Steve Burrows Win Arthur Ellis Award!

Steve Burrows Win Arthur Ellis Award!

Posted on May 29 by Kyle in Awards
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Dundurn is excited to announce that Steve Burrows's heralded debut, A Siege of Bitterns, has added Arthur Ellis Award winner to its already impressive list of accolades. The novel was awarded the prize for Best First Novel in a ceremony Thursday evening at Toronto's iconic Arts & Letters Club. Burrows, who is on tour currently in the Northwest Territories, was unable to pick up the award in person, but was thrilled by the news.

In its official commendation, the judging panel for Canada's top crime writing prize described A Siege of Bitterns as "a very well-written and well-crafted police procedural that hooks readers from the get-go," and singled out Burrows's success in "bringing the salt marshes of Norfolk alive and in introducing the world of birding in a captivating manner, even for ornithophobes."

Since its release in April of 2014, A Siege of Bitterns has enjoyed continued success. In addition to earning stellar reviews across Canada, the title was included in the Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2014 list and more recently was shortlisted for the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.  

Throughout 2015, Burrows will be busy promoting the second instalment of his Birder Murder Mystery Series, A Pitying of Doves, with appearances at the Kingston Writers Festival and the Vancouver Writers Fest scheduled for the fall.