Bouchercon 2017 was a fabulous four-day party set in Toronto. It ended on Sunday, but the memories will linger on.
The fruit of five years of planning by Toronto’s Janet Costello and Helen Nelson, the international conference at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre attracted 1,700 mystery fans and writers from around the world, including crime fiction stars Sara Paretsky, Louise Penny, Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman. Here are a few glimpses of the fun-filled days:
Right, my T-Rex Team at the pub trivia evening: Clockwise from bottom left, Madona Skaff, Becky Muth, Chuck Barksdale, Ed Piwowarczyk, myself, Chris F.A. Johnson and captain Madeleine Harris-Callway. We didn’t win, but we came pretty close to it with our masterful grasp of crime fiction trivia! (What does V.I. stand for in character V.I. Warshawski’s name?)
Right, the Friday afternoon panel, Location, Location, featuring five authors talking about our novels’ unique settings. From the far left, moderator Stanley Trollip, co-author of the Detective Kuba mysteries who travelled from Cape Town to the conference; Stephen Mack Jones; myself; Craig Faustus Buck; and Ruth Ware. We all agreed that good settings become important characters in novels.
One of my highlights was the Saturday evening authors’ signing of the Bouchercon anthology, Passport to Murder. I was thrilled to be among the 22 authors with stories selected for the collection (culled from about 120 submissions). All stories had to include some form of travel, and a murder or an attempted murder. My story, “The Queen-size Bed,” is set in Cuba. The collection was published by Florida-based Down&Out Books, and all proceeds go to support literacy at Frontier College.
Here’s a shot of all the Passport to Murder authors who made it to Toronto. I’m second from the end, back, at the far right.