Omni Daily News: CWA Awards, Monroe & Duff's Reading, Mandela's Writing
Crime Writer's Association winners announced: This year's CWA Gold Dagger went to Belinda Bauer for her chillingly convincing debut, Blacklands. Simon Conway took the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for A Loyal Spy, while Ryan David Jahn won the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger with Acts of Violence.
On Marilyn Monroe's shelves: Another sneak peek at Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters (available tomorrow) via GalleyCat Reviews should put to bed even casual comparisons between Monroe and Lindsay Lohan, who--we can only assume--has yet to read Beckett, Flaubert, Camus, Conrad, Steinbeck, Kerouac, Hemingway, or Ellison.
On Hilary Duff's shelves: As the pop singer and Lizzie McGuire star's paranormal romance novel, Elixir, releases tomorrow, Duff gives The New York Post a look at her library, starting with The Hunger Games and The Pact, and advises aspiring authors that "I wrote a book, so it goes to show you that anyone can write a book if they have an idea." It's that easy.
Moving and shaking: Released today, Nelson Mandela's new memoir, Conversations with Myself, delves into his private archive of letters, private recordings, and diaries--including those he kept during 27 years in prison, recording everything from his blood pressure to the content of his dreams--to deliver (in the words of Verne Harris, an archivist at the Mandela Foundation who put together the book) a "Mandela who is fallible, who is quirky, who is vulnerable, and that opens for me a Nelson Mandela who's far more accessible" [via CNN]. It's moving up our Movers & Shakers list--and nearing the top of our Bestsellers in Books.