If Deadly Ink is a small and intimate (about 100 people) conference of mystery writers and readers, then Bouchercon is absolutely at the other end of the scale as far as size is concerned. The world's oldest (started in 1970) and largest (audiences generally range about 1000 and can approach 2000 or so) mystery conference is being held in New Orleans this year from September 15 through September 18, At any given time at Bouchercon, attendees may choose one of up to six panels meeting and presenting simultaneously in different locations. The list of topics - and of the authors on the panel - can be dazzling. This year, Jon Jordan and Judy Bobalik are in charge of the programming, and the list of panels has just been posted on the "schedule" page of the website. The page also has the other events featured this year, including a parade of Bouchercon attendees up the street to a nearby theater for presentation of the Anthony Awards. (Those are named for Anthony Boucher, whose name and memory are honored in Bouchercon.)
It's a huge event and great fun. There are hundreds of authors who work in every mystery genre and sub-genre who are eager to meet with their fans. There are plenty of free books (not to mention several wonderful book sellers from a wide range of mystery book shops), book signing sessions, parties, a major charity auction, and - this being New Orleans - expeditions into fine jazz venues and - to be sure! - the city's amazing restaurants.
Why not join us? Check out the website for details.