Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gettin' Ready

THREE DAYS! THREE DAYS to San Francisco and 2010's Bouchercon. I've been a bit crazy getting ready: preparing for my panel, finishing up the memoir scrapbooks for the authors who will be at the convention, making arrangements for my critters while I'm know, all that fun stuff. Today is going to be a day of laundry, packing and dog washes.

While I'm doing all that craziness, however, you can be checking out the fantastic signing line-up at the Bouchercon 2011/Crimespree table. Authors will be available at the following times to sign for you. There will not be books available at the table, but we will be in the book room and there are gads of booksellers there all too happy to accommodate you. Or you can bring your own books from home. Heck, some of the authors might even be willing to sign YOU if you ask nice. I hear those literary tattoos are all the rage these days. But, I digress, here's the entire schedule as it stands:


Kelli Stanley - 11:00 a.m.
Tasha Alexander - 11:00
Libby Fischer Hellmann - 2:30
Martyn Waites - 3:00
Todd Ritter - 3:00
Brett Battles - 3:30
Stephen Jay Schwartz - 3:30
Meg Gardiner - 4:00


Val McDermid - 10:30
Meredith Cole - 11:00
Rebecca Cantrell - 11:00
Joe Finder - 11:30
Jonathan King - 12:00*
Duane Swierczynski - 12:30
David Corbett - 1:00
Shane Gericke - 1:00
Toby Ball - 1:30
Hilary Davidson - 2:00
Douglas Corleone - 2:00
Lou Berney - 2:30
Cara Black - 2:30
Steve Hockensmith - 3:00
Sophie Littlefield - 3:00
Juliet Blackwell - 3:00
Christa Faust - 3:30
Carla Buckley - 3:30


Alafair Burke - 10:00
Bill Crider - 10:30
Marcus Sakey - 11:00
R.J. Ellory - 11:00
Brad Parks - 11:00
Hank Phillippi Ryan - 11:30
Andrew Grant - 11:30
Bryan Gruley - 12:00
Ken Bruen - 2:00**
Reed Farrel Coleman - 2:00**
Michelle Gagnon - 2:00
Megan Abbott - 3:00
Sara Gran - 3:00

*Jonathon King will have free USB drives with video and a sample chapter from his new book Midnight Guardians, the fifth book in his Edgar-winning Max Freeman series.

** Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman will be signing together at the table. We have been informed that this is the only formal signing they will do together. Come get your copies of TOWER signed by both authors at the same time!

You can also sign up for Bouchercon 2011 while you're at the table! The registration price will be $150 until January 1st. Plus, if you register by January 1st you get the discount rate in addition to a chance at some free books. There have been some extremely luscious donations of books - lots of books - to be raffled off to early registrants. As you can see, this is THE place to be. And if you aren't coming to Bouchercon this year, you can stop by the website to register for next year's blowout in St. Louis. Registration online or by mail before January 1st also makes you eligible for the discounted registration and the book raffle.

O.k. so that's the lowdown on Bouchercon for right now. I have not had time to prepare my interview with Hilary Davidson yet. I got new editing software, so I'm having to learn how to use it as I go, but that will be coming up in the not too distant future, as well as some video from Bouchercon.

Not sure if you know about this, but HARDCOVER MYSTERIES will have its first episode on Monday. It's on the Discovery Channel and they have a phenomenal line-up of authors who are going to be highlighted on this series. You can check out information on the website and the show debuts at 9:00p.m. Eastern tomorrow.

If I'm able, I'll get some photos posted from San Francisco, but blog posts will be light overall until I return. When I return, count on lots of recap! In the meantime, here are a few still shots I took from Hilary's event in Pennsylvania. Have a great week everyone!


Dorte H October 10, 2010 at 3:38 AM  

I´d love to be there - and have books signed by Val McDermid and Megan Abbott.

I hope I´ll be able to go to CrimeFest in Bristol, UK next year though.

Douglas Corleone October 10, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

I will be signing body parts exclusively.

bermudaonion October 10, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

I hope you have a blast!!

Jen Forbus October 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

Thanks Kathy! I'm planning to bring lots back to and fun giveaways!

Doug's going to keep the tattoo parlors in S.F. hoppin' next week!

Robin McCormack October 10, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Cool! Think I'll have them sign my nook cover. Off to figure out which books to bring to be autographed. I volunteered to work in the book room sat afternoon - looking forward to it.

le0pard13 October 10, 2010 at 7:02 PM  

Sounds like an exceptional time is coming up, Jen. I hope your travels and this event all go well. Thanks.

Hilary Davidson October 10, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

Jen, finally meeting you in person at Mystery Lovers was the highlight of my trip to Pittsburgh. Can't wait for Bouchercon!

kathy d. October 11, 2010 at 1:26 AM  

I am so glad you are going to Bouchercon and hope you have a great time.

Also, I know you will write terrific reports on what happened, as you always do that so well.

So, as someone who can't go, these reports are the next best thing to being there.

Also, there are so many great guests and panels, that it would be impossible for me to choose. This way I don't have to choose, can just blog and read and experience it through "Virtual Bouchercon."

Beth F October 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

With some of the overlap of authors, I'm not sure how you're going to choose which to see. What a wonderful dilemma!

I know you are enjoying yourself.


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