This in from Chairs L.J. Sellers and Bill Cameron: Left Coast Crime, Crimelandia, Portland, OR.
Ridley Pearson will not be able to attend. He discovered a
conflicting engagement that he couldn’t get out of. The
good news is that sweet and talented Tim Hallinan will join us as Guest
of Honor. Tim is the Edgar, Lefty, Shamus, and Macavity-nominated
author of sixteen published novels, including six Bangkok-set thrillers
about an American travel writer, Poke Rafferty, four comic mysteries
starring Los Angeles burglar, Junior Bender, who moonlights as a private
eye for crooks, and six cult-status private-eye novels featuring L.A.
private detective Simeon Grist.
Tim will have an in-depth interview about how he
manages to live in two places and write three diverse and incredible
series. Tim also plans to auction off a name in his next novel, so this
is your chance to be one of the wacky characters Junior runs into.
Chelsea Cain is our Portland-based Guest of Honor. Her thrillers, described by The New York Times as
“steamy and perverse,” have been published in over 30 languages,
recommended on “The Today Show,” appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True
Blood” and ABC’s “Castle,” named among Stephen King’s top ten favorite
books of the year, and included in NPR’s list of the top 100 thrillers
ever written. According to Booklist, “Popular entertainment
just doesn’t get much better than this.” We can’t wait to hear what she
has to say about developing such chilling characters.
also get to hear from our Toastmaster, the charming Gar Anthony
Haywood. Gar is the Shamus and Anthony award-winning author of twelve
crime novels and numerous short stories. He has written six mysteries
featuring African-American private investigator Aaron Gunner; two
starring Joe and Dottie Loudermilk, retiree crime-solvers and
Airstream-owning parents to five grown Children From Hell; and four
standalone thrillers. Gar has also written for both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and for such television shows as New York Undercover and The District.
But the convention has even more to offer. We have a lot of terrific
side trips planned—including an FBI hostage-rescue workshop and a stroll
through the Shanghai Tunnels. The side trips will soon be listed on the
website for signup. In addition, we’re hosting a new feature in which
readers can sign up for lunches with authors.
Our thanks to those who have registered early to join us for this great
convention. Not sure if you have registered for Crimelandia? Check our Attendee list.
Not registered yet? $175 rate is good through the end of December. Registration page to sign up to join us in Portland in March 2015.