Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction
Nevada Barr and Adrianne Harun were the recipients of the 2015 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The prizes were presented March 26, 2015, at the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House.
Bestselling author and New Orleanian Nevada Barr was the winner of the Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. The author of 22 books, many featuring her signature character, Anna Pigeon, Barr is the author of the current New York Times bestseller, Destroyer Angel.
In their statement about the choice of Barr, the committee said, “Nevada Barr is known for her commitment to getting the good word out about our national parks and has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for her work. Park ranger Anna Pigeon, Barr’s memorable protagonist in a long-running series, is one of those enduring and inspiring characters who shows what is possible for women - strong, fearless women. And in her most recent novel, Destroyer Angel, Barr extends her range to show how technology is making even the most wild landscape accessible to the differently abled.”
Barr said, “Getting the Pinckley Prize is a validation that New Orleans is my home, that I belong here.”
Washington State resident Adrianne Harun won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel, for her book, A Man Came Out Of A Door In The Mountain, published by Penguin Books. “This story captured our attention with its poetic language. The novel is a genre-expanding meditation on the nature of evil and how this force manifests in the world. Harun based her fictional story on the real-life unsolved mystery of the aboriginal women who have been murdered or remain lost along the infamous ‘Highway of Tears’ in northern British Columbia. The factual grounding adds a chilling resonance to her seductive and beautiful writing.”
Harun said, “Having A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain acknowledged with this particular award is an astonishing and deeply gratifying boon. I’m especially thrilled that the subject of this novel may receive more attention as a result and chalk that good fortune up to the enduring goodness and activism of Diana Pinckley herself. What an honor it is to have my work associated with her name and with the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans."
Laura Lippman and Gwen Florio were the recipients of the inaugural Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The prizes were presented March 22, 2014, at the 28th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House.
Bestselling author and part-time New Orleanian Laura Lippman was the winner of the first Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. The author of 19 books, many featuring her signature character, Baltimore detective Tess Monaghan, Lippman is the author of the current New York Times bestseller, After I’m Gone, published by William Morrow.
In their statement about the choice of Lippman, the committee said, “Laura Lippman is one of those writers whose dedication to her home town of Baltimore has captivated American readers. She has created an enduring sleuth in Tess Monaghan, a complex character dealing with the issues that every contemporary woman confronts. And more than that, in her stand-alone works, Lippman has transcended the limits and challenges of genre to become a distinguished writer of social realism. All that, and she has a wicked sense of humor!”
Lippman, said, “Of course I'm gratified to receive this award, but it is especially meaningful to me as I had the great luck to meet Diana, socially and professionally. I know we like to think that our culture, our society has moved beyond a point where we need prizes that are for certain genres or genders. But we haven't. And to have a prize that recognizes one's body of work, and to have that prize be part of Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans, a city that truly embraces reading -- I am overwhelmed at the honor of being the recipient. I love my second hometown."
Montana resident Gwen Florio won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel, for her first book, Montana, published by Permanent Press. “Out of a field of excellent debut crime novels, we picked Montana because we completely fell in love with the main character. It’s often difficult to pinpoint why someone is lovable. Suffice to say that Gwen Florio’s protagonist Lola fully lives on the page, and what is even more compelling about this brave, irascible character is that she continues to live after the book is closed. She's fearless, flawed, intelligent, reckless, and funny, but most of all, she is defined by loyalty to her friend and a relentless pursuit of her killer."
Florio said, “"As a recovering journalist, I’m honored and humbled that my novel featuring an investigative reporter has received this inaugural award named for a newspaper columnist – and that I share the award with another former journalist. It’s especially meaningful to receive it in this city long known for treasuring journalism, particularly in these difficult times."