The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastika published during the previous calendar year. Winners receive a medallion that incorporates the Sunburst logo. Winners of both the Adult and Young Adult Sunburst Award also receive a cash prize of $1,000, while winners of the Short Story Sunburst Award receive a cash prize of $500.
The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. Past winners of the Sunburst Award include Ruth Ozeki, Guy Gavriel Kay, Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, Charles de Lint, Thomas King, and last year’s winner Gemma Files.
For additional information about the Sunburst Award, the nominees, juries, as well as previous awards, eligibility, and the selection process, please visit the official website at www.sunburstaward.org.
Please welcome Victoria Thompson to The Qwillery. Murder in the Bowery, the 19th Gaslight Mystery, was published on May 2nd by Berkley.
Newsboy Makes the News
Newsboys were everywhere in turn of the century New York City. More than a dozen newspapers covered the City’s happenings, and ragged children—mostly boys but a few girls, too—stood on street corners morning and night in all weathers to sell them for a penny or two. Most of these children were homeless orphans or had simply been abandoned by families unable to care for them any longer, so their home was on the street.
Eventually, charities stepped in to help these children by opening Newsboys’ Lodging Houses. In these houses, the “Newsies”, as they were called, could find a hot meal and a bed for the night for a nickel each, although the boys preferred to “carry the banner,” which was their slang for sleeping on the street. The Newsies didn’t care for charity, and they certainly didn’t appreciate being cheated, so when two of the biggest newspapers raised the price of the papers for the boys without raising the customer’s price, they went on strike. Could a bunch of rag-tag children beat Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst at their own game?
That’s only one question Private Investigator Frank Malloy and his new bride, Sarah Brandt, must answer in Murder in the Bowery when the search for a missing newsboy leads them to the innocent debutant, a ruthless gangster, and a Bowery “guide” who takes rich men on “slumming” tours of the neighborhood. But none of these people is who or what they seem, and Frank and Sarah have to find the truth before a killer strikes again.
Murder in the Bowery Series: A Gaslight Mystery 19 Publisher: Berkley, May 2, 2017 Format: Hardcover and eBook, 304 pages List Price: US$26.00 (print); US$12.99 (eBook) ISBN: 9781101987117 (print); 9781101987124 (eBook)
The latest Gaslight Mystery from the bestselling author of Murder in Morningside Heights finds Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy searching for a connection between a murdered newsie and a high society woman with dangerous habits. Frank Malloy’s latest client is the well-dressed Will Bert. He’s searching for his brother, a newsboy named Freddie, so he can share his new financial good fortune. Frank makes quick work of the case and locates Freddie, but a happy reunion between brothers is not in the cards.
When Will’s name is mentioned, Freddie runs off—only to be found dead a short time later. Suspicious, Frank tracks down Will who spins a tale of lust and deceit involving a young society woman, Estelle Longacre, also recently deceased. Frank can’t be sure if Estelle’s risky behavior and the company she kept was to blame, or if her own ruthless family had a hand in her death.
Frank will need Sarah’s help to unearth the dark secrets of the wealthy Longacres and to discover if there is a connection between Estelle and Freddie’s death. Together they must navigate a perilous underground web of treachery to find the truth.
The latest installment in the long running historical Gaslight Mystery series by Victoria Thompson is entitled Murder in the Bowery. This time we see former society debutante turned midwife, Sarah Brandt Malloy, and her private detective husband, Frank Malloy, return to the seedier side of turn-of-the-century New York in search of a clever killer.
Sarah and Frank are the perfect fictional couple. She is a strong willed yet loving woman and he is a tough former police detective who has a compassionate heart. Since Frank unexpectedly inherited a fortune, left the police force, and finally felt able to marry Sarah, he has opened a detective agency and now takes any client that intrigues him, regardless of they ability to pay him a fee. Sarah and Frank's live in newly renovated home with their children, Frank's deaf son Brian from his first marriage and Sarah's ward Catherine, Maeve, the children's cheeky nursemaid who grew up on the streets, and Malloy's stoic Irish mother. Gino Donatelli, also a former police officer, is a frequent visitor as he is now Frank's assistant and has strong feelings for the sweet but hardened Maeve.
