Two of the major mystery conferences have just opened registration for their 2018 gatherings! For those who plan ahead, a reminder that registering this far ahead means you'll be getting a lower price than you would if you waited. A few details:
In 2018, Left Coast Crime will be held in Reno, NV, March 22-25. Guests of honor will be Naomi Hirahara and William Kent Krueger. Todd Borg will be toastmaster for the events. And the Ghost of Honor will be Mark Twain (represented by Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne).
Later in 2018, Bouchercon will be held in St. Petersburg, FL, September 6-9. The American guests of honor will be Karin Slaughter and Sean Chercover; International guests of honor will be Sara Blaedel and Mark Billingham. Tim Dorsey will be Florida guest of honor. Ian Rankin will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. Fan guests of honor will be Judy Bobalik and Ayo Onatade, well-known to mystery convention-goers. Lisa Unger will be the toastmaster trying to keep all of this straight. And the Ghost of Honor will be John D. MacDonald.
You can find a lot more information about these events on the websites at the links. You'll find information about the hotels for each event, though it's too early to register for rooms. It's not, as I say, too early to register for the conferences themselves. Left Coast Crime has an early registration rate of $175, good through March 19, 2017. Bouchercon's registration is also set at $175, good through the end of this year.
If you've never been to a mystery conference, they're wonderful fun, with panel discussions about mysteries and authors, hundreds of mystery writers from all the mystery genres and sub-genres in attendance looking to meet their readers, books to take home, autograph sessions with the authors, award ceremonies (the Anthony awards at Bouchercon, the Lefty awards at Left Coast Crime), chances to meet and talk with both new and established authors. I hope I'll run into some of you at either or both of these events.