They have different classes of membership. As I am not a writer of crime fiction I have joined as an associate member. The annual dues are $86.00.
As part of the membership I get the monthly CWC newsletter, Crime Beat.
Because of all the other commitments in my life I have not asked to participate in any committees. I have asked for information on the Edgar Awards.
I do not anticipate ever becoming a judge. I am not so presumptuous as to think they would want me as a judge. Even were it possible, having looked at the lists judges are expected to read, the process would dominate my reading for the year. I do not want to spend all my reading time on the nominated books. I admire those judges who will commit to all the reading required. I have decided I am going to try to read all of the short list for Best Novel so that I can reach my own conclusions on what is the best for the year.
I am going to try to find out how the winning choice is made. I am not sure whether it is a straight vote of the judges or a vote after a discussion or an effort at consensus. In the past I have never read all of books on any short list so it is hard to say whether I agree or disagree with the chosen book.
For our vast country the CWC has come up with a method of joining the country together to announce the short lists for the different categories of the Edgars. There are reveal events in
Vancouver , Calgary ,
Toronto and Ottawa
on April 18 with a different category being revealed at each event. I will pass
on the short lists after reveal day. Montreal
As one of the almost 300 members of the CWC.I hope blog readers will drop by the website which is http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/.