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Prof. Lili Wright's Dancing with the Tiger is Finalist for Edgar Allan Poe Award

January 21, 2017

Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright, professor of English at DePauw University, has been selected by the Mystery Writers of America as a nominee for a 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award.  Wright's book is one of six finalists in the category "Best First Novel by an American Author."

The Edgar® Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016, will be presented to the winners at a gala banquet, April 27, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

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"In her energetic debut novel, the sprawling literary thriller Dancing with the Tiger, Lili Wright straddles borders and genres," wrote Tayari Jones in a New York Times book review.  Jones opined that Wright's book has "everything you could want in a summer caper."

Other glowing reviews of Dancing with the Tiger include those by Outside and the Washington Post. The book was also on a National Geographic list of "12 Travel Books to Read Before Summer Is Over."

Last year also brought the announcement that the Mark Gordon Company has acquired the feature film rights to Professor Wright's book.

A former journalist, Elizabeth D. "Lili" Wright, joined the DePauw faculty in 1999. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun. She previously authored the autobiographical Learning to Float: The Journey of a Woman, a Dog, and Just Enough Men (2002).