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ALA Mid-Winter 2017

Atlanta GA • January 20-24

ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference are the premier global library events each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. These events trend nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media.

 

Sleuthfest 2017

Boca Raton FL • February Feb 23-26

Sleuthfest is a premier conference for writers and fans, writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions. It will feature Keynote Speaker, David Baldacci; Forensic Guest of Honor, Dr Vincent Di Maio
 Sunday; Guest of Honor, Jeff Lindsay; Publisher Guest of Honor, Neil Nyren; Guest Authors – Reed Farrel Coleman, SJ Rozan, Jane Cleland, Jess Lourey. Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

 

Murder and Mayhem in Chicago 2017

Chicago IL • March 11

The new kid in town, this is the first year for a brand-new mystery con: Murder and Mayhem in Chicago! It is a one-day event featuring some of Chicago’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. Visit the website for more details, http://murdermayhemchicago.com/

 

Left Coast Crime 2017

Honolulu HI • March 16-19

Honolulu Havoc!  Featured Authors will be: Guests of Honor will be Dana Stabenow & Colin Cotteril. Lifetime Achievement Recipients will be Faye & Johnathan Kellerman. Laurie R. King is Toastmaster, and Earl Derr Biggers is the Ghost of Honor. For more information, visit http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2017

 

2017 Edgar Symposium and Awards

New York NY • Grand Hyatt Hotel  • April 26-27

Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. The Edgar Awards are presented on Thursday, April 27, 2017.  See the nominees for the 2017 Awards, here: http://www.theedgars.com/index.html.

 

Malice Domestic 2017

Bethesda MD • April 28 - 30

The annual "fun fan" convention in metropolitan Washington, D.C. salutes the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The conference honoring the traditional mystery will feature Lifetime Achievement Award Charlaine Harris; Guest of Honor Elaine Viets; Fan Guest of Honor Luci Zahray; Toastmaster Marcia Talley. Visit the website for more details, www.MaliceDomestic.org

 

Crimefest 2017

Bristol UK • May 18-21

The annual convention draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere. Ann Cleeves, Anthony Horowitz, and Peter Lovesey, Tom Adams and John Curran are featured and highlighted guest authors. www.CrimeFest.com 

 

Mystery Writers Key West Fest

Key West FL • June 16-18

Join your favorite mystery writers, aspiring writers, and mystery fans in America’s southernmost city! From South Florida's favorite storytellers to writers of international renown, this is a meet-and-greet where authors can catch up with old friends and readers can chat with their favorite mystery writers, collect signed books -- and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where bestselling authors explain how and why they do it. More information is at the website, http://mysteryfestkeywest.com/

 

Deadly Ink

New Brunswick NJ • June 16-18

2017 Guest of Honor: Vicki Delany,Toastmaster: Mary Jane Maffini, Fan Guest of Honor: David Manfre. Other authors: Jack Getze, Kate Gallison, Ilene Schneider, E. F. Watkins, Roberta Rogow...and more. Visit http://www.deadly-ink.org/

 

Thrillerfest XII

New York NY • July 11-15

Thrillerfest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction. Featuring 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child and 2017 Silver Bullet Award recipient Lisa Gardner. For more information, visit www.thrillerfest.com

 

Theaksons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, (AKA Harrogate)

Harrogate UK • July 20-23

Featuring Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs, Stuart MacBride, Peter May and Arne Dahl as well as an exclusive Vera TV event with Ann Cleeves, actors Brenda Blethyn and Kenny Doughty and BBC’s Steph McGovern. Taking place over four-days each July, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival presents an accessible, challenging and entertaining long-weekend of live literature events, engaging 13,000 people each year in lively thought-provoking debates about the written word, the changing roles of writers and readers, and literature’s response to, and effect upon, wider society. Visit http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

 

PulpFest 2017

Pittsburgh PA • July 27-30

The focus of this year’s convention will be hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos. We’ll be exploring DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — one of the pulps where the hard-boiled detective story began to take shape — and Robert Leslie Bellem’s tough-guy detective, Dan Turner; Pat Savage, The Domino Lady, and other dangerous dames of the pulps, the hardboiled ladies who helped pave the way for our modern day gumshoes. Visit http://www.pulpfest.com/about-pulpfest-2017/

 

The Writers Police Academy

Green Bay, WI • August 10-13

Hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can use to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This conference features real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts! www.writerspoliceacademy.com

 

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Suffolk VA • August 12

Held at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, this one-day festival will showcase multiple bestselling mystery, suspense, romance, paranormal, horror and women's fiction authors who will participate in book signings, fan meet & greets and readings. Additional activities will include multiple workshops, a New Author Expo, and author panel discussions. Visit http://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/

 

St Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Weekend

Oxford, UK • August 18-20

 ‘Another Crime, Another Place: the role of location in crime fiction.' Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is our Conference Guest of Honour and Natasha Cooper will chair the conference. In the past, this conference has flourished through simple word of mouth, although it is featured on the events and reunions page of St. Hilda's College this year with links to the booking -- https://www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk/content/2017-st-hildas-mystery-and-crime-conference.

