Anthony Bidulka won the $1,000 prize for best crime first novel for his book Going to Beautiful.

“I really wanted to write a book that starts in this place of loss and struggle but is a journey to finding joy,” Bidulka said in an interview with The Afternoon Edition Saskatoon‘s Garth Materie, “I really wanted to write a love letter to life on the Prairies.”

Going to Beautiful was published by the Alberta-based publishers Stonehouse Publishing and was one of two books from Saskatchewan authors to win this year. A Snake in the Raspberry Patch by Joanne Jackson also won the Howard Engel Award for best crime novel set in Canada.

Bidulka is a crime and mystery writer from Saskatoon. He is also the author of the Adam Saint books, the Russell Quant Mysteries and Flight of Aquavit which was the first Canadian book to win the Lambda Literary Award in the men’s mystery category. Going to Beautiful also won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Canada West Best Fiction.

Anthony Bidulka spoke with host Garth Materie about his latest novel ‘Going to Beautiful,’ which won the 2023 Crime Writers of Canada award for Best Crime Novel.

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