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Sunday, January 31, 2021

It's official . . .

 cj Sez: The Library of Congress says: The year 2021 brings a treasure trove of 1925 works into the public domain. Indeed, the BBC has asked whether 1925 might have been “The Greatest Year for Books Ever? ”

Time's Up

   The term of copyright has ended for works published or registered in 1925. Which means, they are joining pre-1924 works already in the public domain and are/will be available for use by everyone without restrictions.

   The article from the Library of Congress offers a couple of highlights from the list (read them here: 
but if you want to know more about copyrights and what you can and can’t do, here’s link to a search rabbit hole that will keep you occupied for hours, if not days.


   Did you know the 2021 Left Coast Crime convention has been rescheduled for 2022, but the 2021 Lefty Awards continue? This year, the awards will be voted on virtually and presented online April 10, 2021.

   For those unfamiliar with the event, Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors, and they’ve announced the 2021 Lefty nominees for books published in 2020.

 Here’s your chance to see if one of favorite authors is on their acclaimed list:

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel

° Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard (Crooked Lane Books)
° Jennifer J. Chow, Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (Berkley Prime Crime)
° Carl Hiaasen, Squeeze Me (Alfred A. Knopf)
° Cynthia Kuhn, The Study of Secrets (Henery Press)
° J. Michael Orenduff, The Pot Thief Who Studied the Woman at Otowi Crossing (Aakenbaaken & Kent)
° Sung J. Woo, Skin Deep (Agora Books)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel   (Bruce Alexander Memorial) for books covering events before 1970

° Susanna Calkins, The Fate of a Flapper (Minotaur Books)
° Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder (Kensington Books)
° Laurie R. King, Riviera Gold (Bantam Books)
° Catriona McPherson, The Turning Tide (Quercus)
° Ann Parker, Mortal Music (Poisoned Pen Press)
° James W. Ziskin, Turn to Stone (Seventh Street Books)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel

° Daisy Bateman, Murder Goes to Market (Seventh Street Books)
° Mary Keliikoa, Derailed (Camel Press)
° Erica Ruth Neubauer, Murder at the Mena House (Kensington Books)
° Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club (Viking)
° Halley Sutton, The Lady Upstairs (Putnam)
° David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts (Ecco)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel

° Tracy Clark, What You Don’t See (Kensington Books)
° S.A. Cosby, Blacktop Wasteland (Flatiron Books)
° Matt Coyle, Blind Vigil (Oceanview Publishing)
° Rachel Howzell Hall, And Now She’s Gone (Forge)
° Louise Penny, All the Devils Are Here (Minotaur Books)

 CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees!


cj Sez: That’s enough for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

P.S.  My stand-alone novels (suspense with a touch of romance) are out of print on Amazon, but The Haunted Bookshop has signed copies in stock. The store has re-opened to limited hours, so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can stop and shop, too. 

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