The mystery unfolds as Frank is getting used to having a new private inquiry service and Sarah is busy searching for a property in the slums of New York to turn into a free maternity home. Frank is tasked to find a young newsboy named Freddie “Two-Toes” Bert during the strike that pits the newsies against the rich and powerful newspaper owners by his brother, Will Bert, a handsome and smartly dressed young man. Frank and Gino quickly locate Freddie, who instantly runs off at the mention of Will's name and is later found murdered in an alley. Frank vows to locate the murderer, feeling that he may have led the killer to the poor boy. He discovers that the recent murder of the young Estelle Longacre, a beautiful society girl also found dead in the Bowery, where she had no reason to be, is inextricably linked to Freddie's death.
During the course of the investigation we are introduced to various characters closely linked to the victims, both those in the slums and those in society. In the Bowery we meet Raven and Kid Blink. Raven is a young newsie who was close to Freddie, and Kid Blink is the clever and hard leader of the newsboy strike who looks after the newsies like an older brother, and Black Jack Robinson, a frightening and powerful Bowery gangster who knew both of the victims. On the society side we meet Estelle's extended and dysfunctional family. Estelle's father, Horace Longacre is a miserable tyrant who also happens to be on his death bed and exhibits little tender feelings for his family. Penelope Longacre is Estelle's surly spinster aunt who's only concern is for her ward, Norman Tufts, a hapless young man whom Penelope hoped Estelle would soon marry. The only servants in their household are Marie and Tom, a married couple who serve as maid and man-of-all-work, who prove to be integral to solving the mystery.
As with all of the Gaslight Mysteries, Murder in the Bowery moves seamlessly from the murder plot to the behind the scenes lives of both the main characters and those who are entangled in the murder. The author has such a knack for strong characterization that both the well-loved main characters and the new ones fueling the current mystery practically jump off the page with their realness. Thompson is able to keep the story fresh and interesting and fans of this long running series will not be disappointed with this new installment.
Photo by Monica Z
About the author Edgar® and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest, Murder in the Bowery, is a May 2017 release from Berkley Prime Crime. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook Many Genres/One Craft. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Illinois with her husband and a very spoiled little dog. Find out more at www.victoriathompson.com. Follow her on Facebook at Victoria.Thompson.Author and on Twitter @gaslightvt.
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What are the awards?
The Aurora Awards are kind of like the Peoples Choice awards for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, except just for Canadians. There are twelve categories, some of them for literary works, and some of them for amateur or what we call Fan works. All Canadians may nominate or vote for the awards. Each year’s awards are for original works or activites done by Canadians in the previous calendar year.
2017 Aurora Award Ballot
This ballot is for works done in 2016 by Canadians. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected. Additional works were included where there was a tie for fifth place.
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay, Viking Canada
Company Town by Madeline Ashby, Tor Books
The Courier by Gerald Brandt, DAW Books
The Nature of a Pirate by A.M. Dellamonica, Tor Books
Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada
Stars like Cold Fire by Brent Nichols, Bundoran Press
Best Young Adult Novel
Day of the Demon by Randy McCharles, CreateSpace
Door into Faerie by Edward Willett, Coteau Books
Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun, Harlequin Teen
Icarus Down by James Bow, Scholastic Canada
Mik Murdoch: Crisis of Conscience by Michell Plested, Evil Alter Ego Press The Wizard Killer - Season One by Adam Dreece, ADZO Publishing
Best Short Fiction
Age of Miracles by Robert Runté, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media
Frog Song by Erika Holt, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media
Living in Oz by Bev Geddes, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media
Marion's War by Hayden Trenholm, Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts, Laksa Media
Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal el-Mohtar, The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press When Phakack Came to Steal Papa, A Ti-Jean Story by Ace Jordyn, On Spec Magazine
No award will be given out in this category in 2017 due to insufficient eligible nominees
