I haven’t decided for sure whether I’ll attend this coming September’s Bouchercon in St. Louis, Missouri. However, several factors incline me in that direction: (1) My British friends Ali Karim and R.J. “Roger” Ellory, who helped make my Bouchercon experience in San Francisco such a delight, will both be attending; (2) my father’s family came from the St. Louis area, so I would welcome the chance to do some genealogical research there; and (3) I have long wanted to visit the small town of Hannibal, about 100 miles to the northwest of St. Louis (a mere care ride away!), where author Mark Twain grew up.
Even if I can’t ultimately go, though, I am going to fill out my ballot for the 2011 Anthony Awards. (Those ballots should have gone to anyone who’s registered for the St. Louis event, or who participated in the San Francisco Bouchercon.) The survey was sent my way weeks ago, asking me to make my picks of the best crime novel published in 2010, the best crime-fiction short story of 2010, last year’s best critical non-fiction related to this genre, and other works worth commending.
I’ve been procrastinating about entering my choices and returning the ballot. But I can’t dawdle much longer. As anyone who received one of these ballots should know, they’re due to be posted by next Saturday, April 30. If you haven’t already sent yours in, please remember to do so within the next few days. If you have questions, drop an e-mail note to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put “Bouchercon” in the subject line.
The list of nominees will be announced on Wednesday, June 1.