The Mysterious Bookshop

New York, July 13—Otto Penzler, the president and CEO of Penzler Publishers, announced today that the Mysterious Press will launch an annual series of anthologies titled The Mysterious Bookshop Presents: The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, beginning in October 2021. The editor of the first volume will be Lee Child, the internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series.

Penzler had been the series editor of The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the past twenty-four years.

“The Mysterious Press series will continue to seek the best mystery, crime, and suspense fiction published in America but will expand its scope to include English language stories published anywhere in the world,” said Penzler.

Michele Slung, the first reader for BAMS for its entire history, will continue in that role for Best Mystery Stories of the Year. “Each annual volume would take five years with any other reader,” said Penzler. “She is the fastest and smartest reader I’ve ever known and looks at literally thousands of stories a year, passing along only the best for me and the editor to read.”

Submissions of any story published in the 2020 calendar year should be sent in printed form to Otto Penzler, 58 Warren Street, New York, N.Y. 10007.

The Best Mystery Stories of the Year will be distributed by W.W. Norton, which also distributes Penzler Publishers’ other imprints, Scarlet and American Mystery Classics.


Written by Charles Perry — July 17, 2020

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