......and other events of interest to mystery fans

We want our calendar to be the most complete and up-to-date listing of mystery-related conventions and conferences available. Please email us with any additions or corrections. While our original intent was to focus strictly on mystery fan conventions, we are now also listing writers conferences that focus on mystery and crime fiction, as well as local and regional book festivals that are geared towards readers and that have several mystery and crime fictions authors attending. This page was updated on November 9, 2009.

Click here for 2010 events. Click here for 2011 events. Click here for 2012 events.

11/13/09 - 11/15/09
New England Crime Bake
Boston, MA area
Email: contact@crimebake.org

Eighth annual mystery conference for writers and readers, co-sponsored by Scarlet Letters (New England Sisters in Crime) and the Mystery Writers of America New England Chapter.

Guest of Honor: Sue Grafton

Men of Mystery
Irvine, CA
Email: jhansen36@juno.com

Michael Connelly will be among the dozens of male mystery authors attending this year.

Black Orchid Banquet
New York, NY
Email: NeroAwardChair@nerowolfe.org

Annual banquet held by the members of the Wolfe Pack, devotees of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe series.

2010 Events
1/15/10 - 1/20/10
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
Boston, MA
Email: customerservice@ala.org

3/11/10 - 3/14/10
Left Coast Crime - Booked in LA
Los Angeles, CA
Email: psa@aniklaw.com

Guests of Honour: Jan Burke, Lee Child
Fan Guest of Honor: Janet Rudolph
Toastmaster: Bill Fitzhugh

3/17/10 - 3/21/10
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA
Email: vabook@virginia.edu

2/26/10 - 2/28/10
Sleuthfest 2010

Boca Raton, FL
Email: sleuthfestlinda@gmail.com

Guests of Honor: David Morrell & Stephen Cannell

Annual conference run by the Florida branch of MWA. Highly regarded!

April 2010
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, CA
Email: fobinfo@latimes.com

This will be the 15th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the country’s largest literary event.

5/25/10 - 5/27/10
Book Expo America
New York, NY
Email: inquiry@bookexpoamerica.com

5/28/10 - 5/30/10
Fforde Ffiesta 1985
Swindon, UK
Email: fridays@ffordeffiesta.com

According to the website, "The Fforde Ffiesta is an unconventional convention based around the comic-fantasy novels of celebrated author Jasper Fforde which takes place in the perhaps unexpected surroundings of Swindon, Wiltshire, "where anything can happen and often does". The event is unconventional both in the way that it’s run – being set in an entirely different era each year that it takes place, for example – and unusual in that the author himself, far from being a distant celebrity seen briefly if at all, is very much at the heart of everything which happens."

6/17/10 -6/27/10
International Mystery Writers' Festival

Owensboro, KY
Email: info@newmysteries.com

The International Mystery Writers' Festival is now accepting submissions in search of the next great play, screenplay, teleplay, or short story in the mystery-thriller-suspense-adventure genres. Finalists will be presented in live productions during the 2010 festival. Click here for full submission details.

The deadline for submissions is August 30, 2009.

6 /24/10 - 6/30/10
American Library Association Annual Conference
Washington, DC
Email: customerservice@ala.org

7/7/09 - 7/10/09
Thriller Fest V

New York, NY
Email: infocentral@thrillerwriters.org

Ken Follett is the 2010 ThrillerMaster. Other special guests include Harlan Coben, Gayle Lynds, Lisa Scottoline, David Morrell.

7/22/10 - 7/25/10
Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference
Corte Madera, CA (near San Francisco)
Email: bpconferences@bookpassage.com

In its 17th year, the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference continues their strong tradition of great authors and teachers. It covers everything mystery writers need--from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher. The 2010 faculty will include Michael Connelly, Sheldon Siegel, Jacqueline Winspear and many more!

7/23/10 - 7/25/10
Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival (aka Harrogate)

Harrogate, UK
Email: crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk


October 2010
Magna Cum Murder

Muncie, IN
Email: kennisonk@aol.com

Magna is taking the year off in 2009 since Bouchercon is in nearby Indianapolis and Kathryn Kennison, the whirlwind force behind Magna, is the fan guest of honor. But we're hoping that they'll be back in 2010 better than ever!

10/14/10 - 10/18/10
Bouchercon 2010

San Francisco, CA
Email: rae@bcon2010.com

Toastmaster: Eddie Muller
International Guest of Honor: Denise Mina
US Guest of Honor: Laurie R. King
Distinguished Contribution to the Genre: Lee Child
Fan Guest of Honor: Maddy van Hertbruggen

11/4/10 - 11/7/10
NoirCon 2010

Philadelphia, PA
Email: info@noircon.com

Deen and Jay Kogan Award: Johnny Temple of Akashic Press
David L. Goodis Award: George Pelecanos
Keynote Speaker: Charles Benoit

2011 Events
1/7/11 - 1/12/11
American Library Association Midwinter Meeting
San Diego, CA
Email: customerservice@ala.org

3/24/11 - 3/27/11
Left Coast Crime
Santa Fe, NM
Email: lccsantafe@leftcoastcrime.org

Guests of Honor: Margaret Coel & Steven Havill
Lifetime Achievement : Martin Cruz Smith
Fan Guest of Honor: Marvin Lachman
Toastmaster: Steve Brewer
Ghosts of Honor: Dorothy B. Hughes & Frances Crane

9/15/11 - 9/18/11
Bouchercon 2011 - The Spirits of St Louis

St Louis, MO
Email: bustedflushpress@yahoo.com

American Guests of Honor: Robert Crais & Charlaine Harris
International Guests of Honor: Colin Cotterill & Val McDermid
Lifetime Achievement : Sara Paretsky
Fan Guests of Honor: Kate Stine and Brian Skupin
Toastmaster: Ridley Pearson

Co-hosts: McKenna Jordan, David Thompson, Jon Jordan

6/23/11 - 6/29/11
American Library Association Annual Conference
New Orleans, LA
Email: customerservice@ala.org
2012 Events
early 2012
Left Coast Crime
Sacramento, CA