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Annual Mystery Conventions

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This is where you'll find listings & links for current and up-coming mystery conferences. Click on the conference's logo to go to its website.


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This is the sophmore year for Murder and Mayhem in Chicago! And I know we're ready for Round Two. Let's help make them successful -- and have fun too!

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. One of the main organizers is our friend Lori Rader-Day. We'll blog more information on this as we get it. Early Bird Registration is now open!! Tickets are currently $35 plus a $2.92 fee. Ends August 31st!


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Left Coast Crime 2018 will be held in Reno, Nevada from Thursday, March 22nd - Sunday, March 25th.
Featured Authors will be:
Guests of Honor will be Naomi HiraHara & William Kent Krueger. 
Todd Borg is Toastmaster, and Mark Twain is the Ghost of Honor.

One of Mystery's most acclaimed conferences:
MALICE DOMESTIC 30 : April 27 - 29, 2018
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, MD                         

Guest of Honor:
Louise Penny
Catriona McPherson
Fan Guest of Honor:
Janet Blizard

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Nancy Pickard

Malice Remembers:
Robin Hathaway
Poirot Award:
David Suchet


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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.  An array of impressive names, including Clive Cussler, Lee Child, James Patterson, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, David Morrell, Ken Follett, and R.L. Stine, linger in the halls of the Grand Hyatt every July. The 2017 Thrillerfest is from July 11 - 15, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Master CraftFest: 

Join our stellar group of teachers on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at ITW’s Master CraftFest, a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. It’s an intense but extremely helpful day. Each class, which is limited to 10 students, will allow you to work with a best-selling author on your manuscript in progress.

Our instructors this year include: Steve BerryGrant BlackwoodLee ChildMeg GardinerAndrew Gross,Steven James and Gayle Lynds.

CraftFest: As always, CraftFest will have 4 tracks that for 2017 will run all day Wednesday July 12th and for two hours on the morning of Thursday July 13th. Many of your favorite teachers will return and other exceptional authors and teachers will be added as we continue to evolve and improve.

PitchFest: PitchFest is designed to put authors and agents together for the purpose of pitching projects. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for those writers looking to get or change agents. And where better to have this event than in the heart of publishing, New York City?  PitchFest is set up like a speed-dating event. You pitch your novel to an agent for a few minutes, get the agent’s reaction, and then move on to a different agent. Please note: PitchFest is available only in a package with ThrillerFest and/or CraftFest. Registering for ThrillerFest alone does not qualify you to attend PitchFest.


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Bouchercon is the world’s finest annual crime fiction event, bringing together more than 1,000 authors,fans, publishers, reviewers, booksellers, editors, and every other part of the community for a fantastic four-day event.  We’re fan-based, and our fans attract more than 400 authors, from the biggest names to those who will be big tomorrow.

Bouchercon 2017 will be in Toronto, Canada! Thursday, October 12, 2017  - Sunday, October 15, 2016 

Canadian Guest of Honor:
Louise Penny

American Guest of Honor:
Megan Abbott

International Guest of Honor:
Christopher Brookmyre

Distinguished Contribution to the Genre: Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine



In the fall of 2016, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine will reach a milestone anniversary: 75 years in continuous publication! The digest-sized monthly crime and mystery fiction magazine was launched under editor Frederic Dannay (of the Ellery Queen writing team) in Fall 1941 with this message to readers:

B'con Kids Guest of Honor:
Chris Grabenstein

Twist Phelan & Gary Phillips

Ghost of Honor:
John Buchan

Fan Guests of Honor:
Margaret Cannon

Magna cum Murder XXIII
October 20 -22  2017
The Columbia Club - Indianapolis, Indiana

Why attend Magna? Let our readers and writers tell you why they come year after year! "There are many elements that make Magna Cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well writers, aspirants, and readers interact." – Jeffery Deaver (More on the Magna Cum Murder web site!)

Guest of Honor: Terence Faherty

International Guest of Honor:  Andrew Taylor





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777 Front Street Lisle, IL 60532 | Phone: 630-971-1675 | Fax: 630-971-1701 | Hours: M-F 9:30am-9:00pm, SAT 9:30am-5:00pm, SUN 1:00pm-5:00pm