Local author nominated for Crime Writers award


April 23, 2013

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Sandy Conrad, an author living near Paisley, has written a story shortlisted by Crime Writers of Canada for one of its 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards. ``Sins of the Fathers`` is one of eight stories in her collection Daughters and Other Strangers, published last August by The Brucedale Press.

Crime Writers of Canada Awards take the official name of the last hangman in Canada, and bring winners a wooden statuette of a moveable human figure on a gibbet. The 2013 winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on Thursday, May 30, in Toronto. Award categories include best novel, best novella, and best unpublished manuscript as well as the best short story from a magazine or anthology.

This year, the short-story category received more than 50 entries, with five making the judging panel’s shortlist. Conrad’s entry is set in Kincardine, where imagined characters revisit grisly incidents from their past. Typical of her stories, this one deals not only with crime, but with the great mysteries of the human heart.

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Sandy Conrad lives in Saugeen Shores, and has taught English, Drama, and Creative Writing at secondary schools in both Port Elgin and Kincardine. Her short stories have been winners in contests and published in anthologies around Ontario. Daughters and Other Strangers is her first solo collection.

Since 1994, The Brucedale Press has been publishing words from authors in the Queen’s Bush and Bruce Peninsula. This is the first of its publications nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award.

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