Are you going to Bouchercon in New Orleans this year? I sure am. It’ll be my sixth, and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. Run by fans for the fans, they are well run and everyone is friendly. I’ll be at panels, signings, events, and at the bar of course. Firecracker is coming as well, and as a Louisiana native, will be keeping us away from the tourist traps. It’s kind of a big con for me, and my Jay Desmarteaux novel, Bad Boy Boogie, isn’t even out yet!
But you can get a shot of JD in the Bouchercon 2016 anthology edited by Greg Herren, Blood on the Bayou. I’m in there along with David Morrell and many others. We’ll be signing the print copies at the con on Saturday at 2pm. You can also pre-order the paperback directly from Down & Out here There are two options: Pick up at Bouchercon (no shipping charge) and Ship to Buyer ($4.95 shipping charge). The ebook versions of the book are available for pre-order on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo at a special discounted price.
On Friday, I will be at two panels: moderating the 11:00am Leather & Lace: Hardboiled vs. Cozy panel, with Clea Simon, David Putnam, Linda Rodriguez, Chris Knopf, and Linda Joffe Hull. Yes, the Clea Simon who said talking cats are an abomination. The fur’s gonna fly! Meet us at LaGalleries 1. It’ll be great fun.
I’ll be back at Friday 3:30pm in LaGalleries 1 for The Boxer, the Writing Violence panel, moderated by Zoe Sharp. Me and Sheila Redling, Melinda Leigh, E.A. Aymar, and Taylor Stevens will be talking ’bout Shaft, writing fighting, using your opponent’s intestines as a garrotte, and other fun subjects.
The Anthony Awards are held Friday night this year at the Orpheum theater, and y’all will enjoy the second line they’re having from the hotel to it. Just roll with it and have fun. Protectors 2: Heroes is up for best anthology, and Holly West’s story “Don’t Fear the Ripper” from it is up for best story. One of the other anthology contenders is ThugLit Presents Cruel Yule: A Holiday Anthology, in which my story “Letters to Santa” appears. Vote with your conscience. And if you don’t have one, vote for us!
If you arrive early, I’ll be reading at the Noir at the “Bar” panel at 4:30pm on Wednesday, hosted by Eric Beetner in LaGalleries 4&5, and definitely attending the “After Dark” reading at the Voodoo Lounge.
I will be signing books after all these events. There will be copies of Blade of Dishonor on the giveaway tables, and copies of it and the Protectors anthologies at the Scene of the Crime Books table in the dealer’s room. I will donate all my book sales of Blade of Dishonor to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for Flood relief to help Louisianans like my in-laws who were hit hard by the region’s catastrophic flooding last month.
It will be difficult to stay in the hotel when the French Quarter beckons. At least one trip to World of Beers will be had, maybe to Barcadia as well. There’s so much more to do and see there. I usually make a pilgrimage to Octavia Books and Faulkner House, grab dinner and brews at St. Lawrence on Decatur, and it’s been a long time since I’ve had a Muffuletta, maybe Central Grocery. I usually skip Bourbon Street except for Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, an old dive with a piano and character. Skip the tourist traps and head to Frenchman Street for live music. And if you want to hang out, you can always tweet me @thomaspluck.