Congratulations to all of this year's Bouchercon mystery author nominees!
Most of you already know that Bouchercon is a huge convention that celebrates mystery authors and their books. This year, Bouchercon XLIV will be held in Albany, New York (at the Empire State Plaza) during the September 19 – 22 weekend.
The awards they present at the Bouchercon conventions are the Anthony Awards, which are named after Anthony Boucher, one of the founders of the Mystery Writers of America organization.
Here is the list of the Bouchercon XLIV authors and their works:
Lifetime Achievement: Sue Grafton
International Guest of Honor: Anne Perry
American Guest of Honor: Tess Gerritsen
Toastmaster: Steve Hamilton
Fan Guests of Honor: Chris Aldrich & Lynn Kaczmarek
Best First Novel:
Don't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman
The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The 500 by Matthew Quirk
Black Fridays by Michael Sears
Best Paperback Original:
Whiplash River by Lou Berney
Murder for Choir by Joelle Charbonneau
And She Was by Alison Gaylin
Blessed are the Dead by Malla Nunn
Big Maria by Johnny Shaw
Best Short Story:
Best Critical Nonfiction Work:
Books to Die For: The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels by John Connolly and Declan Burke, eds.
Blood Relations: The Selected Letters of Ellery Queen, 1947-1950 by Joseph Goodrich, ed.
More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle, M.D.
The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie by Mathew Prichard, ed.
In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero by Otto Penzler, ed.