Best Graphic Novel
Angel Catbird, Volume One by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonvillian, Dark Horse Books Crash and Burn by Kate Larking and Finn Lucullan, Astres Press
Earthsong by Crystal Yates, Webcomic
It Never Rains by Kari Maaren, Webcomic
Weregeek by Alina Pete, Webcomic
Best Related Work
Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction edited by Dominik Parisien, Exile Editions
Enigma Front: Burnt, managing editor Celeste A. Peters, Analemma Books
Lazarus Risen edited by Hayden Trenholm and Mike Rimar, Bundoran Press
Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law, Laksa Media
Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen) edited by Claude Lalumière and Mark Shainblum, EDGE
Orphan Black, Season 4, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, Temple Street Productions
Killjoys, Season 2, Michelle Lovretta, Temple Street Productions
Dark Matter, Season 2, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, Prodigy Pictures
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9, Peter Mitchell and Christina Jennings, Shaftesbury Films
Samantha M. Beiko, cover to Strangers Among Us: Tales of the Underdogs and Outcasts
James Beveridge, covers and poster art
Melissa Mary Duncan, body of work
Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications and Company Town for Tor Books Dan O'Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
Best Fan Writing and Publications
Amazing Stories Magazine, weekly column, Steve Fahnestalk
BCSFAzine #512 to #519, edited by Felicity Walker
The Nerd is the Word, articles by Dylan McEvoy
OBIR Magazine #4, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
Silver Stag Entertainment, edited by S.M. Carrière
Speculating Canada edited by Derek Newman-Stille
Best Fan Organizational
Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
R. Graeme Cameron, chair, VCON 41, Surrey, BC
Sandra Kasturi and Angela Keeley, co-chairs, 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, executive, Can*Con 2016, Ottawa
Randy McCharles, chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau, and Nicole Lavigne, co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa Sandra Wickham, chair, Creative Ink Festival, Burnaby, BC
Best Fan Related Work
Ron S. Friedman, Villains and Conflicts presentation, When Words Collide, Calgary Comic Expo, and File 770
Kari Maaren, Concert, SFContario
Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
Best of the Decade
This is a special category for this year’s awards for works published between January 2001 and December 2010. Note: Items in italics are for multi-volume works. Multi-volume stories were considered if they began prior to 2001 but ended before or close to 2011. We defined a multi-volume story as one with a continuous narrative. Finalists were chosen by an eight-person jury from across Canada. The winner will be chosen by our membership’s votes.
Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson, Tor Books
The Blue Ant Trilogy by William Gibson, Berkley
Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson, Tor Books
The Neanderthal Parallax, Robert J. Sawyer, Tor Books
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.
From formerly featured DAC Authors:
Injection Burn (Dire Earth Cycle) by Jason M. Hough;
False Hearts by Laura Lam is out in Trade Paperback;
Arabella of Mars (The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1) by David D. Levine in out in Trade Paperback (Arabella of Mars just won a Nebula Award - the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.);
Escapology by Ren Warom is out in Mass Market Paperback;
Invasive by Chuck Wendig is out in Trade Paperback. (Like ants? You might not after reading Invasive. Scared of ants? Then this is the stuff of nightmares.).
Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.
Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.
May 29, 2017
Gena Showalter Atlantis Series Complete Collection: Heart of the Dragon\Jewel of Atlantis\The Nymph King\The Vampire's Bride\The Amazon's Curse (e)
PNR - Atlantis
May 30, 2017
Lost Lake (tp2mm)
Sarah Addison Allen
PNR - Hidden Legacy 2
DF - Beholder 3
Lightning in the Blood
F - Varekai 2
Ghosts of War (tp2mm)
Bennett R. Coles
SF - Virtues of War 2
PNR - Diablo Lake 2
Burn For Me
PNR - Phoenix Fire 1
PNR - Shadow Riders 2
The Damned Trilogy: A Call to Arms, The False Mirror, and The Spoils of War (e)
Alan Dean Foster
The Traveler (h2mm)
David L. Golemon
SF - Event Group Thrillers 11
PNR - Krewe of Hunters 21
Blaze: A Dragon Romance
PNR - Dark Kings 11
Blaze: Volume 4: A Dragon Romance (e)
PNR - Dark Kings
SF/AP/PA - Newsflesh 4
Jason M. Hough
SF - The Dire Earth Cycle 4
The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places, and History of the Bestselling Series (h2tp)
LC/SF/F - Wheel of Time
Skeleton Crew: Stories (tp2mm)
The Hidden Icon
F - Book of Icons 1
The Dread Goddess
F - Book of Icons 2
