At right: Diane Vallere handing over the seal to new SinC president Kendel Lynn. You have to pace yourself. The other panelists included International Guest of Honor , who made my day by expressing—far better than I ever could— a reservation similar to that I have regarding the use of sexual violence especially related to children in entertainment fiction. Normally, we post photos soon after a convention, but this year the whole experience of Bouchercon was so powerful that I felt unable to post about it until now. I will also be signing books after the panel.
The event was chaired by Al Navis, owner of the Toronto-based mystery book-store, Handy Book Exchange. But what impressed me most forcefully at this event was the role love has played in sustaining our magazine. My highlights from Bouchercon 2017: I got to spend time with my editor, Keith, and rest of the folks at and who were in Toronto. With Susan Elia MacNeal and our agent, Victoria Skurnick Levine Greenberg Rostan. The traffic into Toronto at lunch time yesterday moved fairly well, other than getting off the freeway at Spadina. Remember my mantra: the panels are cool, but the bar is better. Photo courtesy of Jackie Sherbow.
Meeting up with the Sisters in Crime Guppies, the online chapter that began for aspiring authors to support each other. When the next list gets made, this Bouchercon is going to have a big star next to it. Introduce yourself to anyone you recognize, even if you only know them from Facebook. That kind of longevity is only possible through the work of many talented contributors and a loyal and discerning readership. Sandwiched between two of my favorite ladies! So, for any of you mystery fans who might be attending, feel free to stop by and listen to us discuss the way being millennials impacts our work.
It's easy to get into conference mode when I travel on a plane for hours and stay at a hotel in a strange city, but I won't even have to leave my house for this one. I got to have dinner with Gracie Doyle, the editorial director of , who just happens to be a former colleague of my husband, Darren. Diane and I will be driving to Toronto by the time you read this. I got to hang out with the gang from , the beautiful motley crew of authors put together by my good friend. Dinner with The Thrill Begins gang! The drive to Toronto takes about two hours. Please don't be shy to say hello if you see me! It was an invaluable experience and one that I will treasure always.
I am not looking forward to experiencing the misery of daytime Toronto traffic and baking in the sun in my car, but there are also advantages to being at home. And huge though Bouchercon is, we readers love it because while we get to see our best selling faves, it is also a chance to meet so many new to us authors — more than any other con! But you can also find us in particular places at particular times and here they are: Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 to 6:00, Sherry, Edith and Barb will be attending the , sponsored by Sisters in Crime National. The unique thing for me about compared to the other events I've attended, is that it will be in my city! Sometimes it takes a few days to process what your overall takeaway is from an experience like Bouchercon, which is huge and loud and fun and so, so busy. Hope your invasion was peaceful! Two years ago, I was terrified to speak in public, and there I was, moderating a panel of esteemed reviewers in front of a packed room! Except for the traffic, of course. In fact some authors I truly admire will be at the convention this week, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to stalk-- er, meet them and listen to them speak on panels.
Missing from this pic: Gwen Florio and Tom Sweterlisch, who arrived later. Ripley Marie Celine , Marty Wingate and Elizabeth J. It is named in honour of writer, reviewer, and editor ; also the inspiration for the , which have been issued at the convention since 1986. I met many first-timers at the convention and made new friends! Nobody will be a dick to you, I promise. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 Best Critical Nonfiction Work: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life — Ruth Franklin At the airport, I ran into mystery historian Marv Lachman. Not just because Keith took me to a on the first day which he did! Last weekend, 1,700 people attended at the Sheraton Hotel. Archived from on January 12, 2013.
L to R: James Lincoln Warren moderator , Alan Orloff, Janet Hutchings, Travis Richardson, Angel Luis Colón, Barb Goffman. With his ingenious idea of devoting the hour almost entirely to audience questions, Jim managed to pack the house, with standing room only. Bring your cards, have them ready should anyone ask and they will. I hope that all the other readers and writers attending will get a chance to enjoy my beautiful city. Fortunately, the strength of the panel drew people in, and we pretty much had a full house. The Bouchercon tribe is an extremely welcoming group, but it really is terrifying the first time you go. Bouchercon Friday found me on a panel moderated by about the art of short-story writing.
Go to a few panels. This annual event is dubbed as the world mystery convention and draws some of the biggest names in the business. You can find us here: eqmm Twitter and elleryqueenmm Instagram. I roomed with pal Diane, and I was excited to learn more about her new mystery series coming in December. Readers: Will you be at Bouchercon 2017? Say hello to the people you know, even if you only know them vaguely. This entry was posted in on by. I usually wake up every day and go to work in my pajamas, so it will be an adjustment to have to put on real clothes and drive to downtown Toronto in brutal rush hour traffic, like all the other poor commuters.