We couldn’t be more proud to learn that Michael Dirda’s On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling has won the Mystery Writers of America’s 2012 Edgar Award for Best Critical or Biographical Work. The Pulitzer Prize winning critic and author, whose “Library Without Walls” column appears monthly in the BNR, has penned a fascinating and unique book that weaves together Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and work — which included, in addition to the Sherlock Holmes stories, wonderful works of historical fiction and adventure — with a memoir of Dirda’s own boyhood, a peek into the world of the “Baker Street Irregulars,” and a meditation on the power of fiction.
Edgars also went to Mo Hayder for Gone (Best Novel), Lori Roy for Bent Road (Best First Novel), Robert Jackson Bennett for The Company Man (Best Paperback Original), Candice Millard for Destiny of the Republic (Best Fact Crime), Matthey J. Kirby for Icefall (Best Juvenile) and Dandi Daley Mackall for The Silence of Murder (Best Young Adult).
Our congratulations to Michael — and to all of this year’s winners!
– BILL TIPPER