This weekend, Kellye Garrett won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for her book, Hollywood Homicide: A Detective By Day Mystery. She was cheered on by her agent, editor, family, and writer friends. Kellye made a wonderful speech, acknowledging Sujata Massey, who was in attendance and who was the last woman of color to win the award in 1997, as well as her fellow nominees. She encourages us all not to think of mysteries written by people of color as a trend, because trends go away. Kellye has also won a Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery and an Ippy (Independent Publisher Award) for Best First Book, Fiction for Hollywood Homicide.
(photo thanks to Midnight Ink)