Mystery Writers of America announced yesterday its Grand Masters for 2009: James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton — the first time in three decades that writers have shared this lifetime achievement honor in a single year. (In 1978, Daphne du Maurier, Dorothy B. Hughes, and Ngaio Marsh were honored together.) Complete information is available here and should be posted at the MWA site soon as well.
And looking back to another grand master of mystery: The December 2008/January 2009 issue of BookForum offers some historic perspectives on two upcoming Sherlock Holmes movies, with Robert Downey Jr. and Sacha Baron Cohen each taking a turn under the deerslayer hat (and with Will Ferrell as Dr. Watson in the latter case). Purists — and others — will appreciate the context provided, and the article also starts out with information on the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.