In October, Associate Professor of English Bill Beverly’s novel Dodgers won two awards from the Crime Writers’ Association: the Gold Dagger, for the best crime novel of the year, and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger, for the year’s best debut crime novel. Dodgers is the first novel in the awards’ history to win both. On January 19, Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, it was selected as one of six contenders for the Best First Novel Edgar, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America.
Dodgers was recognized with positive reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Le Monde, and Le Figaro. Amazon named it one of the Top 100 Editors’ Picks of the Year. At present the book has been or will be published in nine languages.
It was longlisted by The Guardian’s Not the Man Booker Prize contest and the ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Merit in Fiction. It was shortlisted by the NAIBA, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, for Best Novel of the Year.
In additional news, Beverly spoke on a panel titled “The Underbelly” at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April, with Steph Cha, Tod Goldberg, and Nobel laureate Viet Thanh Nguyen. In October he spoke on a panel titled “Born in the USA” at the Cheltenham (England) Literary Festival with Donald Ray Pollock.
We applaud and celebrate Dr. Beverly for the well-deserved success of his debut novel.
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