Well Chicago Bouchercon 2005 is over. I've unloaded the truck, my dining room table is covered with books, a big pile of laundry taunting me. I'm tired, but not wasted tired. I do think I'll be sleeping in....
So, let's try to recap the highlights:
I got to meet a bunch of new people, Ray Banks,and the Lovely Mrs. Banks, Anthony Rainone, Suane Swierczynski, David "World's Greatest Moderator" Montgomery, Russel McLean, Dusty Rhoades and his wife Lynn, Kathy Daneman of SOHO Press, Daneille Bartlett of Harper Collins, Linda McFall of St. Martins, Andrew Gulli of the Strand Magazine, Colin Campbell, Annette and Martin Meyers, Cornelia Read, Brian Freeman, Joseph Finder, Todd Robinson of Thuglit.com, Simon Wood, Christopher Rice..... It goes on and on. Loads of great people I hope to see more of. Bouchercon being the way it is I seldom get to spend the amount of time with people that I would like to.
Lots of old friends, too numerous to mention.
Kent Krueger won best novel Anthony Award, well deserved and it about time.
Bowling.... Lots of Bowling...... I may not be consistant enough to win, or even be considered good, but I am a very fast bowler. 17.5 MPH......
Lots of good food.A number of very nice breakfasts.
I had my fanboy moment when I met Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Wonderful writers, wonderful people.
Barry Eisler is funny as hell, so is Blake Crouch.
Gregg Hurwitz is very cool.
Zoe Sharp is going to be a superstar.
Simon Kernick is going to be big.
The auction item we donated went for $750. Joe Konrath did great job with the auction.
Barbara Seranella is my idol. She wa signing books and handing out onions that had a note attached that said
"Please enjoy this onion, I'm keeping the liver"
Reed Coleman is too cool to put into words.
I saw Anthony Neal Smith smile, more than once. And the PLOTS WITH GUNS anthology looks great!
The shamus awards were amazing fun. Christine Matthews did a spectacular job. And Ken Bruen's intro speaach for best novel was great.
Did I mention Bowling? We went twice....
We bought many Dennis McMillan books. Monkology rocks.
The whole convention had a mellow groovy vibe. The hotel was perfect. And lots to do near by.
Ayo Onatade is one of my favorite people, and so is Sean Chercover. They have both been made honorary Jordans.
Our party was a bit better than we expected. The waitress told us we had over 450 people show up. It started just fine, a few people started walking in, I was able to say hello to everyone, and little by little the place filled up. Before long I couldn't get across the room. Chaos, though controlled , ensued....
We did manage to quiet the crowd long enough to give out our awards.
Jack Recher book of the year went to Lee Child for THE ENEMY
Favorite Book of 2004 wa Scott Phillips
Contributer of the Year went to Ayo Onatade.
Next year we hope to have five....
My wife Ruth moderated her first panel at the Big Show. It went well, she ran out of time before she ran out of questions..
My panel was fun, though I thought I got a bit fanboyish while talking about George Chesbro.
Jerry Healy rocks.
David Morrel rocks.
I best stop now, it's asll blurring together...... It was great.