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Ann Cleeves receives her Honorary Award at Iceland Noir

Iceland Noir is one of Ann's star events of any year - especially in 2016 when she was the first recipient of Iceland Noir's Honorary Award for Services to the Art of Crime Fiction. (Photograph © Garrick Webster; used with permission). The Crime Fiction Lover blog explains: "She has been instrumental in helping the bi-annual event establish itself. She's also an advocate for reading and library provision, while in her books she explores families and communities and how they're affected by dramatic events... such as murder." (and that the award was accompanied by an authentic Icelandic wool blanket, very welcome in Reykjavik in November.

Writing about it in her Diary, Ann says: " I was astonished and delighted. There was a plaque and a beautiful Icelandic woollen blanket. I will treasure them both and of course I'll be back in two years time. If you love books, the company of readers and writers, and a landscape to take your breath away, you should be there too."

Ann will be touring in the US, ahead of her attendance at Malice Domestic: details are still to be finalised, but here are some dates for your diaries!

Thursday 20th April
University Bookstore, Seattle
Friday 21st April
Copperfield's San Francisco "Dinners to Die For" (ticketed event)
Saturday 22nd April
Anne's Book Carnival, Los Angeles
Sunday 23rd April
Murder By the Book, Houston
Monday 24th April
Poisoned Pen, Phoenix
Tuesday 25th April
Rainy Day Books, Kansas City
Wednesday 26th April
McIntyre's, Raleigh NC
Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th April
Malice Domestic Bethesda, Maryland; Ann will be interviewing guest of honour Elaine Viets
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June
Alibis in the Archives, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden: a new event to celebrate the establishment of the CWA and Detection Club archives.
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd July
Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate: Ann is on a panel at 10.00 am on Sunday 23rd July, talking about VERA with Brenda Blethyn, Kenny Doughty and interviewed by Steph McGovern.
Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th October
Bouchercon, Toronto, followed by a Canadian tour.
Wednesday 1st - Saturday 4th November
Ann will be at the SILK Festival, Skudeneshavn, Norway from Friday 3rd - Monday 6th November