Bouchercon was a blast. I mean: four days talking about books and writing. Perfect. And it was all extremely serious and literary and intellectual — as you can see from this photo booth strip below. Pop Culture Nerd, alias Elyse Dinh, has a lot to answer for.
The opening ceremony for Bouchercon was held last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I snapped this shot outside, where cameras are allowed, and where a sculpture garden of giant painted Fender Stratocasters welcomes visitors.
Inside, I got this photo of me with Sting’s bass from the 1983-84 Synchronicity tour. But after that, I entered the museum, where photos are strictly forbidden.
So there aren’t any pictures of me running amok, trying on Diana Ross’s Supremes gown before getting into Elvis’s purple Lincoln Continental, grabbing a couple of Hendrix’s guitars and John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper’s outfit, and climbing to the top of the museum to proclaim, “I am the lizard queen!”
You’ll just have to take my word for it.
Today is more down to earth. I’m on a panel and attending the American launch of Books to Die For. Still plenty of fun.
Panel: “I am Woman, Hear Me Roar.”
Books to Die For launch
P.S. — And yes, I have already been told that at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I came dressed as an FBI agent. Somebody asked me where my earpiece was.
I have some events on my schedule this autumn. If you’re in the Midwest, or Surrey, or London, I’d love to see you.
October 4-7, 2012
America’s biggest mystery convention — and I’ll be there, along with hundreds of other authors and thousands of other readers.
Guildford Book Festival
Thursday 25 October, 7 p.m.
I’ll be interviewing Nicci French and Tania Carver about what it’s like to write as husband-wife teams.
Curtis Brown Creative Crime Writing Weekend
Saturday-Sunday 10-11 November 2012
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Foyles Books, Charing Cross Road, London
I’ll be teaching a two-day course on writing crime fiction, along with Harry Bingham of The Writers’ Workshop. If you’re interested in applying for the course, click the link above.