 

Killer Nashville 2017

Franklin, TN • August 24-27

Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, free agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet, film previews, and live music performances. www.killernashville.com

 

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

Corte Madera, CA • September 7-10

This conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

 

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

Stirling, Scotland • September 8-10

The best of Scottish crime fiction featuring scores of authors. www.bloodyscotland.com

 

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity 2017

Columbia MD • September 8-10

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal.  It will present three days of panels and workshops of interest to both writers and fans. We will all dine together and hear presentations from our key note speakers.  http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com

 

Agatha Christie Festival

Torre Abbey Torquay, UK • September 13-17

The English Riviera transforms itself into the murder mystery capital of the country, with ladies and gents in their period finery immersing themselves in tea parties, theatre, dinners on steam trains and vintage bus tours in honor of the Queen of Crime, who was born in Torquay on 15th September 1890. Garden parties to die for, lunches at Burgh Island, exclusive Twilight Tours of Christie’s home, Greenway, and plenty of Devon Cream Teas. http://www.agathachristiefestival.com

 

Book 'Em North Carolina

Lumberton NC • Robeson Community College • Fall Date 2017 TBA

An Award-Winning Book Fair and Writer's Conference. The hurricane in 2016 in addition to changing leadership has put this conference on hold for the time being.

 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

Toronto Canada  • October 11

Wednesday, October 11th from 1:00–9:00 (special film screening is last 2 hours) one day prior to Bouchercon. Visit http://www.sistersincrime.org/page/SinCGreatWriting2017

            

Bouchercon 2017

Toronto Canada  • October 12-15

Passport to Murder will feature Louise Penny as Canadian Guest of Honor, Megan Abbott as American Guest of Honor, International Guest of Honour: Christopher Brookmyre, B’Con4Kids Guest of Honour: Chris Grabenstein, Distinguished Contribution to the Genre: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Fan Guest of Honour: Margaret Cannon, Toastmasters Twist Phelan and Gary Phillps. Ghost of Honour: John Buchan. http://bouchercon2017.com/

 

Nancy Drew Haunted Maine Convention

Ogunquit, Maine • October 12-14

Our mission is to walk in Nancy Drew's footsteps each year at our conventions. We select a theme book--one of the classic 56 hardcover Nancy Drew books printed from 1930 to 1979--that is set in a real location and we do things that Nancy Drew and her chums did in the books. This adds that nostalgic flair to our conventions so they're much more special than a generic location! While we may not chase villains down dark alleys or sleuth for secret passageways (yet!), we do manage to mix real-life locations with book hunting and activities based on the mystery in the theme book(s) for a fabulous event of mystery and "mayhem."

 

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival XXIII

Indianapolis, IN • October 20-22

This year, the conference will be held in Indianapolis (rather than Muncie) at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle. Guest of Honor, Terence Faherty. International Guest of Honor, Andrew Taylor. http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/ebball/magnacummurder

              

New England Crime Bake

Dedham, MA • November 10-12

Guest of Honor Lisa Gardener. The conference offers master classes in writing and selling your fiction, opportunities to meet with editors and agents, presentations on criminal justice and forensics, panels featuring New England’s best crime writers, and lastly fun, laughter, a pizza party, dessert reception, and banquet! http://crimebake.org/

 

BEYOND 2017....

2018

Left Coast Crime 2018

Reno NV • March 22-25

"Crime on the Comstock" For more information, visit http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2018

Bouchercon 2018

St. Petersburg FL • September 13-16

 

2019

Left Coast Crime 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia • March 28-31

"Whale of a Crime".  For more information, visit http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2019


Bouchercon 2019

Dallas, TX • Oct 31-Nov 3

"Denim, Diamonds & Death"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This annual event will include authors for readers of all ages and interests. Events held at Watauga County Public Library and downtown Boone. www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This annual event will include authors for readers of all ages and interests. Events held at Watauga County Public Library and downtown Boone. www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This annual event will include authors for readers of all ages and interests. Events held at Watauga County Public Library and downtown Boone. www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This annual event will include authors for readers of all ages and interests. Events held at Watauga County Public Library and downtown Boone. www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop 

November

More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop 

November

More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

 

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