Monday, October 8, 2012

Bouchercon 2012 Recap: Back from the Mystery Convention in Cleveland

I'm back from a great four days in Cleveland for the Bouchercon Mystery Convention. Here are some highlights:

It's impossible to make it a few feet through the lobby without running into old friends and new. Below, I was meeting up with new author Susan Boyer (second from right) for lunch, when we ran into Juliet Blackwell (a good friend who writes the witchcraft mystery series), Victoria Laurie (whose books I adore but who I'd never met before), Chantelle Osman (Sirens of Suspense), and Lesa Holstine (of Lesa's Book Critiques).

Gigi, Juliet, Victoria, Chantelle, Susan, and Lesa.

The opening ceremonies took place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday night. Since Bouchercon has a couple thousand attendees, not everyone fit right in front of the stage, so we were free to explore other floors of the museum. My favorite view was from above the stage.

View from above the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In the morning, I woke up bright and early for the New Author Coffee Hour, where I and over a dozen other new authors were speaking about our books. 7:30 a.m. Cleveland time felt very early for someone on California time, but as I was getting coffee I caught this gorgeous view. (Yes, Cleveland is beautiful! I posted more architectural detail photos over on the Gargoyle Girl photo blog.)

It provided an early morning thrill to have Scottish mystery novelist Val McDermid reading our book blurbs and introducing us.

After the presentations, the new authors went to the book room to sign books. I didn't know what to expect as a new author, but lots of people came to talk to me, several of whom bought Artifact. It was exciting to hear that Artifact sold out in the book dealer's room!

Twitpic posted by one of the people who bought the book!

Below, I'm at the signing table with Yves Fey, whose debut mystery Floats the Dark Shadow was recently released. It takes place in Belle Epoque Paris, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

After signing, I went to breakfast with Mysti Berry and Sophie Littlefield. There was lots of coffee and good conversation to be had. Did I mention lots of coffee?

Done with my own promo, I could turn to having fun and attending other panels! There were lots of great ones, and a few of my favorites that I remembered to photograph were: the paranormal mysteries panel with Sarah Zettel, Juliet Blackwell, Victoria Laurie, Judy Clemens, and F. Paul Wilson; the short stories panel with Laura Curtis, Shelley Costa, Terrie Farley Moran, John Floyd, Janet Hutchings, and Barb Goffman; the Sherlock panel with Laurie King, Daniel Stashower, Michael Robertson, Les Klinger, Dan Andriacco, and Sara Paretsky; the suspense panel with Norb Vonnegut, AGS Johnson, Ken Wishnia, David Bell, and Ted Hertel.

The Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter got together for lunch. 22 of us were in attendance, and here are photos of some of us below.

Even though there wasn't an awards banquet this year, I got dressed up with good friends from home, Juliet Blackwell and Sophie Littlefield. Anthony awards winners are posted here.

After the awards ceremony, I met up with old friends at new at the hotel bar. Clockwise from top left: Gigi Vernon (another mystery writer Gigi!), Darrell James, Roni Olson, Deborah Ledford, me, Ken Wishnia, Victoria Laurie, Juliet Blackwell, Nicole Peeler, me, Sheila Connolly, and Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames.

At lunch with authors Terry Shames and LJ Sellers before heading to the airport.

I'm looking forward to next year!



  1. I *love* this post, esp. seeing you SIGNING!

  2. Oh, that looks like it was tons of fun! With coffee! :-)

  3. Hi Gigi. Thanks for posting all of those photos. I'm enjoying the convention vicariously from home although it sure isn't the same!

  4. Thanks so much for this, Gigi. I feel almost like I was there. Bringing back lots of fond memories from S.F. Bouchercon. So glad to read you sold some books and that your fanbase is growing. : )

  5. Since writing this post this morning, I already thought of several more highlights! Perhaps I'll have to do PART II tomorrow -- or at least post more pictures on Twitter :)

    Dana -- I ran into your sister at the airport. She has great taste in versatile luggage ;)

    Rachael -- I hope we get to do a signing together sometime!

    Cindy and Malena -- Wish you could have been there!

  6. Looks like such a great time. I'll see you in Albany next year!

  7. You were awesome giving your pitch!

  8. Gigi, so glad I saw you and had time for a drink with you in the bar! It was a wonderful Bouchercon this year, and I was delighted to peruse your blog and pictures!

  9. Great photos! And a great convention all around. Good to see you ... maybe we can do another breakfast at LCC next year?!

  10. Great pictures, Gigi. You're the one with the great camera, aren't you? I enjoyed seeing you, and I started your book and am enjoying it. I probably won't get it done very soon, though, because I'm reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett for my book club in a couple of weeks, maybe less, and I still have almost 800 pages to go.

  11. See you in Albany, Edith!

    Thanks, Penny -- it was fun to be in such great company that morning.

    Sasscer, and Gloria -- I'm glad we had a little time to hang out! Gloria, I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying ARTIFACT.

    Looking forward to seeing you at LCC, Tammy :)

  12. Very nice pictures, Gigi, with tags--always good.
    I hope to see you at LCC in Colorado Springs too.

  13. Gigi, looked like a lot of fun. I hope I get to go someday!

  14. Pat -- Yup, I'll be there in Colorado Springs. Look forward to seeing you.

    Larissa -- It was fun, but HUGE. Malice is a nice way to dip your toes in the mystery-con waters :)

  15. Great recap, Gigi. Sorry I missed the New Authors breakfast, but that was too early for me - and I'm in Ohio! Missed the Guppies breakfast on Saturday (had to leave early) but so glad to hear of your experiences getting to meet other authors and fellow SinC & Guppies! (Tho technically, I guess you're now a "Head" Guppie, mentor to the rest of us.) -- Diane Schultz

  16. Diane -- I'm guessing I would have slept through the New Author Coffee Hour if I hadn't been on it myself!


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