SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR — SCOTT TUROW
Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including IDENTICAL, INNOCENT, PRESUMED INNOCENT, and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two nonfiction books, including ONE L, about his experiences as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
Lifetime Achievement — WALTER MOSLEY
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
DISTINGUISHED GUEST OF HONOR — ANNE PERRY
Anne Perry is the international bestselling author of over fifty novels, which have sold over 25 million copies. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime.” Her first series of Victorian crime novels, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, began with THE CATER STREET HANGMAN. The latest of these, TRIPLE JEOPARDY, will be published in 2019.
In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with THE FACE OF A STRANGER. The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before the Pitt series, and feature the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. DARK TIDE RISING is the most recent, published in 2018.
LOCAL GUEST OF HONOR — CARA BLACK
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 17 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.
FAN GUEST OF HONOR — JANET A. RUDOLPH
Janet A. Rudolph is the Editor of the Mystery Readers Journal and Creative Writer/Director at Murder on the Menu andTeamBuilding Unlimited. She blogs daily at MysteryFanfare.com and DyingforChocolate.com, facilitates a weekly mystery book group, hosts Literary Salons with crime writers, and has been a committee and Board member on numerous mystery conventions, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. A long-time contributor to the mystery genre, she received her Ph.D. in religious mystery fiction. She lives in the Berkeley (CA) hills with her husband, two golden retrievers, and three cats. She loves gardening, photography, reading …. and long walks on the Beach in Bodega Bay, birds notwithstanding. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American Crime Writers League.
The Mystery Readers Journal is the official publication of Mystery Readers International. Originally started as a newsletter to update the local mystery community on fun events, it is now one of the most important periodicals in the field. A quarterly, each issue focuses on a specific theme with major articles, author essays, special columns and a calendar of events. Members of MRI award the coveted Macavity for excellence in mystery writing.
Toastmaster — Catriona Mcpherson
Catriona McPherson is the author of the Dandy Gilver series of preposterous detective novels set in Scotland in the 1920s, where but not when she was born. The first of these, AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL (2005) was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Dagger by the CWA UK and, to date, the series has won an Agatha (DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER, 2012), three consecutive Leftys and the Sue Feder Memorial Macavity.
She also writes contemporary standalone suspense novels. AS SHE LEFT IT (2013) won an Anthony, THE DAY SHE DIED (2014) won another Anthony and was shortlisted for an Edgar, and THE CHILD GARDEN (2015) was a Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha finalist.
Catriona was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University, leaving with a PhD in Linguistics. She immigrated to northern California in 2010. She has worked as passable library assistant (which gave good material for 2016’s QUIET NEIGHBORS), a miserable university professor (great material for 2015’s COME TO HARM though) and a hopeless bank clerk (no good for anything), but is now a full-time writer and hopes never to have a proper job again.
She is a proud member of MWA, CWA, SoA, PEN, a lifetime member and past-president of Sisters in Crime, and is delighted to be the 2020 Bouchercon toastmaster.