2015 WHITNEY AWARD FINALIST
LIE CATCHERS NAMED AS FINALIST
IN 8th ANNUAL WHITNEY AWARDS
WHITNEY AWARD WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
AT THE PROVO MARRIOTT HOTEL ON MAY 7
February 9, 2016—The novel Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop, has been listed as a Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense category in the 8th annual Whitney Awards celebrating excellent fiction by LDS authors.
The Whitney Awards program honors the best novels published by Latter-day Saint writers each year. It was founded in 2007 by novelist Robison Wells and named after 19th century Mormon apostle Orson F. Whitney—a writer who preached of the importance of literature, including his famous prophecy stating “We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.”
More than 300 books were nominated for consideration in eight categories: General Fiction, Historical, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Speculative, General Youth Fiction, Speculative Youth, and Middle Grade. Paul Bishop’s novel Lie Catchers is a finalist in the Mystery/Suspense category.
A novelist, screenwriter, and television personality, Paul Bishop spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department where he was twice honored as Detective of the Year. He is the author of fifteen novels, including the Whitney nominated Lie Catchers—the first in a new series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall.
The Whitney Awards differs from other literary awards in that they are reader-based. Novels can be nominated by any reader (via the Whitney Awards website). Once a book receives five reader nominations, it advances to the judging round. The top nominees in each category become finalists, and are then are voted on by an academy of industry professionals, including authors, publishers, bookstore owners, distributors, critics, and others.
“The competition grows fiercer every year,” 2015 Whitney Awards president Jaime Theler said. “LDS authors are making their mark—their books on NYT Bestseller Lists, at the top of Amazon sales, and winning other literary awards. Being named a Whitney Finalist is an important achievement. It means these books are the cream of the crop.”
“Clearly, it is an honor to be nominated for any award, but the Whitney awards are special. Not only do they support LDS writers, but the nominated novels and the winners are decided by a vast array of readers and industry professionals. The nomination is prestigious and I am humbled to find myself on a list with such distinguished company.”—Paul Bishop
Winners will be announced and the awards presented at the Whitney Awards gala held at the Provo Marriott Hotel on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 7:30PM, following the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference.
Details about the Whitney Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at http://whitneyawards.com