This is Bouchercon, Part 2 --
click here to see Part 1
This kind gentleman was right there to open the door for me on Wednesday when I returned to the hotel from my Voodoo Cemetery Tour (well, 1/2 a tour).
I went to my room and rested. Took a cold shower and a nap.
Then wandered down the street just a ways to the Voodoo Mart & Liquor Store so I could pick up some voodoo dolls. (I was obviously not too sick to shop).
And a mask.
One of my little dolls is a Voodoo Bitch, one is a Voodoo Sex Goddess and the other just seems to be dragging around a gris-gris bag, maybe trying to decide what she wants to be. We'll keep an eye on that one.
And my roomie, my friend and sister of the heart, Lesa Holstine finally arrived and we wandered down to the Palace Cafe for dinner.
I had this scrumptious Crabmeat Cheesecake - Pecan crust, mushroom sauté, Creole meunière.
Recipe can be found here.
We both had some gumbo. Delish!!!
We spotted Kathy Boone Reel as she was on her way out, but tempted her back for a taste of crab.
And Lesa and I went back later that night for dessert.
Her Creme Brulee was exceptional.
The Bananas Foster? not so much.
And we were joined by David Chaudoir.
And my friend from Oz, Sarah Byrne
Where we met up with Gigi Pandian
And Kathy (again) and John Purcell
And, M'Lou Greene
And the table grew.
Judy Bobalik found us, as did Maddee James.
And James Ziskin
And David Magayna
It was a fun evening (or, maybe you could tell that?)
and then, by golly, it was Thursday already.
Good Morning, New Orleans!!
And I went to my first Bouchercon 2016 panel.
I loved this panel. "Do You Feel Like I Do?"
Listening to these guys talk "books." Their book collections would have any book lover drooling. Their love for the written word, and respect for books came through loud and clear during the discussion led by Ali. To sit and listen while they shared their knowledge, along with many stories, was a highlight of my week. Treasures, these guys - Bill Gottfried, Marv Lachman, Ali Karim, Art Scott, and David Magayna
Also enjoying it were my pals Annette Dashofy and Lesa
And Annette captured a typical "me" picture when I wasn't paying attention. Turns out, it's one of my favorite pictures from the convention.
|photo by Annette Riggle Dashofy|
and after this fun panel we moved on to another fun panel!
My pal John Purcell supplied the beer (how sweet was that?)
John Thomas Bychowski took the panel pictures (thank you, John!!!!)
and M'lou managed to capture me with my mouth wide open - imagine that!
|photo by M'Lou Greene|