The Grandmaster of MWA

The Mystery Writers of America has announced its Grandmaster for 2006, and the honor — thoroughly deserved, goes to Stuart Kaminsky.

According to the press release sent out this morning, the announcement was made by MWA President Margaret Maron, who said the board’s decision was based on the Edgar Award-winning author’s mastery of the genre in fiction and non-fiction, as well as motion pictures.

Kaminsky is the author of 50 published novels (most recently TERROR TOWN, published by Tor), five  biographies, four textbooks, and more than three dozen short stories.

The six-time Edgar nominee, who won for his novel “A Cold Red Sunrise” in 1989, is a past president of the organization.