Charlaine Harris is Mystery Writers of America 2021 Grand Master!

We are very happy to report that earlier this week, the Mystery Writers of America chose Charlaine Harris as a 2021 Grand Master! Harris shares the title with Jeffrey Deaver. We hope you will join us in congratulating Charlaine on this very well-deserved appointment and honour!

Here’s what MWA president Meg Gardiner had to say about the appointments…

‘Mystery Writers of America is thrilled to honor Jeffery Deaver and Charlaine Harris as MWA’s 2021 Grand Masters. Over the course of decades, Deaver and Harris have gripped tens of millions of readers while broadening the reach of the genre with transformative books—notably, Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series, and Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels—and while generously encouraging and supporting fellow writers and the reading public. We’re delighted to recognize their achievements.’

Harris and other honourees will receive their awards at the 75th Annual Edgar Awards Ceremony, which will be held on April 29, 2021.

Charlaine is the best-selling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which were adapted into HBO’s True Blood TV series. The novels are published in the UK by Gollancz.

Gollancz also publishes the Midnight, Texas series in the UK.

The author’s Aurora Teagarden mystery series is published in the UK by Piatkus.

Charlaine’s latest series, the Gunnie Rose, is also published in the UK by Piatkus. The third novel, THE RUSSIAN CAGE, is due out in 2021.

Zeno represents Charlaine Harris in the UK and Commonwealth, on behalf of the JABberwocky Literary Agency in New York.

Ian McDonald is a European Grand Master of Science Fiction!

A little while ago, Ian McDonald was named as a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the European Science Fiction Society! The author of a number of acclaimed and award-winning sci-fi novels and novellas, we just wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate Ian on this very well-deserved accolade!

(It was also another opportunity to share the above photograph, taken by Alan Bellingham, who was at the ceremony.)

In the spirit of this being a European award, we wanted to also draw your attention to the European editions of Ian’s latest series, Luna. At least the first novel in the series is available in the following territories: the UK, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Romania, Hungary, Italy, and Croatia.

Here’s the English-language synopsis for NEW MOON (which is also published in North America by Tor Books)…

The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family’s status in the Moon’s vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

Congratulations again, Ian!