Monday, March 25, 2013

Left Coast Crime Conference

The Left Coast Crime Conference wrapped up yesterday. Excellent conference with kudos to Christine Goff and Suzanne Proux for putting it all together. I didn’t win The Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2012 (Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder), but it’s an honor to be a finalist. The winners by category were:

The Lefty – Brad Parks, The Girl Next Door
The Bruce Alexander – Catrionia McPherson, Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day
The Rocky – Craig Johnson, As the Crow Flies
The Watson – Rochelle Staab, Brouja Brouhaha

A guest appearance was made by Lou Diamond Phillips to interview guest of honor, Craig Johnson. Craig’s books led to the Longmire television series, and Lou plays the role of Henry in the show.

One of the highlights was the Concealed Gun Fashion Show, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. Here’s author Parnell Hall trying to get a concealed knife out of his lipstick. 

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