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2017.09.26 48th Bouchercon to be held in Toronto, Canada
Bouchercon is an annual mystery convention organized by volunteers of a non-profit organization called The World Mystery Convention. It is named after the late Anthony Boucher, who was a distinguished crime fiction author, critic and one of the founders of Mystery Writers of America. Ever since the first Bouchercon was held in Santa Monica, California, in 1970, the convention has been held once a year in various cities, mainly in North America. This year, Canada’s Toronto is hosting the event through October 12-15. Anthony Award winners will be determined by participants during the convention and announced on the last day. Attendees will include authors and enthusiasts of mystery literature, librarians, large and small publishers, agents, and booksellers.

The theme for Bouchercon 2017 is ‘Passport to Murder’, and many different events are scheduled to facilitate the interaction among readers and writers, including panel discussions on a wide variety of topics as well as many author signing sessions. Examples of this year’s program include ‘Haunted/Ghost Walks of old Toronto’, introducing ‘spine-tingling ghost stories and the fascinating history of the city’, and a tour of the ‘Toronto Reference Library Arthur Conan Doyle Collection’, where you can witness ‘one of the world’s foremost collections of library materials devoted to the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle (Toronto Reference Library)’. 

Guests of Honour include Louise Penny who wrote ‘Still Life’ and its sequels, translated into 27 languages including Japanese, and Megan Abbott, author of ‘Queenpin’, also translated into Japanese. Both authors are past recipients of the Anthony Awards and are also nominees for this year’s awards. A ‘Ghost of Honour’ is also invited. This year this is John Buchan, a former Governor-General of Canada. Buchan was also the author of the famous novel ‘The Thirty Nine Steps’, which was cinematized by Alfred Hitchcock. 

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