What to look for at this year’s Bouchercon

Sue Grafton is one of six guests of honor at this year’s Bouchercon, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

What is Bouchercon?

The full name is the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention, a meeting of authors of mystery and detective fiction — and their fans — that has been going on since 1970. The man the event is named after was an author, editor and New York Times critic of both science fiction and mysteries. He died in 1968, and a memorial for him in 1970 has turned into the annual convention.

Registration costs $175 for all four days; more information can be found at http://bcon2013.com.

The convention includes panels on topics such as breaking into writing; the craft of writing; various aspects of crime and the law; book signings; interviews with the guests of honor; and the announcement of the Anthony Awards, which are given for novel, first novel, paperback original, short story and nonfiction critical book.

Guests of honor

Sue Grafton: lifetime guest of honor. She’s best known for her Kinsey Millhone series. Her events: 11:40 a.m. Saturday, book signing; 7 p.m. Saturday, interview; 10:20 a.m. Sunday, panel with all the guests of honor

Anne Perry: international guest of honor. The British author is best known for two series set in Victorian England. One features policeman Thomas Pitt and his wife, Charlotte; the other features private detective William Monk and nurse Hester Latterly. 11:40 a.m. Friday, signing; 7 p.m. Friday, interview; 3:10 p.m. Friday, panel on historical crime fiction; 12:30 p.m. Saturday, panel on writing multiple series; 10:20 a.m. Sunday, panel with all the guests of honor

Tess Gerritsen: American guest of honor. A physician-turned-author, Gerritsen has written numerous romantic suspense novels and medical thrillers, but is perhaps best known for her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the inspiration for the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. 11:40 a.m. Friday, signing; 8 p.m. Friday, interview; 1:50 p.m. Saturday, writing as therapy; 10:20 a.m. Sunday, panel with all the guests of honor

Steve Hamilton: toastmaster. The author of the Alex McKnight series works at IBM and lives in Ulster County. 4 p.m. Thursday, interview; 9 a.m. Saturday, creating the perfect villain; 10:20 a.m. Sunday, panel with all the guests of honor

Chris Aldrich and Lynn Kaczmarek: fan guests of honor. That’s right, even fans of the genre get special treatment. 9 a.m. Friday with Louise Penny, author of the Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries. 10:20 a.m. Sunday, panel with all the guests of honor

Other panels of note

This is just a sampling of some of the panels. For a full list, go to http://bcon2013.com/schedule.

Noon Thursday: “She’s Got a Way,” on methods of murder, just sounds interesting

1:20 p.m. Thursday: “Close to the Borderline,” on pulp fiction, includes K.A. Laity, novelist and Saint Rose professor

4 p.m. Thursday: “An Innocent Man,” on making the law thrilling, includes Albany Law grad and former Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro (author of the Dani Fox series of legal thrillers) and former L.A. County prosecutor Marcia Clark (author of the Rachel Knight legal thrillers)

9 a.m. Friday: “Worst Comes to Worst,” on tragedy as entertainment, includes Albany novelist of hardboiled fiction Vincent Zandri

3:10 p.m. Friday: “Running on Ice,” on adrenaline-filled stories

10:20 a.m. Saturday: “You May Be Right,” on law enforcement and crime fiction, includes Albany novelist (and former NYPD cop) Robert Knightley

10:20 a.m. Saturday: “Money or Love,” on sleuths not getting paid, includes Schenectady novelist Joel Gomez-Dossi

12:30 p.m. Saturday: “Just the Way You Are,” on the confines of writing historical fiction, includes Saratoga Springs novelist M.E. Kemp

3:10 p.m. Saturday: “Modern Woman,” includes Louise Penny, a 2013 Anthony Award nominee who has won the same award for three years in a row

9 a.m. Sunday: “Pressure,” on being an author, includes Frankie Bailey, novelist and University at Albany professor

The Anthony Awards

The Anthony Awards will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday. Here are the nominees:

Best novel: “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott; “The Trinity Game” by Sean Chercover; “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn; “The Beautiful Mystery” by Louise Penny; “The Other Woman” by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Best first novel: “Don’t Ever Get Old” by Daniel Friedman; “The Professionals” by Owen Laukkanen; “The Expats” by Chris Pavone; “The 500” by Matthew Quirk; “Black Fridays” by Michael Sears

Best paperback original: “Whiplash River” by Lou Berney; “Murder for Choir” by Joelle Charbonneau; “And She Was” by Alison Gaylin; “Blessed are the Dead” by Malla Nunn; “Big Maria” by Johnny Shaw

Best short story: “Mischief in Mesopotamia” by Dana Cameron, EQMM, Nov 2012; “Kept in the Dark” by Sheila Connolly, Best New England Crime Stories: Blood Moon; “The Lord is My Shamus” by Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder; “Peaches” by Todd Robinson, Grift, Spring 2012; “The Unremarkable Heart” by Karin Slaughter, MWA Presents: Vengeance

Best critical nonfiction work: “Books to Die For” by John Connolly and Declan Burke, editors; “Blood Relations” by Joseph Goodrich, editor; “More Forensics and Fiction” by D.P. Lyle, M.D.; “The Grand Tour” by Mathew Prichard, editor; “In Pursuit of Spenser” by Otto Penzler, editor.

Vía Michael Janairo stories http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/What-to-look-for-at-this-year-s-Bouchercon-4809622.php

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