Appleby Fair for crimewriters and it’s wonderful. I have already registered for next year.
This year I was on two panels. I talked about methods of murder with Meredith Anthony, Matthew Clemens, Chris Ewan, Sarah Weinman and Hilary Davidson. I talked about creating the perfect villain with Michael Dymmoch, Joe Lansdale, John McFetridge, Steve Hamilton and Barbara Fister. (I don't have any photos of the second panel, sorry.)
I talked and talked and talked and talked and talked. By Sunday, my voice had almost gone. But it was so much fun.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the panels. There are dozens of them each day, and each one was packed out, which is a testament to the skill of the programmers and the warmth of the audience, many of whom came up afterwards to chat to panellists and tell them how much they'd enjoyed listening to (and, if they asked questions, participating in) the debate. It takes a lot of work to put the panels together, so thank you to Judy Bobalik and Jon Jordan for programming the event.
Bouchercon is staffed entired by volunteers, so that everyone - including the organizing committee, the programming committee, the registration desk, the timekeepers, and so on - is doing it for a love of books. A big thank you to everyone who made it such a brilliant event.
Interested to know more? There are write-ups from Greg Herren (I love that man!), Lee Goldberg (love him too) and Max Allan Collins (and I love him.)
Want more photos and gossip? Well, I partied with Thomas & Mercer, Crimespree, the Mystery Writers of America and everyone in the bar. You'll have to buy me a drink if you need the confidential details. Here's what I can tell you:
My old friends Johnny Shaw and Dana Cameron won Anthony Awards. My new friend Alison Gaylin won a Shamus Award. Laura Lippman was wearing the most amazing blue boots.
When I went to Bouchercon for the first time last year, I was clutching metaphorical letters of introduction to all the fun people from Lauren Henderson, like a Victorian gentlewoman (but with more swearing and drinking).
She made so sure the event went well for me, I mentioned it in the acknowlegments in my book (see right).
This year Lauren was there in person, and we had double the fun.
There are too many names to mention, but if I saw you there and I told you I loved you, I meant it.
See you in Long Beach or London.
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