I'm finishing my packing and preparing to depart for Raleigh, North Carolina, and this year's Bouchercon. For those of you who don't know about Bouchercon, it's the world's oldest and largest convention of mystery authors and mystery readers, named in honor of the late Anthony Boucher, a mystery author and critic for the New York Times and others. Picture hundreds of readers talking to, and with, hundreds of mystery writers and you'll get some idea of the scope of the conference.
There will be panels, featuring authors talking about just about every facet of mystery writing and reading. This year, I'm delighted to see that there are several panels about the resurgence of the traditional mystery. My wife and I will be moderating a Meet the New Authors (and New Publisher) breakfast featuring presentations by 58 authors whose first crime book has been published since the last Bouchercon.
If you've never attended a Bouchercon, come join us next year in New Orleans. If you're attending this one, please look me up to say hello in Raleigh. I'll try and post here sporadically through the week.