Monday, March 16, 2009
Left Coast Crime Conference
I spent last week on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Left Coast Crime conference. Mystery writers and fans gathered from all over the world to enjoy panel discussions about the mystery genre, fun and sun (actually the first four days were cloudy but then the traditional Kona sun came out). I hosted the debut author introduction breakfast with twelve new authors and the two fans of honor, moderated a panel, and appeared on two panels. The conference had free time to enjoy the scenery and I also got some snorkeling and sightseeing in. At a breakfast with members of the For Mystery Addicts email loop, we exchanged white elephant gifts and Bob Smith of Adelaide, Australia, was the lucky recipient of one of my “Geezer Lit Mysteries” baseball caps. I also had a contest for another cap. The question was: what three mystery writers and one librarian at the conference went to the same high school as Barack Obama. Sheryl Stevens was the first to answer the question and received the baseball cap. The answer is: the three writers are Victoria Kneubuhl, John Madinger and me and the librarian is Cindy Chow. We all went to Punahou School in Honolulu.