ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WICKED SISTER gets a starred review from Publishers Weekly! In this “devastating, magic realism–dusted psychological thriller . . . Dionne paints a haunting portrait of a family hurtling toward the tragic destiny they can foresee but are powerless to stop.”
ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m thrilled to announce that translation rights to my new novel, THE WICKED SISTER, have sold in Korea, the Netherlands, and Poland. Rights were previously sold in the UK, Germany, Denmark, and Norway.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Dóttir Mýrarkóngsins (THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER) is now a bestseller in Iceland, landing on the Icelandic Publishers’ Association’s February 2019 list at #15!
ANNOUNCEMENT:THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER has hit the bestseller list in Sweden, holding the #1 spot on the paperback list for two weeks in a row!
ANNOUNCEMENT: During the awards presentation at Bouchercon in St. Petersburg, Florida, THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER won the Barry Award for Best Novel.
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER cracks the USA Today’s bestseller list at #126!
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER has been selected as a finalist in the fiction category by the Midwest Booksellers Association for the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards. Winners will be announced to the public in mid July.
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER has been nominated by members of Mystery Readers International for the Macavity Award for Best Novel. The winners will be announced at opening ceremonies at Bouchercon in St Petersburg, FL, in September.
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER has been nominated by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The organization will name the winner at a place and time to be announced.
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER has been nominated for a Barry Award in the Best Novel category. Winners will be announced September 6, 2018 at the St. Petersburg Bouchercon Opening Ceremonies.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The Library of Michigan selects THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Bookpage names THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER one of 10 Best Audiobooks of 2017!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Shelf Awareness names THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER to their best of 2017 list!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Library Journal selects THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER as one of the 5 best thrillers of 2017!
ANNOUNCEMENT: Suspense Magazine recognizes THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER with their Crimson Scribe Award, the highest honor the magazine gives to a book, singling it out across all categories as the Best Book of 2017.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia’s national book chain Dymocks’ has picked THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER as one of their Top 15 books of the year so far!
ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER (“DIE MOOR TOCHTER”) debuts at #8 on the German paperback bestseller list!
REVIEW: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review! “Subtle, brilliant, and mature . . . as good as a thriller can be.”
ANNOUNCEMENT: iBooks selects THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER as one of their “Summer Most Anticipated Reads.”
FEATURED: THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER is featured in the June issue of Cosmopolitan as ” . . . a nail-biter perfect for Room fans.”
ANNOUNCEMENT: Publishers Weekly selects THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER as one of their “Best Summer Books“!
REVIEW: Publishers Weekly gives THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER a starred review, calling it “exceptional,” and adding, “Helena’s conflicting emotions about her father and her own identity elevate this powerful story.” CLICK HERE to read the full review.
FEATURED: The Marsh King’s Daughter is showcased in the Bookseller, the UK’s definitive book industry magazine, as “One to Watch.”
ARTICLE: “10 of the most anticipated crime novels and thrillers of 2017” – inews.co.uk
2017 looks to be a bumper year for crime novels and thrillers, with books from big name authors alongside intriguing debuts and new English translations of international bestsellers. These ten thrilling reads are guaranteed to keep you awake at night.
ARTICLE: “Star Authors Put the Spotlight on Literacy” – Bahamas Tribune (May 27, 2016)
NOVELIST Lee Child, famed for his Jack Reacher thriller series which became a hit movie starring Tom Cruise, was among writers championing literacy at an event last night.
Also featuring were award-winning author Ann Hood, known for her bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer and The Red Thread., and her memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly and was a New York Times Editors Choice; and retreat co-founder Karen Dionne, who debuted the first reading of her novel, The Marsh King’s Daughter, coming summer 2017.
ANNOUNCEMENT: From THE BOOKSELLER (UK): Sphere has signed two books from thriller writer Karen Dionne for a “significant” six-figure sum following a “heated” seven-way publisher auction. Sphere secured UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, but including audio, to the two novels through literary agent Lorella Belli from LBLA, who brokered the deal on behalf of Folio Literary Management.
US rights were sold for a “major” seven-figure sum at auction to Putnam, and international pre-empts and auctions are currently being finalised in 10 translation territories, including Germany, Brazil, France and Poland. CLICK HERE to read the rest of the announcement.
ANNOUNCEMENT: From Publisher’s Marketplace: Founder of Backspace writers organization and Salt Cay Writers Retreat Karen Dionne’s THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER, about how, when a notorious child abductor escapes from prison, his daughter must use the wilderness skills her father taught her to hunt him down before he can kidnap her and her two young daughters, to Mark Tavani at Putnam, in a major deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management.
Rights previously sold to Verus in Brazil, in a preempt, Lindhardt & Ringhof in Denmark, in a preempt, Juritzen in Norway, De Fontein in Holland, at auction, and Altin in Turkey, by Molly Jaffa at Folio Literary Management. Dramatic rights: Sylvie Rabineau at RWSG.