Monday, October 12, 2009

A Criminal Romp

Vicki here. If anyone is as yet undecided as to whether or not attend Bouchercon, I hope Jared’s great post of yesterday made up their mind. Jared – you are on my top ten list of people I have to talk to.

Me, I’m going as much for the road trip as the conference itself. Around noon tomorrow, I am going to be picked up in Belleville by Maryjane Maffini, Barbara Fradkin, and R.J. Harlick. We will then bounce down the road, chattering and laughing all the way, for the eleven hour (plus stops) drive to Indianapolis. We are all together on the O Canada panel (AKA PARTY), Thursday at 4:30.

We have taken the liberty of giving our panel a new sub-title: A Criminal Romp through the Wilds of Canada. The fifth member of the panel is Anthony Bidulka and I am aware Tony is very worried that he will have to do the panel all by himself if we are arrested at the border.

If we are arrested it will probably be because of the wonderful Canadian food we are bringing as part of our panel/party. I have made Kootenay Kookies and have bought Smarties. I know there will be Inuit Tea, Nanaimo bars, maple leaf cookies, and all sorts of other delicacies. (Hum – if that is how we define Canadian cuisine, many of our foreign friends will get the impression we don’t bother with things like fruit and vegetables or meat or daily products.)

We will also be arrayed in various degrees of sartorial splendour illustrative of our proud heritage.

And bearing books – that goes without saying. To kick the panel off we have devised a few skill-testing questions for the audience with books as prizes, including the Crime Writers of Canada cookbook, Dishes to Die For, edited by our own Rick Blechta.

We will also be giving away copies of the Crime Writers of Canada catalogue, but you don’t have to be at Bouchercon to get one of those. Just go to and sign up for Cool Canadian Crime.


Dana King said...

No Timbits? This is quite disappointing.

Anthony Bidulka said...

Where shall I send bail?