Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Guests of Honor: Mick Herron; Catriona McPherson

Fan Guest of Honor: Kristopher Zgorski

Toastmaster: Kellye Garrett

Ghost of Honor: Tony Hillerman

Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. LCC is held during the first third of the year in Western North America. Conventions have been held from Anchorage to El Paso, from Boulder to Hawaii, and various locations in between.

Our purpose is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests.


As of this post, we plan to meet in 'real life' in Albuquerque. Be sure and register soon and make your hotel reservations.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Will Be Required for Left Coast Crime 2022

To protect us all and in line with convention best practices, LCC attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination before check-in. We’ll be finalizing things when we get closer to April, but are planning to have a pre-clearance procedure in the weeks leading up to the convention, as well as the option of on-site proof.

Registration Fee Increase December 31

The registration fee of $215 for LCC 2022 will increase at midnight on December 31 to $235. Please remind your author friends to register by December 31, 2021, for priority panel placement.
Register for LCC 2022

Interested in sponsoring Left Coast Crime? Available options include the Saturday breakfast,  the hospitality suite, sponsoring one of our Guests of Honor, plus the convention book bag and name tag holder.

2022 Lefty Awards

Lefty Nomination Form will be coming to registrants very soon! Registrants will be able to nominate three titles in each category. Nominations will be accepted in early January for the four 2022 Lefty Awards:
    Best Debut Mystery Novel
    Best Humorous Mystery Novel
    Best Historical Mystery Novel covering events before 1970
   Best Mystery Novel

To be eligible, titles must have been published for the first time in the United States or Canada during 2021, in book or ebook format. (If published in other countries before 2021, a book is still eligible if it meets the US or Canadian publication requirement.)

Nomination forms will be emailed in late December. The Lefty Award nominees will be announced on January 17, 2022. Final voting will be by paper ballot at the convention in Albuquerque.

Questions about the Lefty Awards? Email Awards Co-Chairs Lucinda Surber & Stan Ulrich



Writing Workshop

Get Your Kicks on Route 66: David Morrell Shares Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing

A Writing Workshop for authors, published or not, will take place from Noon–4:00 PM on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, the day before the convention begins, at the convention hotel.

Drawing on his many decades as a bestselling author and the creator of the Rambo film series, David will discuss numerous topics, including his method of starting a novel, the steps to its completion, the mistakes he watches for, and his assessment of the current publishing market. The session will conclude with a long question-and-answer session.

Cost: $66 for LCC Registrants, $99 for non-LCC registrants
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, Noon–4:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras Avenue NW, 87102
Details: Lunch on your own before the workshop
Online registration

David Morrell is the author of the novel First Blood, in which the character of Rambo originated. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic espionage novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television mini-series to air after a Super Bowl. An Anthony, Edgar, Ellis, Left Coast Crime, and Thriller Award finalist, Morrell has Comic-Con, Macavity, Nero, and Stoker awards as well as ITW’s Thriller Master award and a Bouchercon Lifetime Achievement award. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, discusses what he has learned in his many decades as an author. [David Morrell’s Website]

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