Congratulations to Margaret Kinsman, recipient of the Mystery Writers of America‘s 2016 Raven Award!
As a mentor, teacher, scholar, and editor, Margaret Kinsman has supported and promoted both the mystery genre as a whole and many individual writers. As senior lecturer in popular culture at Southbank University in London from 1991 – 2012, she played a leading role in making crime fiction an important and legitimate field of study. She has worked hard both to expand readership of our genre in the general public and to expand understanding of the genre as a powerful form of social commentary.
From 2004 to 2011, Kinsman served as Executive Editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection, the only American scholarly journal dedicated to the mystery. She continues to serve Clues as a consulting editor. She is an international authority on Margery Allingham and has published extensively on other American crime writers. She is a U.S. citizen who divides her time between London and Iowa City, Iowa, where she is conducting research in the Nancy Drew archives at the University of Iowa.
When told that she would receive the Raven Award, Kinsman said “”I am thrilled to know the MWA is giving me the Raven award this year – such recognition is indeed an unexpected, and very exciting, honour!”