From the Booking Desk:

Besides the things that are listed on the official Bouchercon schedule (which can be found here), there are always other happenings before and during the convention. Many of these events are invitation only, but there are a fair amount of things that are open to everyone and I thought I would compile a partial list.

Keep in mind that this is in no way intended to be a listing of all these types of side-events, but only ones I currently know about or for which people have reached out and asked me to include. Other events will no doubt pop up, so keep your ears open when on the convention floor, read any updated website information and social media outlets, and generally just let destiny takes it course – or you can follow the crowds.  😉


Wednesday September 14

3-4:15PM     Don Bruns will be launching his New Orleans-set novel, Casting Bones. @Marriott (Balconies LMN) – wine and New Orleans specialties will be served

4:30-6:00PM     Noir at the Bar @Marriott (LaGalleries 4&5) Readings by: Meg Gardiner, Grant Jerkins, Matt Coyle, Lori Rader-Day, Terrence McCauley, Steve Cavanagh, Thomas Pluck, Neliza Drew, Todd Robinson, Rob Brunet, Jay Stringer, Kris Calvin, Rick Ollerman, Michael Pool, Steph Post, SW Lauden, Danny Gardner, Craig Faustus Buck, Hosted by Eric Beetner (includes free book giveaways)

9:00PM-Until Late     Noir Bar After Dark @The Voodoo Lounge (718 N. Rampart Street) Readings by Johnny Shaw, Christa Faust, Todd Robinson, S.G. Redling, Martyn Waites, Eric Beetner, John Rector, Danny Gardner, Sarah M. Chen, and Renee Asher Pickup

Thursday, September 15

12:40-1:10PM     Meet the Author/Signing Session for Severn House authors including Cathy Ace, Lin Anderson, Karen Olson, Clea Simon, Marcia Talley, Michael Wiley, Corey Lynn Fayman, Caro Ramsay @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room.

7:00-9:00PM     “5 Years of Criminally Good Books” anniversary Down & Out Books. Come celebrate with the Down & Out Books family @Cosimo’s in the French Quarter. Readings by James Ray Tuck, Eric Beetner, G.J. Brown, Jen Conley, Jeffery Hess, Dana King, S.W. Lauden, Gary Phillips, Tom Pitts, Ian Truman, J.L. Abramo, Grant Jerkins, Danny Gardner.
Please register by clicking “going” on their Facebook Event page or emailing Rebecca (at) with “RSVP” in the subject line

Friday, September 16

11-11:30AM     Get a free galley of Joe Lansdale‘s next Hap and Leonard novel, Rusty Puppy, in the book room. Lansdale will be signing as well.

11:40AM-12:30PM      Join Mulholland Books @Mystery Mike’s booth in the book room for a MEGA-SIGNING with Chris Holm, Duane Swierczynski, David Morrell, David Swinson, Matthew Quirk, Joe Lansdale, and William Shaw. BYOB—and yes, that means Bring Your Own Book. Mystery Mike will have some for sale, too.

12 Noon     Cozy Proud: A meet-up of cozy authors and their fans hosted by (Location TBA) Authors please bring bookmarks or postcards

3:30-4:00PM     William Shaw, author of the Breen and Tozer trilogy, is joining Mulholland Books for his first Bouchercon! Meet him in the book room to pick up a free copy of his forthcoming mystery, The Birdwatcher

4:10-4:40PM     Kensington Authors: Marc Cameron, David McCaleb, John Gilstrap, Tony Tata, Daniel Palmer @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room

9:30PM     Celebrate 25 years of SOHO Crime with Crimespree Magazine @Ernst Café (600 S. Peters Street) Free drink for those who arrive early

Saturday, September 17

9:40-10:10AM     7th Street Books Authors: Allen Eskens, Shaun Harris, Mark Pryor, Stephanie Gayle, Jennifer Kincheloe, Terry Shames @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room

12:40-1:10PM     Oceanview Writers: Joe Clifford, Ellen Kirshman, DP Lyle, Matt Coyle, Rob Leininger, David Putnam @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room

1:00-2:00PM     A collection of Polis Books authors will be signing in the bookroom  @Garden District Book Shop booth. Authors include: Jason Starr, Bryon Quertermous, J. D. Rhoades, Richard Brewer, Gary Phillips, Steph Post, and Terrence McCauley

2:30-3:00PM     Get on board Kathleen Kent‘s new crime series with a free copy of The Dime signed by the author in the book room courtesy of Mulholland Books.

3:40-4:10PM     Crime Plus Music Anthology signing: Reed Farrel Coleman, Jim Fusilli, Peter Blauner, David Corbett, Bill Fitzhugh, Alison Gaylin, Gary Phillips, Zoe Sharp, Erica Wright @Mystery Mike’s booth in the Book Room

6:00-8:00PM     Book launch for Ellen Byron’s Body on the Bayou @Hall-Barnett Gallery (237 Chartres Street) RSVP requested to: bodyonthebayou (at)

From the Booking Desk:

You will notice that I did not list the BOLO Books Soirée (Wednesday 6:00-7:00PM). This is because based on received messages this event has reached capacity. If you reached out after the first Facebook post about this event to show interest, you have been counted and will get information early next week once I have feet on the ground in NOLA and can do some reconnoitering of the logistics. I appreciate all the support the crime fiction community has given to BOLO Books and look forward to seeing everyone during Bouchercon.