Two weeks ago I was at Bouchercon along with 2000 readers and writers of crime fiction. This past week-end I was at Creatures, Crimes and Creativity (C3) with 85. They are obviously different events if for no reason other than size, but they are perhaps more alike than different. Both celebrate a love of reading. Both connect readers and writers. (Both have been known to spill over into the bar from time-to-time).

Bouchercon is the largest gathering of fans (and writers) of crime fiction. C3 is a more intimate gathering of the tribe. While I was at C3, I spoke on 2 panels and moderated a third. I did book signings on Friday and again on Saturday. I did video interviews for the Baltimore Public Library and for Booksmart TV. There were keynotes and interviews, panels and master classes. There was the almost non-stop exchange of ideas in the hallway and in the bar. All that, and fun too. I caught up with old friends and made new ones as well. Here are a few photos from my week-end at C3.

The mystery community has spent a good bit of time in recent years discussing the importance of supporting a diverse community of writers. At the risk of sounding preachy, C3 is an example of the good things that can happen when you bring together a diverse community of writers and invite them to share their knowledge and experience.


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