Thursday, November 17, 2005

My Thoughts on the CWA

I was going to write a long and serious post about the Crime Writer's Association, which is currently beset with controversy over it's decision to ban translations from it's "Dagger" awards. I was going to suggest that this controversy is besides the point, and that the real problem with the CWA is that it has so far largely ignored novels coming from the cutting edge, award-reaping publisher Serpent's Tail. Specifically, Serpent's Tail novels that are set in "lost towns", and narrated by unstable doormen. Specifically, novels of that ilk that contain a lot of swearing, violence, and tastefully portayed sex. That is the real problem with the CWA and their Dagger awards, as I see them.

I was going to write some heartfelt stuff along those lines, but I'm not sure if it do any good, you know? So instead, ladies and gents, I give you ugly footballers.


Tribe said...

I just don't get that, Charlie. Do Brit readers really prefer something other than what the good folks at Serpent's Tail have been putting out?

Charlie Williams said...

Tribe, I really wouldn't know what Brit readers prefer. Probably the same as Yank readers, all in all. What I do know is that a certain favourite author of mine - one who writes amazing mysteries and crime novels which have won award on your side - has not won a Dagger. He's not British, but he's not far off. And the cannon of crime lit *set* in the UK has been immeasurably enriched by his contribution. But so far he hasn't had a big publisher behind him over here. And he hasn't won a Dagger. Coincidence?

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