I had a wonderful time committing Murder and Mayhem along the sunny banks of Lake Michigan. Milwaukee was welcoming and full of cheese. The conference was a blast. Mostly because I had the privilege of interviewing the incomparable Sara Paretsky. Enjoy these photos.
Today I’m heading to New Orleans for Bouchercon 2016: Blood on the Bayou.
Here’s my schedule:
NOIR AT THE BAR – Welcome to Bouchercon
WEDNESDAY, 4:30-6PM LaGalleries 6
WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES – Diversity, Disorder and Detection
THURSDAY, 9:00AM-9:50AM LaGalleries 6
DOIN’ WHAT COMES NATUR’LLY – Writing believable characters
SATURDAY, 1:30PM-2:20PM LaGalleries 1
ECHOES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES — Author group signing
SATURDAY, 4PM Book Room
If you see me wandering the French Quarter with my face covered in powdered sugar, you’ll know I’ve raided Cafe DuMonde for their entire supply of beignets. Stop me and say hi.
MysteryPeople is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend in Austin. As part of that, they’re going to publish their list of Top 100 Crime Novels. They asked me, and other authors, to submit our own Top 20 list. Which I did, though it killed me. How could I choose only twenty crime novels as my top picks? Twenty novels is barely a starting point.
But I buckled down and listed twenty fantastic crime novels — books I love for their stories, characters, language, influence on the genre, and staying power. Click the link for the entire list. The authors are listed in alphabetical order.
Countdown to the MysteryPeople Top 100: Meg Gardiner’s Top 20 List.
On Saturday, November 7th, I’ll be joining crime fiction aficionados to celebrate the fifth anniversary of MysteryPeople — BookPeople’s Mystery bookstore-within-a-bookstore in downtown Austin.
MysteryPeople: Our Life in Crime
Authors, Booksellers and a Critic on the Novels That Define the Genre and the Future of Mystery/Crime Fiction Reading
Celebrating MysteryPeople’s 5th anniversary with a discussion of where crime fiction’s been and where it’s going. Besides the panel discussion there will be trivia, giveaways, and of course, cake and beverages. The store will also be unveiling its list of MysteryPeople’s Top 100 Greatest Crime And Suspense Books.
All are welcome!
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 3:00pm
Book People — third floor
603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
And if you’re not reading MysteryPeople’s fantastic blog, with all its essays, reviews, and author interviews, what are you waiting for?
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Next month I’m attending Bouchercon 2015, the world mystery convention, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The con runs October 8-11. Besides talking about mysteries and thrillers, taking part in the late night authors’ fight club, and eating Carolina barbecue, I’ll be on a couple of panels.
Crime and Mystery meet Conspiracy, Science and Medicine
8th October 2015
Meg Gardiner [Moderator]
Keeping it Moving / Maintaining Pace in the Narrative
10th October 2015
Alexandra Sokoloff [Moderator]
Glen Erik Hamilton
I hope to see some of you there.
Hey, hey, USA… I almost forgot to tell you: my latest thriller, Phantom Instinct, is now out in paperback.
I think you’ll like it. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Don Winslow says: “It’s fast-paced, sharp, and unforgettable.”
So there you go.
Why are fellow Austin writer Jeff Abbott and I smiling in the photo above? The clue is in the books we’re holding. We’d just enjoyed a highly entertaining talk at Book People, and were waiting to get our copies signed by the author.
Look, it’s Harlan Coben! Who, aside from being a fantastic author, is warm and generous and an all around nice guy. Many thanks to Scott Montgomery (on the right, wearing the “Random Cowboy” tie) and everybody at Book People for bringing Harlan to Central Texas.