Murder Most Marvelous..... 



     The Missouri Writers’ Guild has presented the Walter Williams Major Work Award to Carolyn Mulford, Columbia, for her novel Show Me the Murder. The presentation took place on Saturday, April 12th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, during the Guild’s 99th annual conference.

    Named for the founder of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Guild, the award goes to a publication or production judged “to be worthy of special recognition because of the research or high literary quality involved in its creation.” The Missouri Center for the Book sponsored the award.

    Guild president Steven Wiegenstein, Columbia, presented this top award and other awards for various types of writing. Show Me the Deadly Deer, the second in Mulford’s mystery series, received Honorable Mention in the “Show Me” Best Book category. Blank Slate Press sponsored that award.

    Walter Williams grew up in Boonville, was orphaned at 14, left school to support his siblings, and became the editor of the local newspaper in his early twenties. He worked for years to gain approval to found the world's first school of journalism in 1908. He had the backing of the Missouri Press Association. He traveled around the world, including China, promoting journalism education (the Missouri method) and advocating the Journalist's Creed, his creation. He had a high school diploma but no university degree except honorary ones. This remarkable man served as the president of MU.  Carolyn Mulford is particularly well suited to receive an award with roots in journalism.  She worked as a magazine editor in Washington, D.C. and Vienna, Austria, before becoming a freelance writer and editor. She moved to Columbia in 2007 to switch her focus from nonfiction to fiction.  Speaking with Larisa Cassell, president of the MCB, the author said: "When you publish your first novel for adults at 73, such recognition means a lot. This award ranks in personal importance with MCB's selection of The Feedsack Dress as the Great Read for the 2009 National Book Festival."


     Greg Michalson of Unbridled Books, one of the judges,said about the winning book: "Show Me the Murder, is a satisfying page turner, with engaging characters the reader can easily root for and a story full of twists, turns and surprising encounters. I enjoyed the read."

     Second place went to Speaking of Apraxia by Leslie A. Lindsay (Woodbine House); and third place went to Counterfeit by Scott L. Miller (Layla Dog Press). 

     The Missouri Center for the Book would like to thank everyone who submitted their work for consideration.  We are grateful to the Missouri Writers' Guild for its dedication to the writers of our state and for the opportunity to sponsor this annual award through the MWG.   CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!