Boucher’s Con

As you probably know, every year the Crime World [Fictional Division] gathers to discuss pretty much everything to do with crime & mystery books: from character development to social media, e-books to Hollywood. The conference is named after the editor/reviewer/writer Anthony Boucher2454

and this was Bouchercon’s 46th year. We met in Raleigh, and the fun began.

Eager audience in the Sherlock Holmes panel.

Eager audience in the Sherlock Holmes panel.

Mutual selfies with Lisa Unger in the "Jumping the Shark" panel.

Mutual selfies with Lisa Unger in the “Jumping the Shark” panel.

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The Sisters in Crime breakfast with Margaret Maron (Lifetime Achievement award) and S. J. Rozan (back from Mongolia.)

The Sisters in Crime breakfast with Margaret Maron (Lifetime Achievement award) and S. J. Rozan (back from Mongolia.)

Of course, the funnest part is if you get to win something.

Laurie & Les, Anthony Award for Best Anthology

Laurie & Les, Anthony Award for Best Anthology

Like an Anthony.

Editing a collection: resting on the laurels of other peoples' work.

Editing a collection: resting on the laurels of other peoples’ work.

Next year it’s going to be in New Orleans. That’s right, NEW ORLEANS. And just look at this guest list:

American Guest of Honor: Harlan Coben

International Rising Star Guest of Honor: Craig Robertson

Bouchercon Kids Guest of Honor: R. L. Stone

Local Legend: Julie Smith

Lifetime Achievement: David Morrell

Fan Guests of Honor: Jon & Ruth Jordan

Toastmasters: Harley Jane Kozak & Alex Sokoloff

Sign up now, and get yourself a hotel room, because it’s going to be a blast.

See you there!

Comments

  1. I love the looks of the Anthony Award…not only for what it represents but because it’s a handsome piece in its own right (I order a lot of trophies for programs and events). But why a bowl? Is there a particular reason for that shape?

    • The bowl is hand turned by a local artist from red burl oak. Also local. Each bowl given to the Anthony winners and our guests of honor was different. The artist carved the bowl based on the personality of the oak.

  2. TheMadLibrarian says:

    Is that R. L. Stone or R. L. Stine?

    Kristin, bowls are convenient for woodworkers to turn out (I saw what you did there) and elegant to boot, if you get a nice piece of wood with an attractive grain. Retirees frequently get a koa or other high-end wood bowl around here, instead of the traditional gold watch.

  3. Bouchercon 2015 was so much fun! Of course, one of the best parts was seeing you, Laurie and learning origami. Congratulations on your win!

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