(from left: Jon & Ruth Jordan, Fan Guests of Honor; Julie Smith, "Local Legend"; Craig Robertson, International Rising Star Guest of Honor; Alexandra Sokoloff & Harley Jane Kozak, Toastmasters; Heather Graham, Bouchercon co-chair; David Morrell, Lifetime Achievement award; Harlan Coben, American Guest of Honor. Not shown: R. L. Stine, Bouchercon Kids Guest of Honor, who had an early morning flight; Connie Perry, Bouchercon co-chair.)
Bouchercon 2016 has ended in New Orleans this morning, and the nearly 1900 guests are - for the most part- on their ways home. It's been a great weekend, including:
- Hundreds of authors, both celebrity and newly-published writers;
- Dozens of panel discussions on just about every subject, relevant or pleasantly irrelevant;
- A Mardi Gras style Second Line Parade, with convention attendees and floats and bands marching from the hotel to the Orpheum Theater several blocks away, for the Anthony Awards;
- The Anthony Awards themselves - and the Barry Awards, the David Thompson Special Service Award, Derringer Awards and the McCavity Awards;
- A day of workshops and activities for students from local schools at the New Orleans Public Library;
- Live and silent auctions to raise funds for the library (haven't heard total amounts raised yet);
- Lots of books - some free, many bought - to take home with us and added to our groaning To Be Read piles.
New Orleans has a well-deserved reputation as a party city - and a restaurant city. It has lived up to its promises.
On to Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder, which will be held in Toronto, Canada, October 12 - 15, 2017. Hope to see some of you there!