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Douglas G. Greene, Old Dominion University professor of history, and Sisters in Crime received the George N. Dove Award from the Detective/Mystery Caucus of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association on April 5. The award was presented during the PCA/ACA's Annual Conference in Boston.

Greene is the owner of Crippen & Landru, publisher of short story collections of both classic and contemporary mystery authors. He is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated "John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles" (1995) on locked-room mystery master Carr. His work for publishers such as Dover Publications, Harper, and Doubleday brought back many Victorian-era and Golden Age detective works for the enjoyment of fans and academics alike.

"Through his scholarship and extensive mystery publishing activities, Dr. Greene exemplifies the spirit of George Dove," said Marty S. Knepper, cochair of the caucus.

Sisters in Crime will receive a special Dove Award to mark its 20th year in the support of female mystery writers, enhancing appreciation and study
of their work in both academic and popular venues. "All of us who read, teach, and study women mystery writers owe a big debt to Sisters in Crime," Knepper remarked.

The Dove Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the serious study of mystery and crime fiction and is named for the late George N. Dove, a pioneer in mystery scholarship. Past recipients include distinguished author-critic H.R.F. Keating; the late John M. Reilly, editor of "Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers," and Margaret Kinsman and Elizabeth Foxwell, executive editor and managing editor respectively of the scholarly periodical "Clues: A Journal of Detection."

The PCA's Detective/Mystery Caucus is part of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association, joint organizations that support the scholarly interpretation and critique of popular literature, film, TV, advertising, and other forms of popular culture. Many of the members of this large academic organization are teachers as well as scholars.

This article was posted on: April 6, 2007

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