The Missouri Writers’ Guild presented the Walter Williams Major Work Award to me April 12 for Show Me the Murder. The presentation took place during the Guild’s 99th annual conference. The Guild president noted that a nonfiction book usually receives this award.
The award goes to a publication or production judged “to be worthy of special recognition because of the research or high literary quality involved in its creation.” The award held special significance for me because Williams founded not only the Guild but also the University of Missouri School of Journalism, my alma mater.
Show Me the Deadly Deer, the second in the series, received Honorable Mention in the “Show Me” Best Book (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) category.
Both books were eligible for awards because they were published in 2013.