What is Bouchercon and Why Every Mystery Writer Should Attend

boucher-logo Bouchercon World Mystery Convention is a fan and writers’conference named in honor of writer, reviewer, and editor Anthony Boucher. It rhymes with “voucher” and is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction.

People who attend are fans, authors, agents, booksellers, publishers and other people who read and enjoy mystery and crime fiction. The first one was held in Santa Monica, California in 1970. The guest of honor was Robert Bloch of Psycho fame.

Each year, Bouchercon nominates and votes on the Anthony Awards for excellence in crime fiction, including: Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Critical Non-Fiction, and Best Paperback Original.

Bouchercon 2016 was held September 15-18th in New Orleans with more than 1,900 attendees. The American guest of honor was New York Times Best-Selling Author, Harlan Corbin. One of the highlights of the conference was Harlan being interviewed by New York Times Best-Selling author, Michael Connelly!

As a side note, Bouchercon 2019 will take place in my home state, Dallas Texas! We do everything big in Texas, so expect it to be awesome!

Other notable greats appearing throughout the weekend included Lee Child, New York Times Best-Selling author of the Jack Reacher series, serving as moderator, and he also interviewed David Morell.

There were hundreds of authors of the mystery/thriller genre in attendance including authors currently residing in Texas, including Charlaine Harris of the Sookie Stackhouse, Southern Vampire Mysteries, adapted into the HBO series, True Blood, and New York Times Best-Selling authors Kathleen Kent, Taylor Stevens, and Reavis Z. Wortham.

Below is a small photo gallery from Bouchercon New Orleans. Check it out!

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