Category Archives: GOH

McIlvanney Prize longlist announced

Bloody Scotland announced the 2017 longlist of the McIlvanney Prize as:

Lin Anderson – None But the Dead -coming to #Bcon2017
Christopher Brookmyre – Want You Gone -coming to #Bcon2017 (GOH!)
Ann Cleeves – Cold Earth -coming to #Bcon2017
Helen Fields – Perfect Remains
Val McDermid – Out of Bounds
Claire MacLeary – Cross Purpose
Denise Mina – The Long Drop
Owen Mullen – Games People Play
Ian Rankin – Rather Be the Devil
Craig Roberson – Murderabilia -coming to #Bcon2017
Craig Russell – The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid
Jay Stringer – How to Kill Friends & Implicate People -coming to #Bcon2017

The Passport – June 2017

The most recent issue, The Passport – June 2017 [PDF], is here and has been emailed out in PDF form.

Want to be on a panel???

The registration deadline to be considered for a panel is July 1.  (9 days away!!)

Have you filled out our panelists’ questionnaire? If not, go back to our Registration page and update your information to include your biography, any panel ideas you may have, and other important information that will help us make the panel assignments.

Schedule Updated!

We are so proud that our Guests of Honour have been nominated for various prestigious literary awards! Check out our blog posts/twitter/Facebook for details!

And check out our updated schedule to see when they are being interviewed, and by whom!

Have you registered??

We have over 1400 people attending! If you haven’t signed up yet, what better time than now! Events, panels, books, authors, schmoozing, banquets, luncheons, Sunday Brunch and Anthony Awards! What’s not to love?

We are only four months away from the grand, fun event that is Bouchercon! As we get closer and closer we’ll be publishing updates more frequently on what we’re doing and expect to be doing as we strive to make the Toronto destination of the best World Mystery Convention a exciting time to remember!

Want to be alerted ASAP as to what’s new?

Our updates will take many forms: through our Twitter feed (@Bouchercon, @Bouchercon2017), our main Facebook page (, our Facebook Event page for this year’s event, and these brief newsletters distributed by email to registrants and those who specifically expressed interest in receiving email updates.

If you want to be on the email list, submit your address on the right-side of this web page!

We have also preserved here on our blog the eight earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.

GOH Christopher Brookmyre shortlisted for Old Peculier…

Our own International Guest of Honour Christopher Brookmyre has been shortlisted for the Theakson’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year (aka Harrogate Crime Festival)…

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 20 July on the opening night of the 15th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

Here is what the website says about Chris:

Chris Brookmyre beat stiff competition to win the Scottish crime book of the year award with his novel, Black Widow, a story of cyber-abuse, where ‘even the twists have twists’. It features his long-time character, reporter Jack Parlabane. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that she had been given the novel as an early Valentine’s Day present by her husband, declaring it ‘brilliant’.

Louise Penny wins Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel

At the Malice Domestic Gala on April 29th, we were thrilled to hear that our Canadian Guest of Honour, Louise Penny, was announced as the winner of the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, for A Great Reconning, her latest Inspector Gamache novel.

She was also named as the Guest of Honour for Malice Domestic 2018!

And here are the other winners, most of whom are registered for Bouchercon 2017!!

  • Best Children’s/YA:  The Secret of the Puzzle Box: The Code Busters Club by Penny Warner
  • Best Short Story:  Parallel Play by Art Taylor
  • Best Nonfiction:  Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot:  How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of their Seats by Jane Cleland
  • Best First Novel: The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn
  • Best Historical Novel:  The Reek of Red Herrings by Catriona McPherson

Order of Canada presented to CWC member Louise Penny

The Order of Canada is, to say the least, a prestigious award. It is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. It was established in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

Louise Penny with Order of Canada

Left to right: Rob, Audi, Louise, Shelagh and Lise

On November 21, 2013 the Order of Canada was awarded to a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Louise Penny, who attended her formal Investiture on February 17, 2017. The original citation reads as follows:

“For her contributions to Canadian culture as an author shining a spotlight on the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Louise Penny has captured the imaginations of readers in Canada and around the world. Following an 18-year career as a journalist and host with the CBC, she turned to her passion of writing. Her bestselling mysteries, set in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, have garnered international acclaim and have given readers a sense of this region’s unique culture. A generous mentor, she fosters the development of her fellow writers and established the Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Novel, an award for aspiring authors.”

We asked Louise to share her impressions of this momentous occasion with us, and are delighted she has done so. Louise writes:

I was amazed. It was amazing.

It had actually been given to me a few years ago, but I didn’t feel I could go to the investiture while Michael was alive. I could not leave him behind.

He, along with my friend Shelagh Rogers, worked secretly on the application, and fortunately, when the Governor General’s office called with the news, Michael was still able to understand, and to celebrate. But, by the time I was invited to the investiture, he’d drifted too far away.

So I waited until he’d gone. And then he could go. And he did. In a fun little enameled box. He was with me the whole time.

Shelagh came from Gabriola Island in BC, to be my “date”. My brother Rob and his wife Audi came from Edmonton. My Assistant Lise and her husband Del were there too.

Now, since Shelagh was my main guest, we were told to show up at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, early. But – once there – we were told that I’d have to go in without her.


She was my security blanket. A great friend, who herself is an Officer of the Order of Canada (one up from my status) and she knows everyone. I was planning to lean on, if not cling to, her.

Then I find myself alone. Well, with the other 40 people getting the Order of Canada…but without the walking Atavan that is a friend.

We were shepherded into this splendid room at Rideau Hall, and an aide-de-camp walked us through what would happen.

We’d process in, behind the Governor General and his wife. Our seats were well marked. When our turn came, our name would be announced. We were told to get up and walk down the long aisle to where His Excellency was sitting at the front.

We were told to stop. Nod to him. Then step to his right, turn. Face the audience. The citation would be read out and at the end, they would repeat my name, so I’d know that part was over. Then I needed to step back in front of the GG, he’d get up, pin the Order of Canada on me, then we’d both turn, face the camera, then I’d walk back across the stage to sign the book.

Everyone clear? The aide-de-camp asked.

We nodded.

The truth was, he’d lost me at, ‘Everyone listening?…’

It was incredibly moving, listening to the citations. The motto for the Order of Canada is, ‘They Desire a Better Country’, and that is certainly true of everyone there. Their accomplishments, their passion, their selflessness was breath-taking and inspiring.

Then it was my turn. My hands were freezing, my knees shaking, my mind a blank.

I got up and started down the long, long, longer still aisle. And at the end the GG sat. Smiling. Encouraging. I focussed completely on him. And tried to remember, please God remember, what to do.

So far, none of the other celebrants had peed or passed out, and I did not want to be the first.

I made it through. To be honest, I tried not to think of Michael, because I didn’t want to be standing there in front of hundreds of people, crying. Though I did cry that morning when Shelagh came by my hotel room with a book she and her husband had made. Of the emails that passed between Michael and her. She called him 007, and he called her Mata Hari.

Afterward, I hugged my purse, with him in it, to me. And took him, of course, to the gala that night. Cocktail dress in place of the long gown.

What a time.


This article first appeared in the March edition of Crime Time, the newsletter for members of Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) and is reproduced here with the permission of both the author and CWC.


Louise Penny: Winner of LCC Best Mystery Novel

We are thrilled to hear that our very own Louise Penny is the winner of the Left Coast Crime’s Lefty for Best Mystery Novel, for her book A Great Reckoning.

Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. LCC is held during the first quarter of the year in Western North America.

cover of A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny