Awards: McIlvanney Scottish Crime; Rona Jaffe

A shortlist has been released for the £1,000 (about $1,300) McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. The winner will be announced September 8. The 2017 shortlisted books are:

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid
The Long Drop by Denise Mina
The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid by Craig Russell
Murderabilia by Craig Robertson
How to Kill Friends and Implicate People by Jay Stringer


The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its 23rd annual Writers' Awards to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers, each of whom will receive $30,000: Aamina Ahmad (fiction), Ama Codjoe (poetry), Ebony Flowers (fiction/nonfiction), Tiana Nobile (poetry), Dominica Phetteplace (fiction) and Shawna Kay Rodenberg (nonfiction).

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