Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Weekend Update: Bouchercon!

Bouchercon is inching closer and closer; excitement is building. I hope many of you are planning to attend. This will be the party of the year. Definitely not to be missed. I have a few items to share with you, but to stay completely up to date, be sure to check out the website and the Bouchercon blog.

First up is the pub quiz. I'll be working with Ruth Jordan to coordinate this session and I'm very excited about it. I think it will be a bunch of fun. We're recruiting teams, so consider this your personal invitation! The pub quiz is open to EVERYONE! So authors, fans, publicists, publishers, EVERYONE is welcome. All you need to do is coordinate three or four of your pals and show up at 8:30 Sunday morning. When you get your team together, email me so we can have an idea of how many folks will be attending. Authors, this is a great opportunity for you to mingle with fans. And fans, this is another opportunity for you to spend time with the authors and your fellow crime fiction friends. So let's all get together and have fun on the final day of Bouchercon!

As in years past the Crimespree Table will be hosting author signings throughout the convention. This is a time when the authors are available to sign and chat....and you KNOW where they are. :-) So if you'd like to meet the authors, get your books signed, etc., mark these times down in your planner and stop by. I know they'd love to see you!

Also, remember, their books aren't available for sale at the Crimespree table. So you either need to bring your book to St. Louis or purchase from one of the dealers there. I'll be updating the schedule periodically as more folks confirm, but here's the schedule as of today:


1-2:00 - William Kent Krueger
2-2:30 - Kelli Stanley
2:30-3 - Timothy Hallinan
3-3:30 - Michael Wiley
3:30-4 - Hilary Davidson


11-11:30 - Timothy Hallinan
11:30-12 - Jonathan Hayes, Alafair Burke, Joe Finder
12-12:30 - Hank Phillippi Ryan
2-2:30: R.J. Ellory
2:30-3: Martyn Waites, Megan Abbott
3:30-4 - Christa Faust


10-11 - Tom Schreck
11-12 - Bill Cameron
12-12:30 - Bill Crider
1-1:30 - Cara Black
1:30-2 - Michelle Gagnon

So, I hope if you're coming to Bouchercon, you take an opportunity to stop by the table and say hi to some of these wonderful folks!

Before I sign off, I want to wish the Shamus Award nominees a hearty congratulations. I see some very well-deserving names on the list. The Shamus Awards will be given out at a reception held during Bouchercon.


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