For the last twenty years, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association has given the Dilys Award for the book we all most enjoyed selling the previous year. We all send in nominations, they’re boiled down to the five or six that got the most votes and then we all vote for the one book out of that group. The fun part is that it has nothing to do anything more than the pure enjoyment of selling a particular book. Here’s the IMBA website page listing of the two decades of nominees and winners.
We IMBA members are celebrating this milestone by giving away signed trade paperbacks of the latest winner, S.J. Rozan’s Ghost Hero.
How do you enter to win one of the two copies we have? You can’t – you have to come in and look for them because we’ve hidden them somewhere in the shop. They’re in plain sight (they’re not tucked under the award-winner display or secreted up in the ceiling tiles, they’re not in some dark corner – if you are looking right at them you’ll see them.
Call it a test of your investigative skills. Both of these copies have a special sticker on the back so that all know which are the copies that were hidden and, no, the copy that is on the shelf with her other books is NOT the one. Yesh, give us some credit!
The celebration is the week of Oct 13th – 21st. When we open tomorrow, Sat the 13th, they’ll both be somewhere visible in the public area of the shop (no, not in Fran’s desk!). We’ll have lists of the nominees and winners for you to peruse or carry around with you as you search and hope you’ll look them over and maybe find something and someone new to read.
Let the games begin!