Attendees at Bouchercon 2013 this week will find themselves in "A New York State of Crime" as they meet to discuss the best in crime fiction. This 44th annual world mystery convention will take place Sept. 19-Sept. 22 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.
Bouchercon 2013 will honor "Kinsey Millhone" series author Sue Grafton with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Tess Gerritsen ("Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles" series) will be the convention's American Guest of Honor; and Anne Perry ("Thomas Pitt" series, "Willliam Monk" series), its International Guest of Honor. Steve Hamilton ("Alex McKnight" series) will serve as Toastmaster.
A highlight of each Bouchercon continues to be the announcement of several crime fiction awards, the winners of which will be detailed in subsequent articles by the Mystery Series Examiner. These prizes include the following:
- The Anthony Awards from Bouchercon 2013
- The Macavity Awards from Mystery Readers International
- The Barry Awards from Deadly Pleasure Magazine
- The Shamus Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America
- The Derringer Awards from the Short Mystery Fiction Society
Conference organizers have already set the location for next year's event. Bouchercon 2014, "Murder at the Beach," will be held Nov. 13-16 in Long Beach, Calif.