What is Bouchercon and why are Sulari Gentill and three fellow writers, Emma Viskic, Jock Serong and Robert Gott, going there?
Bouchercon® is the annual world mystery convention. Readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of crime fiction gather for 4 days of education, entertainment, and fun.
Bouchercon is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organisation which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author.
The first Bouchercon took place in 1970 in Santa Monica, California. Subsequent Bouchercons have been held in many cities across the United States, as well as in Toronto and the UK.
Thanks to funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, an idea to take contemporary Australian crime fiction to the United States of America has come to fruition. Sulari and co. will attend Bouchercon and then by invitation a number of other events in Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
It seems that the time is ripe for Australian fiction in general to break into the US market, but especially for Australian crime, the new BIG THING following the Scandi Noir wave.
Having worked with LJM Owen to bring the Terror Australis Festival in Cygnet Tasmania to life, Sulari will sadly not be there, as the dates of these two events are identical.
Find out more about Bouchercon at http://www.bouchercon.com/
You can keep track of our four Australian crime writers via Instagram at #mysterywrtiersontherun