE LAST POLICEMAN Wins an Edgar Award!

ben and quirkLast night, I had the pleasure of attending the Mystery Writers of America’s annual Edgar Allen Poe Awards at the invitation of Quirk Books, publisher of one of the one of the nominees in the “best paperback original” original category. Turns out the amiable author Ben Winters dresses up really nice in a tux, and so does his publishing team (at left)!

Ben’s THE LAST POLICEMAN, which has been characterized by one blogger as “apolocalypse noir” features a young detective who has the misfortune of trying to solve his first case in a world gone badly wrong.  With an asteroid set to collide with the earth in six months, everything in Hank Palace’s world is breaking down.  And yet Palace doggedly persists in trying to do the right thing.

It’s a great premise for the first in a trilogy of novels that blend the best of mystery with elements of science fiction and just plain old great storytelling that characterizes the best of these genres.  The increasingly chaotic and dark world Winters’ has created is compelling and his protagonist Hank Palace becomes the moral center.

When THE LAST POLICEMAN was announced as the winner, I have to confess I shrieked.  But the photo below was taken minutes before, in a calmer moment.

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Thanks to Ben’s brilliant editor, Jason Rekulak, his energetic and visionary publishing team at Quirk.  It was a night to remember.

And Quirk will the sequel to THE LAST POLICEMAN,  COUNTDOWN CITY this summer, so there’s much to look forward to.

–Joelle Delbourgo


2 June, 2010

Winters

Ben Winters began his tryst with writing in fourth grade by writing short stories about a pig called Piggy Wiggy who Ben2always died a rather dramatic death. This childhood adventure branched out into different avenues  – he sold stories to the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, found time to engage with theater through works such as the Off-Broadway musical Slut and children’s musicals The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Uncle Pirate; and even worked as a journalist and teacher. When Winters turned to books, his skill was demonstrated the moment his pen touched paper. His first mash-up novel, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, became a New York Times bestseller while his middle grade novel, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Ben describes writing to be a grueling process, “a physical event – you are struggling with a manuscript, wrestling with it.”

Winte41qE8M2sdgL._AA160_rs’ latest is a trilogy of detective novels that track the apocalyptic collapse of society and the modern world as we know it. The Last Policeman and Countdown City are the first two installments of this trilogy and cover a time period of a few months where the world learns of its imminent destruction and then begins the gradual and inescapable disintegration of society. Both books won coveted awards: an Edgar Award for The Last  Policeman, and the Philip K. Dick Award for Countdown City.  It’s incredibly rare to have an author honored with the top mystertroubley and science fiction awards.  Just released, the third and final volume, World of Trouble is winning praise. ”

It is impossible not to love Hank and his need to try to do the right thing all the time. The bleak premise of this series could be too much, but, instead, it gives a certain clarity to the action of people who become their most real selves when the end of the world arrives.”—Library Journal

“As fascinating as Winters’ imagined societal breakdown can be, it’s his attention to human connections—heartfelt, heroic and lethal—that really make this trilogy worth reading.”—Kirkus

“A fine conclusion to a unique and compelling trilogy.”—Booklist

Ben currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He writes by the mantra “Write what you want to know. Be curious and interested about other people and things, satisfy that curiosity, and let your knowledge inform your work.”

Ben H. Winters is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright, journalist, teacher and coffee aficionado. Mr. Winters is currently hard at work and c380314_332610133478752_1516649067_n9781594746260_p0_v2_s260x420onsuming multiple double shot espressos to complete the thrilling conclusion to the trilogy begun with The Last Policeman (Quirk Books, July 2012) and its follow up Countdown City (July 2013), to be published July 2014. In the Last Policeman trilogy, Winters tells the harrowing tale of earth’s impending doom by an asteroid named Maia and one rookie police officer Hank Palace’s attempt to finish his case files and keep the peace.  Not even the end of the world will hinder Hank Palace on the trail of justice.

Mystery Scene magazine writes “Normally, only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can suck me into a book and not release their stranglehold until I, exhausted from lack of sleep, have turned the last page. Now [Ben Winters] has joined their ranks… The Last Policeman is extraordinary—as well as brilliant, surprising, and, considering the circumstances, oddly uplifting.” Not surprisingly, the novel won an Edgar for Best Paperback Original, was chosen by Amazon as one of the Best Books for 2012, and has made it on many “Best Books” lists for the year.

Winters continued to win high praise for Countdown City, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award.

A father of young children, Mr. Winters is also a critically acclaimed children’s book author.  His first of two middle grade mysteries, The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins, 2010) was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Novel and named a Bank Street Best Book of the year, while the sequel, The Mystery of Everything (HarperCollins, 2011) won this rave from Kirkus Reviews: “This zany sequel offers another fast-moving middle-school puzzler with lots of pre- and early teen humor …fans will cheer more mystery and mayhem.”Winters is a talented poet whose collections of scary poetry for kids, Literally Disturbed:  Tales to Keep You Up at Night (Price, Stern & Sloan, 2013) will be followed by a sequel in August 2014.

Winters is the author of Bed Bugs, a contemporary urban horror story, Android Karenina (Quirk Books, 2010) “Creepy, thrilling, and highly enjoyable” (Library Journal), New York Times Bestseller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk Books, 2009), and several Worst-Case Scenario books from cars to the paranormal (Quirk Books, 2009-2011).

When Winters is not writing novels or poetry for kids, he is writing plays and teaching the craft of writing.  For more about Ben Winters:   http://benhwinters.com/ or follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenHWintersisawriter, and on twitter:  @benhwinters