NEW YORK (October 12, 2006) — Stephen King, the grand master of suspense and an international best-selling author, has been chosen to receive the highest award bestowed on an individual by Mystery Writers of America: the coveted Grand Master Award.
The annual Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery field and was established to recognize not only important contributions to the mystery field over time, but a significant output of consistently high quality as well.
“As Grand Master, Stephen King is the natural successor to Edgar Allan Poe,” says Reed Farrel Coleman, Executive Vice President of Mystery Writers of America. “King is that rare jack all trades who masters all he attempts. He is a fearless writer.”
King is an award-winning author of more than thirty books including MISERY, THE COLORADO KID, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, GERALD’S GAME and SECRET WINDOW, SECRET GARDEN. His latest novel, LISEY’S STORY is set to be released in October, 2006.
“I’m delighted to be getting the Grand Master Award and to be joining the company of some of my greatest idols and teachers — people like John D. MacDonald, Ed McBain, and Donald E. Westlake,” says King. “The award means a great deal to me personally, because it’s an award from people who understand two things: the importance of good writing and the importance of telling stories.”
King will receive the award at the 61st Annual Edgar Banquet to be held on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel (NY, NY).
The “Edgars,” as they are commonly known, are named after Mystery Writers of America’s patron saint Edgar Allan Poe and are awarded to authors of distinguished work in various categories.
Mystery Writers of America is a premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre.
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