Only 46 days until Bouchercon!
One of the long awaited B'Con events every year is the unveiling of the panel schedule.
Placing 750+ authors into approximately 480 panel slots fell into the more than capable hands of Jon Jordan and Judy Bobalik this year. They're pros at this, and did their usual outstanding job. But, you know, it's hard to make everyone happy (unless you're pizza). Needless to say, there are happy folks and there are unhappy folks. Always. And in coming years at upcoming conventions, these roles could be reversed.
I fall into the happy folks category.
You can find the entire Bouchercon schedule here, thanks to the incredibly always on top of things, Erin Mitchell.
If you plan on being in New Orleans for Bouchercon this year, I hope you'll stop by the "All the Critics Love You in New York Panel" at 12:00 on Thursday.
Librarian Penny Halle of "Murder and Mayhem in Muskego" fame will be moderating Lesa Holstine of Lesa's Book Critiques, Dru Ann Love of Dru's Book Musings, Kristopher Zgorski of BOLO Books, Erica Neubauer, Freelance Book Reviewer at Publishers Weekly, and me, as we discuss books we recommend.
This should be fun, and I can promise you'll walk away with a list of new books to add to your ever-growing "To Be Read" stack.
I'll also be joining David Morrell, who is best known for his popular character Rambo, bestselling author Heather Graham and the rest of the talented and awesome contributors to this year's Bouchercon anthology, Blood on the Bayou, for a group signing.
The signing will take place on Saturday at 2:00.
Blood on the Bayou, edited by the marvelous Greg Herren, is now available for pre-order through Down & Out Books -
I always look forward to Bouchercon.
I'm not able to attend every year, which makes it that much more special, I guess, when I do.
There are always some moments of pure magic.
I love when I happen to bump into an author whose work I love and get to exchange a few words, when I get to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with old and dear friends I don't get to see often enough.
There's always much to love about Bouchercon.
This year I'll get to spend some time exploring a city I've never been to, but have long been fascinated by.
I plan on spending a lot of time wandering the city with my camera, and have a list a mile long of places I want to see.
A pretty long list of places to shop.
A monstrously long list of places to eat.
All in all, I expect this to be a pretty memorable Bouchercon.
Life is good.