What is Bouchercon?
Bouchercon is the Annual World Mystery Convention, where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for a long weekend of education, entertainment, and fun.
The first Bouchercon took place in 1970 in Santa Monica. Recent Bouchercons have been held in Chicago, Anchorage, Baltimore, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
Who is Bouchercon for?
Anyone who loves mysteries. Attendees will include hundreds of fans of crime fiction, along with published authors, aspiring writers, librarians, large and small publishers, editors, agents, and booksellers.
What happens at Bouchercon?
Our days are built around panel discussions and other programming on a wide variety of topics designed to allow lots of interaction among readers and writers. There are typically four or five programs to choose from at any given moment. They can be humorous or serious, educational or entertaining, and most often are a little bit of everything.
In addition, there are many author signing sessions, a book room, and special events such as award ceremonies, movie nights, and parties. And always, there are a lot of people just hanging out and enjoying each other's company.
Why Long Beach?
Considered one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is situated against the Pacific Ocean, between Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Long Beach boasts five international airports within an hour's drive, dozens of hotels servicing the convention area, hundreds of restaurants of every flavor, entertainment of every stripe in easy reach, and temperate weather year-round.
In addition, like its northern neighbor Los Angeles, the dark side of Long Beach's sunny beaches and palm trees has made it an easy target for crime fiction (and crime) for the 115 years of the city's existence.
What else can I do while I'm there?
The city of Long Beach has a lot to offer on its own, including the Queen Mary, the Long Beach Aquarium, numerous museums, and ferry trips out to Catalina Island. (More information is available on our Long Beach page.)
In addition, Southern California offers entertainment to suit any taste, from sunny beaches (even in November) to mountain hiking, from Disneyland to Legoland to Hollywood, and from five star dining to neighborhood dives and food trucks—we've got it all.
How can I participate?
Register to attend! We also welcome anyone who's interested in volunteering before and during the event or any individual, group, or organization that would like to sponsor a portion of the weekend's festivities.
Why is it called Bouchercon?
Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White, 1911-1968) was a writer, editor, and critic of science fiction and mystery who came to be regarded as the cornerstone of modern mystery analysis. He championed many crime-writing greats long before the mainstream literary establishment recognized their talents, and remained an indefatigable fan and insightful reviewer of every category of crime fiction. He helped found Mystery Writers of America in 1946 and served as its president in 1951. Both the Anthony Awards and the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention ("Bouchercon") are named in his honor.