Arthur Ellis

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Capital punishment, or the execution of someone found guilty of a crime, dates back to the arrival of European explorers on Canadian shores. Historically, punishment for serious crimes included hanging, death by firing squad, and burning at the stake. But by the time the Dominion of Canada was established in 1867, one method was available for the capital crimes of murder, rape, and treason:  hanging.

Recently I was the moderator for a panel discussion that was part of Calgary’s participation in the nationwide Arthur Ellis Crime Writing awards simultaneous shortlist announcements. The topic was “Not Your Grandmother’s Whodunit.” Over the course of the discussion the panelists and I examined the changing face of crime writing over the last century.

Steve Burrows Win Arthur Ellis Award!

Posted on May 29 by Kyle in Awards

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.