Saturday, September 5, 2009

'Tis the Season

In the US, it’s Labor Day weekend. On my calendar, that means Bouchercon Season is upon us, and I can’t wait to get to Indianapolis and see everyone again. Jim and Mike and the Gang have been working their fannies off, and I know we’re all gonna have a blast.

In the meantime, we’ve been busy here at Bcon2010 Central. I’ve staffed up: my new Chief of Staff is Sam, and my Executive Assistant is Missy. They are adorable, have long fluffy tails, and purr when I give them positive feedback. They also like to sit on the keyboard because it’s warm. So if you receive email from “me” that makes no sense, it’s their fault. Really.

(For more information on some of the Bcon2010 volunteers with two legs and no whiskers, take a look at the Contact page on the website.)

Our program is beginning to take shape. On the theory that any good idea should be ripped off, er, implemented with alacrity, we’re following Baltimore’s example: Thursday evening will kick off with Opening Ceremonies, including the presentation of the Barry and Macavity Awards; we’ll conclude the evening with a festive reception (by “festive”, I mean that food and liquor will be served ;-)

Again, following Baltimore’s fabulous example, we’ll present the Anthony Awards at brunch on Sunday. The brunch will include bacon - I’m told this is Very Important to Certain People. We’ll have more information about reservations after the first of the year.

Finally, I’m very, very pleased to announce that we’ve confirmed the spotlight presentations with our Guests of Honor. The line-up is - drum roll, please:

  • Ace Atkins in Conversation with Toastmaster Eddie Muller
  • Dana Stabenow in Conversation with US Guest of Honor Laurie R. King
  • Val McDermid in Conversation with International Guest of Honor Denise Mina
  • Robert Crais in Conversation with Distinguished Contributor to the Genre Lee Child

Oh, and one last note: we’ve updated several of the pages on the site – take a look, and as always, please let me know if you have questions or comments.