Friday, August 6, 2010

Dark Valentines and Black Envelopes

...having absolutely nothing to do with February 14th, and everything to do with Noir...

Several of you have asked me about our Black Envelope event, The Litanies of Noir. Here's the deal. Starting on the Tuesday before Bouchercon, if you go to City Lights Books (at 261 Columbus Avenue)......

........and ask at the front counter for a Black Envelope, the nice people will give you one. Inside it will be directions to a Secret and Mysterious Location.

On Thursday night, at 9:00 (after our Opening Ceremonies and the lovely William Morrow-sponsored reception) the Fun will begin. There will be readings, and treats, and live music, and oh, boy.....

The number of black envelopes is limited, so be sure to make some time to stroll up to North Beach and grab one.

And here's a little coolness for Friday night.....

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Blogger Marjorie said...


Wow. Now I am really glad that I am arriving early! A trip to City Lights will be top of my list (which I am guessing was the point!). Thanks for explaining it. I am getting very excited about the whole conference. And it's only 2 months away!

--Marjorie from Connecticut

August 7, 2010 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi there, Marjorie,

I'm glad you're getting here early, and yes, a trip to City Lights is definitely a great idea - and not just for the black envelope. It's a great bookstore, in a really fun part of town.

Have you been to San Francisco before, and when are you getting in? If you need some ideas of other cool places to go in North Beach during your City Lights adventure, let me know and I'm happy to make some suggestions.

August 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Thanks so much Rae. I have never been to San Francisco before (I have been to Southern CA), and I am so looking forward to it. I have also not had a full week's vacation in five years. So am I ready! I would love any suggestions you have about the things that aren't in the guide books that I have been skimming. I arrive on the Monday and I do hope to go and see some redwoods (1/2 day bus trip?), otherwise I plan to inhale as much of the city as possible. I love art, food and shopping. Do I really need to see Alcatraz? Are there any parts of the city that are not be safe walking around alone in? (I am a seasoned NYC visitor so I know the usual 'be careful' stuff.) Thanks for all of your work and all of your advice.

--Marjorie from Connecticut

August 10, 2010 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi Marjorie,

You've just given me a great idea for a blog post....

I have a couple of other blogs in the queue, but watch this space, and you'll see a visitor's guide that'll answer your questions.


August 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Rae, I'll keep asking questions if it gives you blog ideas!

I like to do research before I travel to a new place and then it frees me up to relax when I finally get there. Like now I know that you have to use your BART ticket to get off as well as get on! (Like DC or London, but not like NYC.) I know the B'con part of the trip will be fantastic. It's the other parts of visiting SF that I want to know about!

Marjorie from Connecticut

August 17, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Debi Watson said...

Hi Rae,
How does one score a black envelope when they live in Indiana and won't be at BCon until Weds?

August 19, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi Debi,

The Black Envelopes will be available starting Tuesday night, at City Lights Bookstore in North Beach. Just ask at the counter, and you should be set - I'm guessing they'll be available through Thursday afternoon.


August 19, 2010 at 4:01 PM  

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