Sunday, July 27, 2008

Bouchercon Auction II

Early response has been great for the auction, with a healthy number of character names, theme baskets and signed first editions pledged. Thank you authors for your generosity.

I forgot to mention in the first post, but if anyone would like to volunteer some time monitoring the silent auction table or doing some running during the live auction, let me know.

On the personal side, today's my birthday and I received some great books: SWAN PEAK by James Lee Burke, A WELCOME GRAVE by Michael Koryta, PHANTOM PREY by John Sandford and BLOOD TRAIL by C.J. Box. Yesterday my Hard Case Crime delivery brought BABY MOLL by John Farris, which was originally published by Fawcett in 1958. Friday I received my DEADLY PLEASURES magazine and my Steeler's Digest newspaper, so the reading shall be fine.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bouchercon Auction - Charmed to Death

This year Bouchercon 2008: Charmed to Death is being held in Baltimore, MD from October 8-12. One of the highlights of Bouchercon is the Bouchercon Auction.

The Bouchercon Committee annually chooses a worthy charity in the host city to receive the proceeds from the auctions. This year the Committee has chosen two recipients: The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Viva House. You can read more about these charities on the Bouchercon website:

Chris Grabenstein and Donna Andrews have agreed once again to act as our dynamic duo auctioneers for the live auction.

Curious what works as items for the auction? Items of interest in the past have included signed first editions, character name in an upcoming book, manuscript critiques, a modest-sized basket that incorporates a particular theme from your books, or maybe something that ties in with a series character and signed. Use your imagination. Keep in mind that winning bidders may be carrying the item(s) on an airplane, so consider convenience. The deadline for item submissions is September 24th.

If you're coming to Bouchercon and you have something you'd like to donate, please contact the Auction Committee at We will contact you to confirm the donation and provide you an address to send your item(s).

Thanks in advance for your generosity,

The Bouchercon Auction Committee

Dave Magayna Cindy Tambourine Beth Fedyn