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Friday, May 14, 2004

The Diamond Dagger Award Ceremony 

On May 12, at the Savoy Hotel, Lawrence Block became the latest recepient--and only the third American author--of the CWA's Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement in Crime Fiction. Presenting the award and making a speech was Simon Kernick, a self-professed "huge fan" whose own work is greatly influenced by Block's ouevre. Block, who attended with his wife Lynne, himself gave a speech which was warmly received by the crowd. In attendance were fellow authors like Mark Billingham, John Harvey, CWA President Hilary Bonner, Simon Brett, the gang from SHOTS (Mike Stotter, Ali Karim, Ayo Ontade, Liz Hatherell and her consort Myles Allfrey) and Thalia Proctor, manager of Goldsboro Books. Pictures of the event will, no doubt, be made available in a forthcoming issue of SHOTS, which I'm looking forward to if only to see how dressed up everybody was!

Again, huge congratulations to Larry for the award.

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