(Virtual) BOUCHERCON MYSTERY CONVENTION, “SACRAMENTO, WHERE MURDER IS A CAPITOL CRIME.” 15-18 October, Sacramento CA. Bouchercon, (pronounced BOUGH•chur•con) is the annual world mystery convention where every year readers, writers, publishers, editors, agents, booksellers and other lovers of mystery and crime fiction gather for a 4-day weekend of education, entertainment, and fun. The Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Grand was to be the site of Bouchercon 2020, but like many events for the first time will be held on-line. One really great thing though; if you’ve never been able to attend this famed world mystery convention–it is online and registration is only $55! In-person attendance usually costs much more, not to mention the cost of travel and hotel. And besides all the great speakers and discussions you’ll be able to vote online for the prestigious Anthony Awards. Here’s are the award categories and nominees. Registration and more is at: https://www.bouchercon2020.org/.
(Virtual) Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year Awards, Thursday, July 23, live stream at 6.30pm (London Time): https://harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com/. The award celebrates excellence, originality, and the very best in crime fiction from UK and Irish authors. Take a look at the shortlist or Longlist at their website (above.) Part of the 4 day Virtual Harrogate International Festival. Here’s the link: https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/hif-player/.
CHARLIE CHAN, THE CHINESE-HAWAIIAN BORN JUST OUTSIDE OF CLEVELAND OHIO: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00-8:15PM, Fairview Park, Ohio Library. Lou Armagno, the blogger behind “The Postman on Holiday” will share his extensive knowledge of all things Charlie Chan and Earl Derr Biggers. Register online at: https://attend.cuyahogalibrary.org/event/3670825 or call, 440.333.4700
CHAN FILM: CASTLE IN THE DESERT (1942): EL SEGUNDO CALIFORNIA: Friday, April 24th, 8:15PM, and Saturday, April 25th, 2:30pm & 8:15pm, The Old Town Music Hall, El Segundo, California. One of the best of all the Charlie Chan movies! The ambiance for suspense is nicely set in a castle in the middle of nowhere. And there’s always that famous phrase: “One of us is a murderer”. We just love it when they say that! This is an enjoyable film with a fine cast, and well worth your time. Give it a try. (Tickets: $10, Seniors (62+) $8)
LEFT COAST CRIME 2020, “MURDER’S A BEACH”: March 12-15, 2020, San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley Hotel. Left Coast Crime is an annual mystery convention sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors each year in Western North America. Not only have they hosted their mystery conventions on the Hawaiian Islands, they’ve had “Earl Derr Biggers” as their traditional “Ghost of Honor!” (each convention has a Ghost of honor presiding, this year it’s Raymond Chandler.) Registration and more, here: http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2020/
MORE CHARLIE CHAN MOVIES FROM THE 30S & 40S: February 3 – April 20, 1:45-9:30PM (9 Weeks), University of Las Vegas, OLLI, Paradise Campus. Take a closer look into some of the popular Charlie Chan B movies from the 30s and 40s, with life-long movie fan, Keith McMillen. Get some background on the actors, directors, and studios who produced them. Hear about the four different sons and one daughter who “helped” Charlie solve these mysteries and gain some insights into how the series changed over its lifetime. We will indulge in one chapter of a 12-part movie serial each class. Register at: https://olli.unlv.edu/ or Call: 702-774-OLLI (6554).