The Passport – May 2017

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

We have announced the Anthony Award nominees! (See also our web page, and blog post).

Want to be on a panel???

The registration deadline to be considered for a panel is July 1. 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.

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 five 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 (https://www.facebook.com/bouchercon/), 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 seven earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.

Anthony Nominations Announced!

The 2017 Bouchercon organizers announce the Anthony Award Nominations. The Anthony Awards are given at each annual Bouchercon World Mystery Convention with the winners selected by attendees.  [download the full Press Release]

The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America.

The winner in each category will be announced immediately following the Sunday Brunch on October 15. While the Sunday Brunch is a ticketed event (buy your tickets through the Registration process), all Bouchercon attendees may attend the short awards ceremony that immediately follows.

 

ANTHONY AWARD NOMINATIONS for 2017

Best Novel

  • You Will Know Me – Megan Abbott [Little, Brown]
  • Where It Hurts – Reed Farrel Coleman [G.P. Putnam’s Sons]
  • Red Right Hand – Chris Holm [Mulholland]
  • Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman [William Morrow]
  • A Great Reckoning – Louise Penny [Minotaur]

 

Best First Novel

  • Dodgers – Bill Beverly [Crown]
  • IQ – Joe Ide [Mulholland]
  • Decanting a Murder – Nadine Nettmann [Midnight Ink]
  • Design for Dying – Renee Patrick [Forge]
  • The Drifter – Nicholas Petrie [G.P. Putnam’s Sons]

 

Best Paperback Original

  • Shot in Detroit – Patricia Abbott [Polis]
  • Leadfoot – Eric Beetner [280 Steps]
  • Salem’s Cipher – Jess Lourey [Midnight Ink]
  • Rain Dogs – Adrian McKinty [Seventh Street]
  • How to Kill Friends and Implicate People – Jay Stringer [Thomas & Mercer]
  • Heart of Stone – James W. Ziskin [Seventh Street]

 

Best Short Story

  • “Oxford Girl” – Megan Abbott, Mississippi Noir [Akashic]
  • “Autumn at the Automat” – Lawrence Block, In Sunlight or in Shadow [Pegasus]
  • “Gary’s Got A Boner” – Johnny Shaw, Waiting to Be Forgotten [Gutter]
  • “Parallel Play” – Art Taylor, Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning [Wildside]
  • “Queen of the Dogs” – Holly West, 44 Caliber Funk: Tales of Crime, Soul and Payback [Moonstone]

 

Best Critical Nonfiction Work

  • Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life – Peter Ackroyd [Nan A. Talese]
  • Letters from a Serial Killer – Kristi Belcamino & Stephanie Kahalekulu [CreateSpace]
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life – Ruth Franklin [Liveright]
  • Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker – David J. Skal [Liveright]
  • The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer – Kate Summerscale [Bloomsbury/Penguin]

 

Best Children’s/YA Novel

  • Snowed – Maria Alexander [Raw Dog Screaming]
  • The Girl I Used to Be – April Henry [Henry Holt]
  • Tag, You’re Dead – J.C. Lane [Poisoned Pen]
  • My Sister Rosa – Justine Larbalestier [Soho Teen]
  • The Fixes – Owen Matthews [HarperTeen]

 

Best Anthology

  • Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns – Eric Beetner, ed. [Down & Out]
  • In Sunlight or in Shadow – Lawrence Block, ed. [Pegasus]
  • Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens – Jen Conley [Down & Out]
  • Blood on the Bayou: Bouchercon Anthology 2016 – Greg Herren, ed. [Down & Out]
  • Waiting To Be Forgotten: Stories of Crime and Heartbreak, Inspired by the Replacements – Jay Stringer, ed. [Gutter]

 

Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)

  • Cleaning Up Finn – Sarah M. Chen [All Due Respect Books]
  • No Happy Endings – Angel Luis Colón [Down & Out]
  • Crosswise – S.W. Lauden [Down & Out]
  • Beware the Shill – John Shepphird [Down & Out]
  • The Last Blue Glass – B.K. Stevens, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, April 2016 [Dell]

 

For more information about the Anthony Awards, Bouchercon, or for contact info about the finalists, contact the Bouchercon 2017 Chairs.

Mark May 17: Anthony Award nominees to be announced

As promised, as soon as all nominations are tabulated, the 2017 Anthony Award Nominees would be announced.

Well, that date has arrived!  

On Wednesday, May 17th the full slate of Anthony Award nominees will be announced in all eight categories:

  1. Best Novel
  2. Best First Novel
  3. Best Paperback Original
  4. Best Short Story
  5. Best Critical Nonfiction Work
  6. Best Children’s/YA Novel
  7. Best Anthology
  8. Best Novella (8,000-40,000 words)

We will be releasing the information through all our media channels!

The winner in each category will be announced immediately following the Sunday Brunch on October 15. While the Sunday Brunch is a ticketed event (buy your tickets through the Registration process), all Bouchercon attendees may attend the short awards ceremony that immediately follows.

Peter Robinson answers: “What Bouchercon has meant to me…”

Bouchercon can be intimidating for a writer just starting out.

