Lou Berney and Sarah Weinman were among the winners of the Macavity Awards, presented on Thursday by Mystery Readers International at the annual Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon) in Dallas.

Berney took home the Best Novel prize for November Road, his book about a gangster on the run who takes up with a woman fleeing her alcoholic husband. A reviewer for Kirkus praised the novel, saying it “perfectly captures these few weeks at the end of 1963—all that was lost and all that lay tantalizingly and inevitably just beyond the horizon.”

Weinman won the Best Nonfiction award for The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World, a book that argues that Vladimir Nabokov was inspired to write his famous novel by the real-life kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl. Kirkus called Weinman’s book “tantalizing” and “entertaining.”

John Copenhaver won the Best First Novel prize for Dodging and Burning, about three young people in search of a missing woman in their Virginia town. Copehanver’s novel beat out four other books, including Delia Owens’ mega-bestselling Where the Crawdads Sing, for the award.

The Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery went to Sujata Massey for The Widows of Malabar Hill, the first book in a planned series about a lawyer-turned-detective in 1920s India.

Art Taylor took home the prize for Best Short Story for “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Taylor’s short story also won an Edgar Award earlier this year.

Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.