International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch


Marvelous Mystery Conferences at Home

Bouchercon 2014
This Bouchercon will be in Long Beach, California, November 13-16. Guests of Honor include J. A. Jance, Edward Marston (International Guest of Honor), Eoin Colfer (YA Guest of Honor) ; Jeffrey Deaver (Lifetime Achievement Award); Al Abramson, (Fan Guest of Honor) and Simon Wood, Toastmaster.

A literary conference  held in Philadelphia, October 29-November 2, 2014, dedicated to the celebration of the Noir, past, present and future. Also featured is the presentation of the Jay and Deen Kogan Award. The conference, held in the Carbaret Room of the Society Hill Playhouse, is billed as  a "great weekend of lively conversation, wonderful company and entertaining multimedia presentations."


Marvelous Mystery Conferences Abroad

Semana Negra
This combination of mystery and carnival takes place every year in Gijon, Spain, usually in mid July. IACW/NA members who have been published in Spain (or in Spanish translation) are always welcome. Our founding father, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, is the organizer. 


Mystery Writers Organizations

Crime Writers of Canada
The CWC's mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers from coast to coast. They present the Arthur Ellis awards annually and publish an electronic and printed newsletter, Fingerprints. Members from outside Canada are welcome.

Mystery Writers of America
A large organization of authors, professionals in the field, unpublished writers, and fans.  MWA presents the EdgarŽ Awards annually at a posh banquet in New York.  Their motto: "Crime Does Not Pay -- Enough."

Sisters in Crime
An international organization with 48 chapters worldwide. Their mission statement: "To combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, educate publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raise the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promote the professional advancement of women who write mysteries."


Mystery Websites

Detectives Beyond Borders
A Forum for International Crime Fiction. Webmaster Peter Rozovksy says:  "It's a forum about some of the best crime writers from outside North America and about issues relating to their work. You'll read about interesting authors, meet people from interesting places, and find links to some cool sites. Drop in, check out the writers, suggest some of your own, and join the discussion.”

The Gumshoe Site
This one is really great for giving you all the news you need to know without the chatter.  Admirably managed by CyberGumshoe Jiro Kirmura of Japan, who's also a member of IACW/NA.


Some Publishers, at Home and Abroad

Akashic Books
Their motto is "reverse-gentrification of the literary world," and they are doing a fine job with both domestic and foreign works in translation.  Of particular interest a series of Cuban noir novels.  They also have Brooklyn Noir  and Brooklyn Noir 2, with more noirs from more cities to come.

Bitter Lemon Press
They say they publish "the best literary crime in the world." This new London based independent publisher aims to bring their readers high quality literary thrillers and other contemporary fiction from abroad. Their list includes talented authors from Europe, North Africa and Latin America who, up to now, have been little known in the English speaking world.