I remember my very first, when I found myself in the signing room sitting next to Robert Bloch. At least I can now say I shook hands with the man who wrote Psycho! Not so long after, I sat next to Sue Grafton. Needless to say, her queue was out of the door and mine was non-existent, but Sue was kind enough to share her wine with me and even send a few book buyers my way. That’s the sort of thing you remember about Bouchercons years later, as well as the fact that there was only one waitress on duty and the bar closed at eleven o’clock. It’s really the people that make it what it is.

I know there’s a lot of business involved, especially self-promotion, using the opportunity to get your name better known, but don’t forget the parties. I’ve made many lifelong friends at Bouchercons. I even met my agent at one in Pasadena, and he’s still my agent twenty-five years later. So by all means do the business, make the rounds, but don’t forget to take a little time to talk to the fans and make friends with other writers. 

 
Author of the Inspector Banks Mystery Series, Peter Robinson‘s work has been shortlisted for, and won, many awards, including a record-breaking four Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Novel (in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2012). He served two terms as President of Crime Writers of Canada, and is still a stalwart member.

This article first appeared in Crime Time, the members-only newsletter for Crime Writers of Canada, in December 2016, and is reproduced here with the permission of the author and Crime Writers of Canada.

Raven Award winner Dru Ann Love coming to B’con!

Congratulations to Dru Ann Love on winning the Mystery Writers’ of America Raven Award at their April 27th Gala Night in New York City.

Lawrence Block – also attending – won for Best Short Story: “Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow (Pegasus Books)

The Mary Higgins Clark Award went to Charles Todd (also attending) for The Shattered Tree (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow).

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

Rick Mofina answers: “What Bouchercon has meant to me…”

My first Bouchercon was in Austin. My first book had come out earlier that year. Being shy and introverted it was overwhelming. But I was fortunate to get on a panel. Exciting. Two people showed up to hear four authors and a moderator sit around a tiny table with one microphone.

It looked more like a séance.

After that experience I moped in my room wondering why I’d let my agent talk me into coming. I took solace in doing some writing and flipping through the program in awe of all the big names in the same hotel, Harlan Coben, Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly and Walter Mosley, to name a few. All were gods to me. Weeks earlier, I had written to Michael Connelly, whose work I loved, and asked if he would consider a blurb for my upcoming reporter thriller, No Way Back. I never got a response and that was perfectly fine. I mean, I had no right to expect one. We had both been reporters but other than that, we were strangers.

I was thinking about finding my agent and telling her I was leaving on an earlier flight when she said: “Want to go to a party?”

A big publisher was having a swanky invitation-only gathering and my agent got me in.

It was nice, soft lighting, candles flickering on cloth-draped tables. Great food. While stuffing my face in the corner I couldn’t believe it. I’d spotted Michael Connelly amid a circle of people. As I finished chewing I found the courage to approach him and shake his hand. That was my goal, to tell him I enjoyed his work and was honored to meet him. When he was alone for a few seconds I moved toward him without saying a word. His eyes went to my badge and he pointed at me. “Rick Mofina,” he said, “I’m going to get that blurb to you, just need some time.”

I was stunned and within seconds he was swarmed again.

When I walked away my feet weren’t touching the floor.

Later on, instead of hiding in my room, and still buoyed by Michael Connelly, I went to the bar — where Bouchercon tradition holds — fun things happen. My panel moderator saw me, apologized for the poor showing for our panel, said he liked my book and introduced me to the editor of a leading mystery magazine, who, after a pleasant conversation, pledged to do a feature on my work as a new author.

During the rest of Bouchercon I was welcomed into conversations where I met readers, authors, editors, agents and actually made friends. At the book signing, I sat next to Harlan Coben. So cool. The conference flew by. I forgot about checking out early. I was having too much fun. Oh, and when it came time to go, I stood outside the hotel and by chance met an author I had met earlier: Peter Robinson.

“Would you like to share a cab to the airport, Rick?”

I arrived at my first Bouchercon feeling like an overwhelmed outsider.

I left feeling like family.

Mofina at table with friends

A Bouchercon evening in the bar with Lee Child and Friends. Mofina in green shirt.

Rick Mofina has written over 20 books that have been published in some 30 countries. As a two-time winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award, a four-time Thriller Award finalist and a two-time Shamus Award finalist, the Library Journal calls him, “One of the best thriller writers in the business.”

 

 

This article first appeared in Crime Time, the members-only newsletter for Crime Writers of Canada, in March 2017, and is reproduced here with the permission of the author and Crime Writers of Canada.

Anthology Authors Announced!

To all who braved the blank page, climbed over your writer’s block, and submitted a story our upcoming anthology…

Thank You!

Due to the high quality of submissions, the judges had a tough time whittling down the selections. But now that all the acceptance and rejection letters have been sent out we can publicly announce the list of authors who will be represented in the anthology, Passport to Murder.

The anthology will be published on October 12, 2017.  The anthology will be available for pre-order in the summer of  2017. Details will be posted on Twitter/Facebook/this page with details as they become available.

 

The Passport – April 2017

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

We have news about signing up for panels, program book bio/headshot requirements (no, your web image isn’t good enough for print!), a new CWC website feature, tours, and how to get your website linked from ours… and more.

We are only six 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 (https://www.facebook.com/bouchercon/), 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 six earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.