The latest quarterly issue of The Strand Magazine boasts a few familiar faces; some easily recognizable and some quickly becoming so. In his article The Winners’ Circle, Bruce DeSilva covers Strand Magazine’s annual Critics Awards which took place in Manhattan and honored two of Michigan’s own.
It takes but a mere second to register Elmore Leonard’s subtle smile staring back from one of several glossy black and whites taken at The Strand event back in July. Leonard, a longtime Michigan resident, was presented with The Strand Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award; his third such award this year. Though Leonard is lightheartedly quoted as saying he doesn’t “know if that’s too good a sign,” he continued to encourage those writers in attendance to have fun in the process; sound advice coming from a literary icon who has sold “well over 20” of his books to Hollywood.
Also on the scene was native Detroiter Bryan Gruley, who tied for best first novel with his hockey-based sensation Starvation Lake (Josh Bazell also won for Beat the Reaper). Fairly new to the genre, Gruley is making plenty of noise with his Starvation Lake series which is based on a fictional town in northern Michigan. His second book, The Hanging Tree, was released last year and snagged a spot on the 2011 Michigan Notable Book List. Gruley must at least be having a little bit of fun – he’s already hard at work on his next Starvation Lake installment titled The Skeleton Box.
For Bruce DeSilva’s full article and the latest in Strand Magazine, check out Issue XXXII 2010, or link to www.strandmag.com. This issue includes Alexander McCall Smith, Dennis Lehane, and Peter James to name a few. And did you know that Strand resides right here in Birmingham, Michigan? Just one more reason to support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters.
-Post by Megan Shaffer