A Passion For Crime

David Housewright uses crime to explore larger issues, but that doesn’t make his books any less fun to read.

David Housewright
Photo by Stephanie Colgan

Chills, Thrills, and Quills

Dying to write a crime novel of your own?

In April, The Loft is hosting a weekend-long Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Conference for aspiring authors who want to break into the genre. David Housewright will be among the many award-winning writers sharing their secrets on everything from plotting and creating characters to crafting violent scenes and writing about the paranormal. The conference’s keynote speakers are Marcus Sakey and William Kent Krueger. Other writer/teachers include Ellen Hart, Erin Hart, Wendy Webb, David Oppegaard, Mary Logue, Chuck Logan, and Michael Stanley. April 27–28. $250 ($225 for Loft members), The Loft Literary Center, Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-215-2575,

National Award Winners


The past year has been very good to Minnesota titles on the national (and international) stage.
Trust us, all of these books are winners:

Pulitzer Prize (Poetry)

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)

National Book Award (Fiction)

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich (Harper Collins)

National Book Award (Young People’s Literature)

Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

American Book Award (Poetry)

What Have You Done to Our Ears To Make Us Hear Echoes?, by Arlene Kim (Milkweed Editions)

Common- wealth Book Prize (Fiction)

Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, by Shehan Karunatilaka (Graywolf Press)

James Laughlin Award (Poetry)

The Game of Boxes, by Catherine Barnett (Graywolf Press)

Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Canada)

Siege 13, by Tamas Dobozy (Milkweed Editions)

National Book Critic’s Circle Award (2013)

Useless Landscape: A Guide for Boys, by D.A. Powell (Graywolf Press)

Poetry Society of America’s Frost Award (2013)

• Robert Bly, for “distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry,” the society’s highest honor.