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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Read This


Otto Penzler makes reading fun, when he writes like this.


Indulge yourself.


  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    Do you know I have never heard of this writer?

  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    I had not heard of him, either, Brenda. I was impressed at the quality of his writing in the New York Sun article. Here are some more details:

    "Otto Penzler is the proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He was the publisher of The Armchair Detective, the Edgar-winning quarterly journal devoted to the study of mystery and suspense fiction, for seventeen years. Mr. Penzler was the founder of The Mysterious Press, which has now become part of the Warner publishing empire; he also created the publishing firm of Otto Penzler Books, which is now an imprint at Harcourt, and The Armchair Detective Library, a publishing house devoted to reprinting classic crime fiction for the collector and library markets.

    "In 1977, he won an Edgar Award for The Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection. The Mystery Writers of America gave him the prestigious Ellery Queen Award at the 1994 Edgars for his exceptional contributions to the publishing field. He was also honored with a Raven in 2003.

    "Mr. Penzler's most recent publications are The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year, which he edits for Houghton Mifflin (1997 Guest Editor, Robert B. Parker; 1998 Guest Editor, Sue Grafton; 1999 Guest Editor, Ed McBain; 2000 Guest Editor, Donald E. Westlake; 2001 Guest Editor, Lawrence Block; 2002 Guest Editor, James Ellroy; 2003 Guest Editor, Michael Connelly; 2004 Guest Editor, Nelson DeMille; 2005 Guest Editor, Joyce Carol Oates); Best American Crime Writing (with Thomas H. Cook), an annual series for Random House; Murder Is My Racquet, an anthology of original tennis mysteries; Dangerous Women, an anthology of femme fatale stories; Murderer's Row, an anthology of original baseball mysteries; and Murder On the Ropes, an anthology of original boxing mysteries; the original anthologies edited for Delacorte, Murder For Love (1996), Murder For Revenge (1998), and Murder and Obsession (1999); and the Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, Guest Edited by Tony Hillerman. He wrote 101 Greatest Movies of Mystery and Suspense for ibooks and the Literary Guild.

    "He was born July 8, 1942.
    Office: 58 Warren Street, New York, New York 10007.
    Agent: Nat Sobel, 146 East 19th Street, New York, New York 10023 - (212) 420-8585."


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