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WORD: Novelists Child, Connolly, Gericke, Sakey hit San Francisco for Bouchercon

Hundreds of authors, publishers, literary agents and other book industry participants are arriving this week in San Francisco to attend Bouchercon from Oct. 14-17 at the Hyatt Regency. The conference, with a focus on genres such as thrillers, mysteries, and crime novels, is one of the largest annual book events on the calendar.

While much of the action takes place among industry participants -- major publishers St. Martin’s, Penguin, Random House, and others host private parties during the week -- book fans will also find their favorite authors easily approachable during official Bouchercon parties, discussions, and panels.

Following are some key happenings that caught our eyes. For the full 2010 Bouchercon by the Bay schedule and additional details, click here.

Cocktail parties:

Thursday, Oct. 14. Opening ceremonies and presentation of the Barry and Macavity Awards from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. After getting your badges, get liquored up at the opening cocktail reception sponsored by publisher William Morrow. It begins at 7:45 pm at the Hyatt Ballroom. Eighteen authors including Lou Berney, Robin Burcell, Jonathan Hayes, Val McDermid and others will be signing their novels here. Want a first edition copy of your favorite crime author signed? This is where you’ll score.

Friday, Oct. 15. Respected thriller author Lee Child hosts his Reacher Creature party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm at the Hyatt’s Atrium. Apparently the annual event was a private party in the past, but this year it's open to every Bouchercon attendee.

Wednesday, Oct. 13. In town before the conference’s Thursday kick-off? Hit the Beat Museum in North Beach at 7:00 pm for the San Francisco launch of Stephen Jay Schwartz’s crime novel "Beat," one of the most entertaining novels we’ve read in years.

Author Panels:

Friday, Oct. 15, 8:30 am
Crazy villains (why they work or why they don’t)
Steve Hockensmith (M), Henry Perez, Rick Mofina, Marcus Sakey
Room: Grand Ballroom B

Friday Oct. 15, 8:30 am
The use of horror and violence as plot points.
April Smith (M), Michael Ayoob, Jonathan Woods, Michelle Gagnon, Shane Gericke
Room: Seacliff B

Friday, Oct. 15, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Lunch with Declan Hughs and John Connolly
Ten Crime Novels You Must Read Before You Die
Room: Seacliff D

Friday, Oct. 15, 4:30-5:30 pm
Noir is the new Black. Noir vs hardboiled
Otto Penzler (M), Kent Harrington, Linda Richards, Jason Pinter, Chris Mooney
Room: Grand Ballroom B

For more information about the 2010 Bouchercon Conference check out their website.


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