National Crime Reading Month to launch in June

National Crime Reading Month to launch in June

Libraries, booksellers, publishers and festivals are being invited to take part in National Crime Reading Month this June.

The annual festival is held throughout the UK, and is hosted by the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA). This year the majority of events are expected to be online, or hybrid, due to Covid restrictions. The event took place in May last year, but is reverting to the June slot to coincide with the refreshed Dagger award dates for 2021. The Dagger longlists will be announced on 15th April, the shortlists on 20th May, and the winners on 1st July.

Linda Stratmann, chair of the CWA, said: “We want to invite bookshops, libraries, publishers, conventions and festivals that celebrate the crime genre to take part. Our sister network, the Crime Readers’ Association, is one of the largest communities of crime genre readers in the world, so this June is a unique opportunity to get an author event or reading initiative infront of that dedicated audience. We are now inviting the book world to get in touch to consult us over how our CWA members can participate nationwide in their crime-genre reading or writing initiatives, both fiction and non-fiction, which we will support via our websites and networks throughout June.”

The CWA supports author members alongside literary agents, publishers, bloggers and editors with a monthly magazine and website. It set up the Crime Readers’ Association as a free network to give readers news and information, as well as offer tips for new writers working in the genre. 

Secretary of the CWA Dea Parkin added: “This summer, nobody knows if they will be able to escape abroad on holiday. One thing that is guaranteed is the option to escape through a good book. We hope National Crime Reading Month this June will lead the great escape we all desperately need after such a difficult year.”