Diversity in Sameness

At the Villa Rose

So the Best Novel Edgar has gone – what a surprise – to Walter Mosley, the second year in a row that a person of colour wins the award.
“Diversity at last” says Twitter.
“Diversity my ass” says I.
There is no denying that starting last year the MWA have begun opening their doors to people and groups long left behind by mystery awards. This is a good thing as far as symbolism goes but does nothing to solve the Edgars’s real diversity problem; actually it may even worsen it.
One of the reasons why America has more mystery awards than everywhere else in the world – there is virtually one for every subgenre, from traditional mysteries to PI stories to thrillers – is that the Edgars favour an extremely narrow subset of the genre (the so-called “literary mystery” preferably with a noirish bent) and flat out…

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