I had a blast going to conventions this year. Made it to Left Coast Crime, which was held in Reno, Malice Domestic in Bethesda and Crimebake in Boston, and they were all fabulous in their own ways. Left Coast, although a fairly big conference, has an intimate feeling. It’s like going to a family reunion and seeing all of your favorite cousins. At this year’s Malice, Louise Penney, Ann Cleeves and Brenda Blethyn (Vera) were guests of honor, and spirits were especially high with this fabulous trio of glamorous and talented ladies.
This year was my first Crimebake. Crimebake’s a little different than the other two because there is a focus on meeting and pitching to agents. It’s a smaller conference but no less inspirational. This year Walter Mosley was the guest of honor. I was so moved by his reading that I ran into the hall, bought his new book, JOHN WOMAN, and read half of it on the plane ride home.
With the entire year yawning out before me, I decided to cruise through the net and see what mystery conventions are scheduled.
Sleuthfest 2019. March 14-17. Boca Raton, Florida. http://sleuthfest.com/. Guest of honor is T. Jefferson Parker.
Murder and Mayhem. March 23. Chicago, Illinois. http://murdermayhemchicago.com/. The keynotes will be Sophie Hannah and Scott Turow.
Left Coast Crime 2019. March 28-31. Vancouver, British Columbia. http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2019/. Guests of Honor are C. J. Box and Maureen Jennings.
Edgar Awards. March or April. New York City. Nominees are listed at: https://mysterywriters.org/edgars/currentsubmissions/
Malice Domestic 31. May 3-5. Bethesda, Maryland. http://malicedomestic.org/. Guest of Honor is Donna Andrews.
ThrillerFest XIV. July 9-13. New York City. http://thrillerfest.com/. Guests include John Sanford, Harlan Coben and Margaret Marbury.
Pulpfest. August 15-18. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. http://www.pulpfest.com/.
Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival. August 10. Suffolk, Virginia. http://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/.
Killer Nashville. August 22-25. Nashville, Tennessee. https://killernashville.com/.
Creatures, Crimes & Creativity. September 13-15. Columbia, Maryland. http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/. Guests include David Mack and Julie Hyzy.
Bouchercon 2019. October 21-November 3. Dallas. Texas. https://www.bouchercon2019.com/. Guests include Peter Lovesey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, James Patterson, Deborah Crombie and Anthony Horowitz.
New England Crimebake. November. http://crimebake.org/.
Mysteristas: are there any conventions I missed? Which ones are you planning to attend?