To Bouchercon

Tomorrow morning I’ll fly to San Francisco to attend Bouchercon. Boucher-what, you say?

Bouchercon is one of the premier meetings of mystery writers, fans, editors, agents, and who knows what all else.

This will be my first appearance at this event and I’m looking forward to it. It’s always nice to meet and chat with people who might have read one of my books, or perhaps will read one after chatting about it. Nice also to hobnob with the occasional writer who’s hit the bigtime. A few tips on how-to can make the trip worthwhile.

If you’re curious about Bouchercon and its origins, try this link: Bouchercon info. The web site has a load of information on the origins of the convention, its history, and the program of the current event. I’m not listed among the attendees because of the late nature of my decision to attend. I’ll try to do better for future meetings.

The convention is named after a prominent mystery critic and journalist, Anthony Boucher, who wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times Book Review. A whole institution has arisen around his interest in mystery fiction and this week’s meeting is the 2010 annual event. The Hyatt will be abuzz with people gabbing about novels and short stories they’ve read or written, authors they love or hate, memorabilia buying and selling, general uproar, quiet discussions and quite a bit of mixing and mingling.

Later, as evening spills over into morning and the drinks flow, so too will the words. I’m expecting to have a good time.

About Tom Hopp

Thomas P Hopp is a scientist and author living in Seattle. He writes medical thrillers, natural disaster novels, and the Dinosaur Wars science fiction series.
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