We're just about four months away from Bouchercon 2012, the annual conference of mystery readers and authors. I believe it's the largest such conference in the world, attracting enthusiasts of every sub-genre in the mystery-and-crime-fiction world. Traditional mysteries, cozies, thrillers, true crime, espionage, serial killers, paranormal - you name it, and you'll find people there to talk about it.
This year, Bouchercon will be held in Cleveland; distinguished guests include Elizabeth George, Robin Cook and Mary Higgins Clark, with John Connolly as toastmaster. It runs from October 4 through October 7. There will be dozens of panels on just about every aspect of the writer's and/or reader's craft. There will be bags of books for readers and plenty of formal autograph sessions with favorite authors. There will be huge displays from publishers and from mystery bookstores, with both new and used/collectible books available for purchase (just in case you don't have enough books in your To Be Read pile already). And parties. And the hotel bar - well, mystery readers have a well-deserved reputation for lively conversation and partying until the bars close.
You can get all the details at http://bouchercon2012.com/, including information about places to stay. The convention hotel, I believe, is sold out, but organizers say there are other blocks of rooms available in hotels very close by. I plan to be there, and I know several of my friends and blog visitors are going as well - and I hope you will be there too. It's a great way to meet other fans of the world's greatest game.