Thursday, September 4, 2014

Left Coast Crime Crimelandia News!


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.

You’ll 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.

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