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Bony Blithe 2021 Shortlist

This year is Bony Blithe’s 10th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than by announcing the shortlist for the 2021 Bony Blithe/Bloody Words Light Mystery Award:

Vicki Delany, There’s a Murder Afoot (Crooked Lane Books)
Candas Jane Dorsey, The Adventures of Isabel (ECW Press)
Liz Ireland, Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings (Kensington Books)
Thomas King, Obsidian (Harper Collins Canada)
Iona Wishaw, A Match Made for Murder (Touchwood Editios)

Congratulations to the nominees and their publishers. Pandammit or no pandammit, Canadian crime writing is thriving.

All these books are available as both print and ebooks. And because we all probably need some cheering up, check out this jolly shortlist video by Caro Soles. (Click the video to play.)



We have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2021 Bloody Words Mini-con/Bony Blithe Award Dinner, originally scheduled for Friday, May 28. However, we will be announcing the 2021 Bony Blithe winner online on May 28, so watch for an email or check Facebook or here on the Bony Blithe Website.

We don’t have a date or even a month for postponed 2021 mini-con/award dinner, but we certainly can’t let BB’s 10th birthday pass without a party! So we are looking at holding some kind of face-to-face event either this fall or perhaps next spring, and that’s where both the 2020 and 2021 BB winners will receive their award plaque and cheque. Stay tuned.


Bony Blithe 2021 Mini-Con Cancelled

As most of you have no doubt surmised, there will be no Bony Blithe mini-con and award gala on May 28, 2021. But…

Happy Birthday to Us! Yes, 2021 is Bony Blithe’s 10th birthday, which means that whatever event we hold, no matter what kind of event or when, will be something special (definitely involving a birthday cake and possibly sparklers).

We have some contingency plans for an eventual face-to-face BB event:

Plan A: We are looking at the possibility of having an event (mini-con, party, dinner, whatever) in Toronto sometime in October or November, God willin’ and the creek don’t rise…and enough of us are vaccinated. However, we will be limiting the number of attendees to comply with the almost-certain government regs on indoor gatherings.

Plan B: If Toronto has not opened up sufficiently by this fall for people to gather indoors, we will hold an event in spring 2022. Again, this all depends on vaccination levels.

So hang in, everyone, stay safe and sane, wear your mask, and get your vaccination as soon as it’s available to you. It may be faint, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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