As members of the mystery community can tell you, fall brings more than colorful leaves. You also get colorful characters converging on Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention. Though there are plenty of other mystery conventions--Femme Mary told about her experiences with a great one not long ago--Bouchercon is the biggest. This year's installment is at the Rennaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis, and it's particularly exciting because:
- Charlaine is one of the American Guests of Honor.
- Hank has been nominated for an Anthony for Best Paperback Original for Drive Time.
- Dana is a double nominee. Her story "Swing Shift" has been nominated for an Anthony and for a Macavity for Best Short Story. (To add to the Femme-ness, the story was published in Crimes by Moonlight, edited by Charlaine.) You can read it online for just a few more days at Dana's web site.
- Elaine is returning to her home town!
- Donna and Toni are always exciting.
Here's a list of the events where you can come see us.
WEDNESDAY - 9/14/11
THURSDAY - 9/15/11
2:30 PM - Donna is discussing new ways to get rid of the body on "To Love is to Bury" with Sandra Balzo, Jess Lourey, P.J. Parrish, and Sarah Shaber. Catriona McPherson is moderating and/or helping bury.
4:00 PM - Charlaine is being interviewed by the fabulous bookseller McKenna Jordan to find out her "Grave Secrets."
4:00 PM - Hank is on the panel "Sisters" with Jan Burke, Deborah Crombie, and Erin Hart. Though these gals are doing it for themselves, according to the panel description bookseller Robin Agnew is moderating.
FRIDAY - 9/16/11
7:30 AM - Hank is at the Sisters in Crime Breakfast as part of her new duties as (drum roll please) the new Vice President of the Sisters in Crime National Board of Directors.
10:00 AM - Elaine is on "Still She Cries," which she describes as "a dream panel, with my favorite, funniest mystery writers: Linwood Barclay, Alafair Burke, Bill Crider, and Lisa Lutz." They'll be talking about email they've loved and hated, and Colin Cotterill has bravely volunteered to moderate.
12:30 PM - Hank is signing at the Crimespree table in the Dealers' Room.
SATURDAY - 9/17/11
10:00 AM - Hank tries her to best to moderate "Trouble," in the form of five well-behaved writers. But in case she can't find any, she'll settle for Jeff Abbott, Harlan Coben, Joseph Finder, Steve Hamilton, and Ridley Pearson.
CORRECTION: Elaine's "Working Women" panel is at 1:30, not 1:00.
SUNDAY - 9/18/11
11:00 AM - Come to the Anthony Awards Brunch to cheer on Hank and Dana, and end Bouchercon in style.