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Edgar Allen Poe Awards

On November 18, I learned that the Mystery Writers of America are bestowing the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement on me this coming April.  I feel really excited, and happy, and in a way, bewildered. It seems as though it was only yesterday that I was watching Julian Symons receive the Grand Master award at my first Edgar dinner in New York.  I was a novice and a stranger; I’d taken a half day of vacation time from my day job to fly out.  I didn’t know a soul, and I was seated at a table as far from the podium as you could get, but I was incredibly thrilled to see the writers I’d admired for years. Symons was followed the next year by the gifted Margaret Millar, and then John Le Carre.  Dorothy Salisbury Davis, one of my icons, received the Grand Master in 1985.  Dorothy later became not just a good friend, but an extraordinary mentor, not just in how to write, but in how to live.  I can’t believe I’m joining this legendary company.

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  • Congratulations, Sara!
    That’s so exciting – I’m thrilled for you!
    You deserve it.

  • ali alasali

    this is great news! i hope you really enjoy it. all the best

  • SANDI

    That’s fantastic! You deserve every inch of it!

    Isn’t it interesting how excitement, happiness, and bewilderment mix, mingle and mesh? Ah — nothing like that natural high!

    Again, congratulations! And thank you for your great novels and non-fiction. Their great reads as well as thought provoking.

  • Congratulations, Sara! An honor richly deserved!

  • Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Heartiest congrats.
    You earned it. And as your reader I am so happy to be reading books by an author who have won prestigious awards.
    Am sure you have read Stieg Larsson’s book The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo. Blonkvist also read your book.

  • Saule

    I’ve been always wondering why you, the winner of multiple daggers of UK, don’t have any award of MWA.
    Is it because UK is a country of queens and the iron lady, and USA still doesn’t have a woman president?
    Anyway, yes, you deserve it. Congratulations!

  • Congratulations from Spain!

  • Shirley

    The Edgar Allen Poe, or Edgar, award is called the “Oscar” of mystery writing, according to source. Thus, you are getting the equivalent of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Motion Picture Academy Awards. As readers of your work, we aren’t a bit surprised and think it’s high time!

  • Thank you for these comments. I am more grateful and touched by your support than I can well express.

  • genny from jersey

    Yeah!! Doing the happy dance for this wonderful acknowledgement of your work. Congratulations. This is well deserved.

  • Of course you deserve it! Congratulations Sara.

  • Earl Swallow

    Congratulations Sara, from all of your friends at Elmhurst College.

  • annika

    Big congratulations!

  • Dino

    Well, duh. My only question is, “Why’d it take so long?” Anyway, Mazel tov!

  • Congratulations! The commenters are right on — you and VI have touched many lives.

  • HUGE congrats, Sara!

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