The massive mix of mystery writers and readers known as Bouchercon wrapped up in Dallas, Texas a few weekends ago. The conference brings in 1,700-2,000 participants, and is held in a different city each year. I stayed busy at the 50th anniversary of Bouchercon.
On Friday, I participated in the Sisters in Crime breakfast. The SinC group is marvelous, and the breakfast event was upbeat. There was a change in leadership. One amazing leader (Sherry Harris) handing off to another amazing leader (Lori Rader-Day). I was asked to read the thank you remarks of the winner of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color award. A hearty congratulations to Jessica Martinez in being this year’s recipient. She’s an emerging crime writer to watch out for.
Later on Friday, I participated in the This is Not a Diversity Panel with four, amazing writers: Step Cha, S. A. Cosby, Michael Nava, and Carsen Taite. I was honored to riff with them about writing and inclusion in the crime writing community.
On Saturday, another breakfast where author Heather Graham and I did a speed dating exercise with the readers attending the conference. That was fun, and tiring, and exhilarating. My afternoon panel called : A Cold and Lonely Place, looked at the issue of setting in the crime fiction. Of course, I write about Detroit in the mid-2000s and I was happy to talk about the Motor City.
Next year’s Bouchercon will be in Sacramento, California and I’ll be there. Because, one more thing happened at B’con. I was voted onto the national board. I’m happy to serve and amazing community of lovers of the crime/mystery genre.