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Chance to nominate favourite crime authors for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award

The Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain(CWA) Dagger in the Library Award gives readers and librarians in the UK the chance to nominate their favourite crime author for this prestigious award.  I was delighted to have reached the long list  in 2008 and would be chuffed if I made it again to either the long list or the short list.

Nominations opened on 1st January 2012 and close on 31st March 2012 so there's time to get your vote in.

Sponsored by the publishers, Random House, the Dagger is awarded to a writer nominated by library users and chosen by a panel of librarians, all of whom work with the public. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for the author’s body of work.

The nominated authors must be alive, preferably working in Britain. The award is for a body of work and entries from reading groups or individuals are submitted through libraries. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the CWA website by clicking the links at the top of the right-hand column.

Groups who nominated the winning author will be entered into a draw for £300 to be spent on books and all groups whose nominated authors are shortlisted are entered into a draw for two tickets to the award announcements

Details of long-listed authors will be announced in April 2012. Shortlisted authors will in May 2012. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Summer 2012.  For further information visit the CWA web site or  have a chat with your local librarian and ask them to nominate your favourite crime writer.

Pauline Rowson will be at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 4 February between 10.30am to 12.30pm to help celebrate National Libraries Day.

She'll be talking about her marine mystery crime novels and thrillers which are set in the Solent area, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and there will be the opportunity to win signed copies of her books with a murder mystery quiz hunt for clues around the library, and the chance to be named as a character in one of her forthcoming DI Horton crime novels.

Tickets cost £3.00 and can be purchased at any library in Portsmouth or by contacting libraries@portsmouthcc.gov.uk