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 (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 eight earlier editions, so you can check out any you’ve missed.

Helen Nelson answers: “What Bouchercon has meant to me…”

When friends convinced me to come to the first organizing meeting for Bouchercon 2004 (in early 2004), I had never been to Bouchercon. In fact, although I wanted to help out, I wasn’t sure I would actually attend because it was going to be held on the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend. And my husband and I had a long tradition spending that last long weekend of the year getting in one more camping trip before it gets seriously cold.

By the end of that first meeting, I had agreed to chair the Registration committee. A few weeks later we added other tasks to the Registration committee and I was joined in chairing the committee by Patricia Pedersen. One of the people we convinced to join our committee was Janet Costello. She, too, had never been to Bouchercon before.

Of course, by the time Bouchercon 2004 began I was there. I had taken on a wide range of tasks that really couldn’t be accomplished from a comfortable campsite in a Provincial Park. So, too, had Janet Costello, who had worked on the Registration committee and co-ordinated the charity auctions. Of course we didn’t really attend all that much of Bouchercon – we were so busy with the background tasks of making sure that everything happened. Even though we had independently bought T-Shirts that featured a picture of “The Silent Scream” with the words “Stop me before I volunteer again”, we were hooked.

What is the hook? 

It is hard to fully describe. But I’ll try. 

It’s the fact that Bouchercon is run entirely by volunteers who pour their hearts into making it happen every year. It is the fact that it has happened every year without fail for 47 years – soon to be 48. It is visiting new-to-us cities – and revisiting cities we think of as old friends. It is the same every year and different every year. It is the sense of community, of family. It is meeting new friends and visiting with old friends. It is the hugs of greeting and the tears of parting. It is mourning those who have died in the last year. It is celebrating the successes of new authors, and the veterans. It is reminiscent of a high school reunion except you like everyone! It is a joyous party for up to 2000 kindred spirits.

And so it was probably inevitable that we would want to do it again in Toronto!  In the almost 13 years since Bouchercon 2004, Janet and I have poured a lot of our energy into the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Janet was newsletter editor for 7 years; I worked as co-editor for the first two of those, then spent 5 years as chapter president. And we’re still active there. And it didn’t hurt that people would constantly ask me “So when will we do Bouchercon here again?”

Co-Chairs Janet Costello and Helen Nelson

Co-Chairs Janet Costello and Helen Nelson

That feeling of wanting to give back has never left us. So in 2012 we made a successful bid to host Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. Janet and I are the Co-Chairs.

We’ll be busy during Bouchercon this year.  No matter how well planned, there are always a host of last minute details and fixes and oversights and questions to be answered!  But the highlight is all of you!

See you all in October!

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’.

Panel Registration Deadline!

Did you know?

Only those registered for Bouchercon 2017
AND
Those who ask to be on a panel, will be considered for a panel.

July 1st (17 days away!) is the deadline for consideration.
Registration at Bouchercon is not a guarantee of a panel assignment.  We will try to give as many as we can a panel slot. Unfortunately, the number of requests is usually far greater than the spaces available, so not every request can be met.

As the sage once said: “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

Indicate your interest today!

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).