Last March, I was in San Diego at Left Coast Crime when the convention was shut down on the first night. Many of us stayed up way past our bedtimes, hanging out in the bar/restaurant, drifting from table to table. I didn’t want to go home. I don’t think anyone else did.

Since then there have been virtual conference. But they just aren’t the same. I miss my friends. I miss talking about crime fiction writing with people who understand the art, craft, and business.

Bouchercon is on! It’s the biggest fan convention in America, maybe anywhere. Guests of honor include Michael Connelly, Steph Cha, Craig Johnson, Charles and Caroline Todd, Alafair Burke, Ali Karim and Jonathan Marberry.

There will be panels from Wednesday through Sunday with all of yours (and my) favorite authors sharing anecdotes. Wednesday evening, my buddy Ellen Byron will be having a release party, get this, in a bar! It’s going to be a blast.

For Bouchercon tips, check out Ellen’s post here: 2021 – Twelve New Orleans Do’s and Don’ts – UPDATED with Shopping Tips! (

Check in! Are you going to B’con?


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