partner for 2013 Dagger in the Library

Nominations for the award now open to the public

 The Crime Writers’ Association and new sponsor Dead Good are delighted to announce that nominations for the 2013 Dagger in the Library are now open and will close on 1st April 2013. Library users and readers across the country are asked to visit their library to vote for their favourite crime writer.

The prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library is awarded for a body of work and is unique in that it is the only award that is nominated exclusively by library users, readers and librarians. Previous winners have included Stuart MacBride, Mo Hayder, Alexander McCall Smith and Peter Robinson.

This year the award is sponsored for the first time by The Random House Group’s new online crime community Dead Good.  Across a dedicated Dead Good website, Facebook page, Twitter account and more, Dead Good has engaging features, interviews, competitions and quizzes as well as the latest news around books, film and TV.  It provides an opportunity for readers to connect directly with authors and discuss and share their favourite crime books with like-minded fans.

Hannah Telfer, Digital Marketing and New Product Development Director at The Random House Group says: ‘The Dead Good team at Random House are proud to sponsor an award voted for by communities and we hope to enable readers to discover many more talented crime writers in 2013.’

2013 Dagger in the Library

The nominated authors must be alive and cannot have won the award before. As the award is for a body of work, authors should have published at least three books.

Entries from reading groups or individuals are submitted through libraries. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the CWA website.

Following the shortlist announcement, the Dagger in the Library will be awarded at the annual CWA Awards in July to a writer nominated by library users and chosen by a panel of librarians.

This year’s panel is chaired by Mobeena Khan, Stock & Reader Development Librarian for Hertfordshire Libraries, and includes librarians from throughout the UK.

2013 Dagger in the Library Judging Panel


Mobeena Khan (Chair) is a Stock and Reader Development Librarian for Hertfordshire Libraries. The first crime book she remembers reading was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes when she was eight. She hasn’t stopped reading crime fiction since. And still loves Sherlock Holmes.

Stewart Bain has spent a decade working at Orkney Library & Archive, which has kept people in the isles reading since 1683. He does Reader Development at the library and is responsible for the award-winning @OrkneyLibrary Twitter feed. He helps run the Monday Night Murders crime reading group and is determined to stop procrastinating and finish his Open University Literature degree at some point in the not-too-distant future. Likes biscuits.

Karen Fraser (Past Chair) is Executive Manager of Shetland Library, Britain’s most northerly library service. She likes to spend the long dark winters immersed in the foulest depths of the crime writers’ art.

Helen McNabb is the stock manager for the Vale of Glamorgan libraries. She has been working in public libraries for 19 years, and is a keen reader enjoying crime, science fiction and non fiction, and enjoys having new writers suggested by the nominations for the Dagger in the Library.

Deborah Ryan currently works at RNIB’s National Library Service where she manages a team who help blind and partially sighted readers to get the best out of the meagre 5% of books published in accessible formats. She enjoys a good old-fashioned whodunnit but has discovered new and exciting crime genres while being a Dagger judge.

Jennifer Stewart is a Service Development Librarian with Fife Cultural Trust, and has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, passing on her passion for reading to anyone who is willing to listen! She is regularly to be found mixing with all sorts of criminal types via the pages of a book, and loves discovering new crime writers.

Sue Wilkinson has worked in public libraries for 36 years and is Reader Development Officer for Birmingham Libraries. Before taking up this post, she was a prison librarian for many years. Having spent a lot of time with the real thing, she finds crime fiction much more entertaining, and is looking forward to discovering new writers and crime genres.

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