Honolulu Havoc! Left Coast Crime Hawaii: Info for Authors
The latest Left Coast Crime Hawaii newsletter is out. You should have received it if you're attending, but if not, here's some info for authors (and others). Hope you plan to join us at Honolulu Havoc! March in Hawaii? Yes!
Lifetime Achievement: Faye Kellerman; Jonathan Kellerman Guests of Honor: Dana Stabenow; Colin Cotterill Toastmaster: Laurie R. King
Left Coast Crime is a first and foremost a fan convention but we all know that authors are often the most invested crime fiction fans. Honolulu Havoc organizers want to maximize the experience for all attendees so we have created seven events that focus on different ways for authors to interact with their fans – current and future. There are two categories of activities – Supporting Kids Reading and Writing and Getting to Know your Fans. Future newsletters will provide directions on how to sign up for these events, but we wanted you to know what was coming so you could think about how you would like to be involved and make your travel plans accordingly.
Silent Auction – (donations due by noon on Thursday, March 16th) Each Left Coast Crime Convention raises money to support a local literacy organization with funds raised through a silent and live auction and the annual Quilt Raffle. Honolulu Havoc’s auction recipient is Read Aloud America, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes literacy, encourages a love of reading in adults and children, and increases children’s prospects for success in school and life. Founded in Hawaii in 1995, Read Aloud America provides Hawaiian parents with the tools they need to communicate with their children from an early age while fostering a love of books and learning. The Read Aloud program helps bridge the gap for parents who don’t have a family heritage of literacy, encouraging parents to turn off electronic media and strengthen family bonds by reading together. All proceeds from Left Coast Crime 2017’s auction go to Read Aloud America. Anyone — reader, writer, bookseller, librarian, blogger — may donate an item or two to the silent auction. A few of you are probably thinking about your auction donations right now — it’s a good excuse not to do actual work! You can either mail your Silent Auction donations to yourself at the hotel or bring them with you. We’ll be setting up the Silent Auction Room late Wednesday and Thursday, but we will accept donations on Friday as well. Questions? Email Auction Chair Alain (A K) Gunn
Dessert Mystery Fundraiser – (Friday, March 17th after the Fireworks) Buy a ticket to attend or contribute to the “dessert and death” experience where all proceeds over costs go to our designated charity – Read Aloud America.
Author School Visit – (Wednesday, March 15th or Thursday morning March 16th) Visit a school or college on the island of Oahu and share your love of books. If your book isn’t age-appropriate, you can read from a favorite from when you were the students’ age.
Creative Writing Competition – (November–December 2016) Judge the short story finalists written by elementary through college age students. Email Chair Gay Gale for more information.
Getting to Know Your Fans
Author Speed Dating – (Thursday morning March 16th – before Panels begin) A little like the New Author Breakfast but talking to fans about your latest book “one table at a time.”
Author–Reader Connections – (Tuesday March 14th through Sunday March 19th) Plan a gathering and invite a select number of fans to join you. It can be as simple as meeting at a Hilton Hawaiian Village bar or swimming pool at a set time, walking to a Waikiki “hot spot” like Duke Kahanamoku’s statue or the Army Museum, or having lunch at a nearby restaurant. The Organizing Committee will help with suggestions of local gathering spots.
Author Hosted Tables (Saturday March 18th) Partner with another author to host a table at the Lefty Awards Banquet. Convention attendees will sign up to sit with you at dinner. Table favors optional.
Meet the New Authors Breakfast Calling all authors who have a first mystery, crime, thriller, or suspense novel published between March 1, 2016, and March 19, 2017. You are eligible to present at the Meet the New Authors Breakfast, Friday, March 17, 2017. Contact Mike Befeler at email@example.com.
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Lefty Awards The Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards are fan awards chosen by registered members of the Left Coast Crime convention. Nominations for the Lefty awards to be presented at each annual convention are made by people registered for that convention and also the immediately prior convention. A ballot listing the official nominees is given to each registrant when they check in at the convention, and final voting takes place at the convention. The ballots are tabulated and that year’s Lefty Awards are presented at the Awards Celebration.
Left Coast Crime 2017, “Honolulu Havoc,” will be presenting four Lefty Awards. The Lefty awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
Registrants of the 2016 and 2017 Left Coast Crime Conventions will be able to nominate three titles in each Lefty Award category. Nominations will be accepted the first two weeks of January, for the four 2017 Lefty Awards: Best Humorous Mystery Novel Best Historical Mystery Novel (The Bruce Alexander Memorial), covering events before 1960 Best Debut Mystery Novel Best Mystery Novel To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during 2016, in book or ebook format. (If published in other countries before 2016, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.)
Nomination forms will be emailed to all 2016 and 2017 LCC registrants in late December. The nominations will be announced on January 16, 2017. Final voting for the Lefty Awards will be by paper ballot at the convention in Hawaii.