Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bloody Words Convention

It is my pleasure to introduce this Sunday’s guest blogger, Cheryl Freedman, former Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada. She’s also spent many years as one of the volunteers (currently as the Publications Chair) for Bloody Words, the only Canadian Crime Writing Convention and well worth attending. Find out why below!


When Rick asked me to write a guest blog about Bloody Words, I figured no problem. After all, this year being the 10th anniversary of the conference, I’d have lots to write about. Well, I forgot about the problem of embarras de richesses – far too many details to choose from, to say nothing of digging out said information from my mental, paper, and e-files. My brain called me some interesting names (hell, didn’t know that it knew some of those words) and promptly shut down.

So I’m afraid that this is going to turn into some BCP (blatant con promotion), starting right here.

Mark the weekend of May 28 to 30, 2010, on your calendar, and come celebrate 10 years of Bloody Words, Canada’s largest and longest-running (mostly) annual conference for crime/mystery authors and readers. We were founded in 1999 by mystery author and Da Once and Future Bloody Boss Caro Soles (most recent mystery: Drag Queen in the Court of Death). BTW, don’t try to figure out the math as to why, if BW started in 1999, the con is only 10 years old: There was no Bloody Words in 2004 (Toronto Bouchercon) and 2007 (an unfortunate incident with an organizer in another city screwing up).

Since our humble start in 1999 in the sweat bath known as the Arts and Letters Club to our current 2010 home at the downtown Toronto Hilton – with stops in Ottawa (2003 and 2009) and at the Delta and Marriott hotels in Toronto – we’ve seen Bloody Words grow in the number of guests of honour, attendees, participants, and events. We pride ourselves on our intimacy – we cap registration at 300 people so that anyone can walk up to anyone else – another fan or best-selling author – and start to chat.

To celebrate our birthday, we are thrilled to have three award-winning authors as our special guests:
  • Canadian Guest of Honour – Giles Blunt
  • International Guest of Honour – Deon Meyer (South Africa)
  • Master of Ceremonies – Linwood Barclay

If you want to find out more about our guest, check out our first progress report at And while you’re at the site, why not register for the con The cost is $175, which should nicely take care of the holiday money burning a hole in your pocket.

Here’s what you get for your registration:
  • reception & banquet
  • two tracks of panels on everything from first novels to the latest in forensics and publishing
  • the Mystery Café
  • loot bags (with lots of free books & stuff)
  • lots of authors, fans, and folks in the publishing biz to schmooze with
  • dealers’ room
  • Bony Pete short story contest
  • the Hammett Awards
  • three workshops
  • manuscript evaluation service (small extra fee)
  • an opportunity to pitch your book to an agent
  • the Friday night special event – a party to celebrate our 10th birthday
  • plus, of course, some surprises

If you want more information, you can contact us at

Hope to see many of you at Bloody Words 2010. And thanks, Rick.


Vicki Delany said...

If you are a fan of Linwood Barclay (and who isn't) you'll want to attend the banquet. I hope he talks about his vascectomy.

Rick Blechta said...

I hope he talks about his vasectomy.


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