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Bloody Words 2011 Mystery Conference


One of the most aptly named events on the Canadian literary calendar is the annual Bloody Words mystery conference.

This year, it is being held in Victoria, British Columbia (AbeBooks’ home town) on June 3-5. The guests of honour are writers Tess Gerritsen, Michael Slade and William Deverell.

The Bloody Words conference began in 1999. The event usually attracts around 250 readers and writers from across Canada and the United States, who come together to discuss all aspects of the genre. There are panels covering everything from writing that debut novel to the latest in crime forensics, writing workshops, author signings, manuscript evaluations and readings by leading mystery writers. More than 100 mystery authors have already registered to attend.

Slade, a pen name for Vancouver criminal lawyer Jay Clarke, has written 14 mystery novels. Gerritsen, an American, is the international guest of honour. Her thrillers have been worldwide bestsellers since the mid-1990s and she has sold more than 20 million books. Deverell is the local guest of honour as he lives on nearby Pender Island – a former journalist, he has been writing novels since the late 1970s.

Find more details about the event at the Bloody Words website.

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