Monday, October 12, 2009
World Mystery Confab in Indy
Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, is the largest annual meeting in the world for mystery lovers -- and the 40th edition takes place in Indianapolis Thursday through Sunday (15-18 October). The convention program includes panel discussions, lectures, and other presentations by mystery writers and experts on the genre, covering all aspects of mystery fiction, thrillers, detective stories, suspense novels, and more.
The 2009 Bouchercon includes special events throughout central Indiana, including programs at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the rotunda of Indiana's state house building, the Indianapolis City Market, and more.
The World Mystery Convention is named the Boucheron in honor of Anthony Boucher (1911-1968): "Boucher" plus "con" (short for convention). Anthony Boucher helped found the Mystery Writers of America, co-founded The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and reviewed mysteries in the Sunday New York Times Book Review. He wrote seven mystery novels and many short stories, along with many radio scripts for "The Adventures of Ellery Queen" and Sherlock Homes radio dramas.
If you'd like to attend, there are day passes and companion passes as well as all-session registration. The next Bouchercon, in 2010, will be held in San Francisco. Bouchercon has been held in cities across North America and, twice so-far, in England.