Three weeks from today, BoucherCon starts.
BoucherCon is the annual conference of crime writers, readers, and professionals, a four day combination family reunion, frat party, business meeting, and master class in writing. It’s a hell of a lot of fun, a year’s worth of mental stimulation, and a chance to see those friends you see, well, once a year at BoucherCon.
The panels have been posted: here. (I’m on Friday 1:30 and Saturday 8:00.)
But the 2010 BCon is in San Francisco, and chances are that a fair number of you who are reading these words are not going to be there. So for you, we’re doing a virtual BoucherCon, with a tour of the city and free gifts, although maybe not the champagne pouring out of your computer screen..
This is because I’m the US guest of honor, along with International GoH Denise Mina and Distinguished Contributor Lee Child. And fun is on the line.
Today, you can take a Laurie King tour of San Francisco, tracing the events of half a dozen LRK novels as they move through the City by the Bay. We’ll do “cable car” (ie, fancy bus) tours during BCon—you can sign up for those by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org—or you can go here for the virtual version.
Next Wednesday, September 29, Mary Russell will unveil her new face, er, site. About time the poor woman had her own home.
The following Wednesday, Oct 6th, we sound our trumpets for A Mary Russell Companion, with all things Russell & Holmes and a whole new way to explore their world—and share it with friends.
Then beginning BoucherCon Wednesday, from October 13 to 17, we’ll give you a free download of the original story, “Birth of a Green Man.” This is an illustrated short-short story that I wrote especially for our Twenty Weeks of Buzz this spring, telling the background story of Robert Goodman from The God of the Hive. Until now it’s only been available to a select few (ie, people who won it as a prize) but for those four days, it’s yours.
I hope you enjoy your Con, whether actual or virtual.