Boucher Con and abroad
Saturday at BoucherCon a number of us left the convention. Not through protest, you understand, or because there wasn’t enough going on there (hah!) but because the event planners had decided to add a library outreach, and share the riches of the convention’s crime writers with the city residents.
Back in June, Ruth Jordan (blessed be her name, one of the three forces behind BCon 2008) asked if I would be interested in moderating an event at a local library. I rarely say no to anything connected with libraries*, so I said sure, and she asked if I wanted to choose my panel, or take the library’s wish-list. And again, I said I’d be happy to work with whomever they wanted, so she read me her list of names.
All I can say is, that library has a really diverse group of readers, because the names they had chosen were Frankie Bailey, Cara Black, Charlaine Harris, and Gary Phillips. I may have made a slight gulping noise when she told me the names, because a moderator’s job is to draw her individuals together into a unit and talk about a subject, but I’m game for most challenges, so I took their list.
And of course it was great. It didn’t matter if one person writes gritty PI stories set in LA and another writes what have been called vampire cosies set in the rural South, not if they start out talking about how much they love libraries, and how they came to love books.
Some of the Friends of Laurie attending the conference, who piled into a van and came to show solidarity at the library panel, said this was the best panel they’d seen during the weekend. Which only goes to show that unexpected ingredients can make for an interesting dish.
The rest of the day passed in a whirl of socializing—drinks with various agents, literary and movie; the first half of a dinner with the readers from the Virtual Book Club and elsewhere; the second half of a dinner ten blocks away with editors and publicists.
And so, as Samuel Pepys said, to bed.
If you have a favorite library, send their name and address to us for our Laurie Loves Libraries list at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they could win a book or audio book, or some other prize, in our regular drawings.