|Charline Harris and Laurell K. Hamilton kick off Bouchercon XLII with event for the St. Louis Public Library |
While many genres have them, usually when you hear the word
"con" (for convention) many people think of the big science fiction
and fantasy cons where it is quite common to see fans dressed as favorite
characters (from Star Trek to Anime to Super Heroes and everything in between).
These are great places to meet some authors and other fans of that genre. But, did you know that there is an annual mystery and detective lovers con? Traveling from city to city every year, it is four day Con with panels of mystery and detective crime fiction writers who range
from the new author to the legendary. It is Bouchercon!
Bouchercon (Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery
Convention) is named after writer, editor, and reviewer, Anthony Boucher (who
wrote under his name and H.H. Holmes). It started in 1970 and is attended by
writers, publishers, agents and devoted fans of mysteries. In 2011, it came to
St. Louis, Missouri. The guests of honor
were Robert Crais, Charlaine Harris, Colin Cotterill and Val McDermid with
special living legend guests of John Lutz and Robert Randisi and toastmaster was Ridley Pearson. At Bouchercon, the fans and fellow writers can
interact with speakers, discover new authors they might like, and immerse
themselves in the dark world of crime fictionas they
discuss the trends in the genre and our social issues.
While there were a lot of books for sale, so to were there a lot of free
books given to each attendee and there was a lot of book trading. If you needed
to pick up new mystery books or to start a mystery library, Bouchercon will take care of you (as an attendee, I
picked up enough books to cover my dining room table). Below are pictures of
the various panel discussions and the party from Bouchercon XLII.
The next Bouchercon will be October 4 - 7 in Cleveland,
Ohio. For more information, please visit: http://www.bouchercon.info/index.html
While it will occur in October, it is best to plan ahead if
you wish to go.
|Grave Secrets with Charlaine Harris|
|Burning House of Love (sex and crime fiction panel)|
|Clear Cut Case of Murder-or is it-panel|
|I Will Rise Up panel|
|Night Chills panel|| |
|No Way to Treat a Body Panel|
|Sparks Fly Out panel|
|The Dead Land panel|
|Time to dance! (or just relax to a band of mystery writers)|
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