Very sorry to be posting this so late - and other late posts as well. Blame it on LCC.
It was quite a weekend at Left Coast Crime, as several hundred mystery authors and readers gathered to enjoy a few deadly pleasures together.
The conference had a fine group of authors, always available for panels, or conversations, or other mystery-related pastimes. This panel featured Lee Goldberg questioning the Guests of Honor at the convention. From the left: Lee Goldberg (moderating)(author, TV producer/writer); Colin Cotterill, International Guest of Honor (author/creator of Dr. Siri series); Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, Lifetime Achievement Awards; Dana Stabenow, U.S. Guest of Honor (author of the Kate Shugak series and others); Laurie R. King, Toastmaster (author of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series).
Leslie and I sported matching Hawaiian shirts - all right, really Disney Caribbean from Castaway Key - for our fun "Speed-Dating with Authors" session to open the convention.
I also wound up on a panel called "Reviewers & Critics: Are Authors at Their Mercy?" with moderator Jen Forbus, novelists Daniel Boucher and Jane Stillwater (standing), and fellow-blogger Dru Ann Love. In my defense, I pointed out that the books I review were, for the most part, written by authors from nearly a century ago, no longer in any position to worry about being at my mercy...
Meanwhile, Leslie was moderating a panel on "YA & Mid-Grade Novels: The young and the restless," with (from the left): Catherine Paul (AKA Evelyn Cirincione); Pamela Beason; Kelley Armstrong; Penny Warner; and Leslie Blatt.
As we prepared for the closing banquet, those of us who serve on the Standing Committee for LCC (and members of the current LCC Committee) were welcomed with traditional Hawaiian leis. From the left: Janet Rudolph; Noemi Levine; Linda McNab; Colleen Glynn; Toby and Bill Gottfried; Leslie and Les Blatt; Stan Ulrich; Lucinda Surber.
Er...this was taken at the banquet, OK? Don't ask. Just. Don't. Ask.
The convention at an end, Leslie and I are now recuperating at Disney's Aulani resort on another corner of the island of Oahu. With this view from our room, we're beginning to think that we might have survived Left Coast Crime - for this year, anyway. A weekend spent with these authors and sp many other fans is a weekend well-spent.