Greensburg author Michael Sims in running for Edgar Award

January 19, 2018
Local nonfiction writer Michael Sims of Greensburg, (left) talks with then director Cesare J. Muccari of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library during a 2012 'Library Libations' fundraiser. Sims is an Edgar Award nominee in the best critical biography category. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

Greensburg author and Tennessee native Michael Sims is in good writing company, one of five nominees for the Edgar Award in the best critical biography category for his book “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes” (Bloomsbury, $27).

The Mystery Writers of America has announced its list of nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017.

Winners will be announced at the 72nd gala banquet on April 26 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Sims’ book tells the “rich, true tale tracing the young Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes and the modern detective story. ... Filled with details that will surprise even the most knowledgeable Sherlockian, Arthur and Sherlock is a literary genesis story for detective fans everywhere,” reads an Amazon description.

Sims’ book, one of two nominees with a focus on Sherlock and Holmes, is posted alongside these other best critical/biographical entries in a news release:

• “From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women who Created an Icon” by Mattias Bostrom (Grove/Atlantic — The Mysterious Press);

• “Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier” by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martin’s Press);

• “Murder in the Closet: Essays on Queer Clues in Crime Fiction Before Stonewall” by Curtis Evans (McFarland Publishing);

• “Chester B. Himes: A Biography” by Lawrence P. Jackson (W.W. Norton & Company).

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaryPickels.