Here is my report from Bouchercon -- if you don't like name-dropping, you should probably skip it.
What is Bouchercon
? Basically it's the best place in the world to be if you love mystery books. Billing itself as the "World Mystery Books Convention," Boucheron is a 4-day festival of books, books, and more books.
As you might expect, I had a blast. I don't know if I've recovered yet or not. Fortunately, I was able to order a new liver on Ebay, so I should be my old self in short order.
Bouchercon is a great convention because you actually have the chance to meet and talk to so many great writers, fans, agents, editors, etc. And they're all so nice!
*meeting and making friends with people who really, really love books
*having drinks with legendary crime writer James Crumley
*long conversations with people I'd only talked to before through email, including Gayle Lynds
, Barry Eisler
, Eddie Muller
, Denise Hamilton
, Julia Spencer-Fleming
and Elaine Flinn
*chatting and having drinks with Mike Connelly
, Laura Lippman
, Ian Rankin, C.J. Box
, Gary Phillips
, Kent Harrington, Dennis McMillan
, Jonathon King
, Jason Starr, Peter Clement, David Corbett, Rick Demarinis and Otto Penzler
*sitting by the pool with Joe Gores and talking about Bob Ludlum and Donald Westlake
*the incredible interview of James Lee Burke by Mike Connelly
*meeting Earl Emerson, Steve Hamilton, Gar Anthony Haywood, G.M. Ford, John Connolly, Richard Barre, Mark Billingham and Ridley Pearson
*talking about the Myron Bolitar series with Harlan Coben
(he's very tall!) Harlan said he's pleased that people love Myron & Win and want them to return -- and he'd like that, too. But he's waiting for the right story and isn't going to force it just because people want it. Sounds wise.
*moderating a panel
with gambling expert James Swain, who later showed me some awesome card tricks. Also on my panel were Richard Moore, Carole Nelson Douglas and Steve Brewer. All in all, I think it was a success, although I had no idea what the hell I was doing.
*talking to James Lee Burke as we both exited the men's room (he initiated the conversation); it was the 1st Bouchercon for each of us
*semi-drunkenly telling Karin Slaughter that I'd just reviewed her new book for the Chicago Sun-Times
...and realizing later that I'd panned it
*crashing parties given by the Mystery Writers of America
and a bunch of publishers
*being interviewed by April Smith
(Good Morning, Killer
) for the L.A. Times
*walking by Gregg Hurwitz
and then doing a doubletake when I saw his name tag -- he looked like he's about 18 years old! very handsome, too
Wow...first Bouchercon and it was a trip. I urge everyone to try to attend one some time if you ever have the chance.