False Hearts (h2tp)
Arabella of Mars (h2mm)
David D. Levine
AH/HistF/F - The Adventures of Arabella Ashby 1
The White Road
The Dinosaur Knights (h2mm)
F - The Dinosaur Lords 2
The Bones of the Past (D)
Craig A. Munro
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices (e)
DF/P - Supernatural
Christopher G. Nuttall
SF - Angel in the Whirlwind 4
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz (tp2mm)
AH - Ring of Fire 21
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (h2tp)
Occ/Sup/Th - Vampire Chronicles 12
Black Tide Rising (h2mm)
SF/AP/PA - Black Tide Rising 5
Lily and the Octopus (h2tp)
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
SF/AP/PA - The Extinction Cycle 1
The High Ground (tp2mm)
SF - Imperials Saga 1
Dark Moon Rising (ri)
James M. Thompson
Fallout: The Hot War (h2mm)
AH/SF - The Hot War 2
LF/CF - The Menagerie Series 2
Only the Dead Know Brooklyn
Hearts and Minds
SF - Star Trek: The Next Generation
May 31, 2017
Beyond the Gates of Antares: Open Signal
Brandon Rospond (Ed)
SF - Beyond Antares
D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CM - Cozy Mystery
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - Cyberpunk
CW - Contemporary Women
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
H - Horror
HC - History and Criticism
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HistM - Historical Mystery
HistTh - Historical Thriller
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PCM - Paranormal Cozy Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
PopCul - Popular Culture
Psy - Psychological
SF - Science Fiction
SFR - Science Fiction Romance
SP - Steampunk
Sup - Supernatural
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
VisMeta - Visionary and Metaphysical
Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.
Happy bank holiday to me! This is the second bank holiday of May here in the UK and despite rain this morning today was gloriously sunny and warm. I managed not to get too burned while I was watching the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on my iPad outside. Sorry! I wasn't reading and this is part of the reason why I only have 1 book to tell you about this week *gasp*. I am not sure why I only managed to read only 1 book but I have completed a thorough search of all my e-Reader apps and nothing else is popping out saying 'review me, review me!'. So here you go.
Around the time I was having my love affair with the Clovenhoof series I was offered an advance copy of Disenchanted by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. I loved each and every Clovenhoof book I read and I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity (directly from the author) to read a new book from the hilarious writing duo of Goody and Grant.
Ella Hannaford thought she was leading a fairly normal life, had a good job, lived with her Dad and about to suffer the indignity of going to her future mother in law's hen party. Life seemed pretty normal until 7 foul mouthed dwarfs kidnap her from the hen party and drag her to an alternative fairy tale reality. The big bad wolf is the least of Ella's worries when she discovers that her very own fairy godmother is willing to do anything to give her a happily ever after!
I loved every page of every book of the Clovenhoof series and there was lots of lolling and rolfing on public transport. I was expecting to do something similar with Disenchanted but unfortunately, I am one of the very few who didn't find it that funny. I really wanted to find it funny and while I found bits and pieces a bit of a laugh, overall I only found it mildly amusing. I did however, find the concept unique and the authors are very creative. The pace of the story is perfect and I never knew what was going to happen next. If you are looking forward to a light-hearted story, don't mind quite a bit of swearing and like a good fairy tale then give it a read but if you are a big fan and expecting another Clovenhoof then this is your warning that it isn't as funny as that series.
That is it for me this week. Sorry it is so short. You won't hear from me next week (and maybe the week after) as I am off on holiday so see you in a couple of weeks. Happy Reading!
Pigeon Park Press, February 12, 2017
Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Pigeon Park Press, May 5, 2017
Ella Hannaford has a small business to run, an overworked father to look after and a future stepmother who wants a perfect wedding.
Can she avoid a girly night out with her clueless stepsister? Can she side-step lovesick suitors at every turn? Not if it’s up to that team of foul-mouthed dwarfs who want to forcibly drag her into her happily ever after.
Gingerbread cottages, dodgy European gangsters, gun-toting grannies, wisecracking wolves, stubborn fairy godmothers, ogres, beanstalks and flying carpets abound in a tale about what happens when you refuse to accept your Happy Ending.