What Mystery Conventions Are You Going To in 2018?

I’m definitely going to Left Coast Crime and Malice Domestic. Crimebake is a strong possibility. And Bouchercon is “fingers-crossed”.

With the entire year yawning out before me, I decided to cruise through the net and see what mystery conventions are scheduled. I had no idea there were so many! Enjoy some pictures from Malice Domestic 29 as you cruise through the list.

Agatha Tea. Photo courtesy Greg Puhl.

Sleuthfest 2018. March 1-4. Boca Raton, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/. Guest authors include Hallie Ephron, Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish), Hank Phillippi Ryan and James R. Benn.

Murder and Mayhem. March 17, 2018. Chicago, Illinois. http://murdermayhemchicago.com/. The keynotes will be Gillian Flynn and Jeffery Deaver and I recognize a few panelists’ names from previous guests on Mysteristas.

Left Coast Crime 2018. March 22-25, 2018. Reno, Nevada. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2018/. Guests of Honor are Naomi Hirahara and William Kent Krueger.

Nancy Drew Sleuths. April 25-28, 2018. Key West, Florida. http://www.ndsleuths.com/ndsconventions.html.

Anthology_10 signing
Malice Most Historical Signing. Courtesy Greg Puhl.

Edgar Awards. April 26, 2018. New York City. http://www.theedgars.com/. Grand Masters: Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey. Raven Recipients are Raven Bookstore and Kristopher Zgorski.

Malice Domestic 30. April 27-29, 2018. Bethesda, Maryland. http://malicedomestic.org/. Guest of Honor is Louise Penny. Toastmaster is Catriona McPherson. Lifetime Achieve is Nancy Pickard. Amelia Award is David Suchet. Poirot Award is Brenda Blethyn. Special Amelia Award is Joan Hess. Fan Guest of Honor is Janet Blizard.

ThrillerFest XIII. July 10-14, 2018, New York City. http://thrillerfest.com/. Guests include George R.R. Martin, Lee Child, James Rollins and Lisa Gardner.

Pulpfest 2018. July 26-29, 2018. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. http://www.pulpfest.com/.

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. August 4, 2018. Suffolk, Virginia. http://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/.

Killer Nashville. August 23-26, 2018. Nashville, Tennessee. https://killernashville.com/. Guests include Ellery Adams, J.A. Konrath and Otto Penzler.

Mysterista alum Cynthia Kuhn with he 2016 Best First Novel Agatha Award.

Bouchercon 2018. September 6-9, 2018. St. Petersburg, Florida. https://www.bouchercon2018.com/. Guests include Karin Slaughter, Ian Rankin, Lisa Unger, Tim Dorsey, Judy Bobalik, Sara Blaedel, Sean Chercover, Mark Billingham, John D. MacDonald, Ayo Onatade.

Book ‘Em NC. September 22, 2018. Lumberton, North Carolina. http://www.bookemnc.org/.

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity. October 5-7, 2018. Columbia, Maryland. http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/.  Guests include Jamie Freveletti and Ketih R.A. DeCandido.

Magna Cum Murder XXIV. October 19-21, 2018, Indianapolis, Indiana. http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/ebball/magnacummurder. Guests: Reavis Z. Wortham and Peter Lovesey.

New England Crimebake. November 2018 (TBA). http://crimebake.org/.


Mysteristas: are there any conventions I missed? Which ones are you planning to attend?









18 thoughts on “What Mystery Conventions Are You Going To in 2018?”

  1. I’ve got Bouchercon on my calendar for this year. I would love to go to Sleuthfest, it’s a short drive across the state, but have other commitments that weekend. Dang! Hope to meet you at B’Con, Keenan. Are any other Mysteristas going?

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  2. I wish I could go to Bouchercon again, but I can’t justify the plane travel right now. I think there’s a mystery conference in NJ, usually organized by some SinC ladies, if I’m not mistaken. That, I can go to.

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  3. Well, I have never attended a Mystery Convention, but the list looks fantastic. I might have to plan some vacation time. I had a fantastic time last year when I visited Nashville to see the eclipse, and wanted to visit again. Killer Nashville might be just “the ticket.” Left Coast Crime in Reno is close (so to speak) but it falls in the “spring break” window and I am taking “kid-o” to visit my dad in Ohio.

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  4. So many fun opportunities! Don’t forget Writers Police Academy – always a good one (although, not exactly a writer’s conference in a traditional sense). I love Crime Bake. For me it’s close, so that’s my annual treat. This year I’ll likely skip all of them because I haven’t given my writing the attention it deserves, but I’d love to hit most of these at some point. We really need to pick one for a Mysteristas gathering!


  5. So I was just reading along, like, ooh, that sounds like a conference I’d like to—agggghhhhh! A picture! *spit take*
    And then I hid under my desk for awhile. 🙂

    But I’m back now. You’re sweet. And thank you for rounding up those conferences, which sound incredible! I want to go to all of them.

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  6. Last, but best on this list, is the New England Crime Bake, which feels more like a community than a conference and where writing careers are launched and forever friends found. The 2018 Guest of Honor is Walter Mosley. Don’t miss it!

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