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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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Covid Notice

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 Murder and Mayhem in Chicago has been reset for 2021 as a Virtual Con! Click on the Murder and Mayhem logo to learn all about this great event! It will be held on April 17, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST  and it is well worth it. Just ask your fellow MAFians who've participated in past M&M events!

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.

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  No Left Coast in 2021 

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Left Coast Crime 2022 will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from Thursday, April 7 - Sunday, April 10th.
Guests of Honor will be Catriona McPherson and Mick Herron. Fan Guest of Honor is Kristopher Zgorski. Toastmaster is Kellye Garrett, and the Ghost of Honor is Tony Hillerman.

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Malice Domestic  

One of Mystery's most acclaimed conferences:

Malice 2021 update: Canceling April Con; Virtual in July


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Another new opportunity from International Thriller Writers:

Virtual ThrillerFest XVI
June 28 – July 10, 2021!

Take advantage of this chance to participate in Master Class, PitchFest, and  X-Treme CraftFest and more!

There’s no travel, no hotel stay—but you can still hone your craft in small classes taught by ITW bestselling authors, you can learn to pitch your novel with confidence, and get insider details on the business of writing from agents, editors, and marketing professionals, including a critique of your query letter.


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The World Mystery Convention (also known as Bouchercon) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author.

Bouchercon (pronounced BOUGH•chur•con) is the annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of mystery and crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun!

​Welcome to Bouchercon New Orleans, 2021, where we bring you the world’s premier annual crime fiction event. Join the mystery community — from authors, fans, and publishers to reviewers, booksellers, and editors — for 5 days of panels, parties, and pure mystery fun.

​Registration is now live!!!  Hotel Registration is up too!!

​(Visit for information on future Bouchercon events.)

PLEASE NOTE:  YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR BOUCHERCON 2021 PRIOR TO BOOKING A HOTEL ROOM AT THE Marriott Hotel. See further details on this on the Bouchercon Hotel Page.

Lifetime Achievement:
Michael Connelly

Rising Star Guest of Honor:
Steph Cha

International Guest of Honor:
Jo Nesbo

Alafair Burke

American Guest of Honor:
Craig Johnson

Historical Mystery Guests of Honor:
Caroline & Charles Todd

Fan Guest of Honor: 
Ali Karim

  Kid's Bouchercon Guest of Honor:
Jonathan Maberry


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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