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Our Choice Selections Pt. 2 -Bouchercon 2009

Not as long as Part One, primarily because Sunday is pretty limited in terms of a variety of offerings. Don't forget the continuing conversation that runs from 9a-3:30p on Saturday.

Saturday 9am - 9:55am
THE COLD DEAD HAND OF THE PAST
Ross Macdonald used the past as his grim reaper. Who's doing it today?

Sandra Parshall (M), Thomas H. Cook, Deborah Crombie, Jennifer McMahon, Dan Waddell

If they give away free Kindles I might decide to claw my way into that panel.

Saturday 10:30am - 11:35am
AUTOPSIES IN THE DARK
Can forensic mysteries deal with the unanswerable questions?

Alan Jacobson (M), Lisa Black, D.H. Dublin, Kathryn Fox

Okay, so you will probably be over a the MWA Poe panel. Pound for pound best group of writers all weekend. I might peak into that panel, but also the Crime Through Time panel and Serial Killers panel may tempt me.

Saturday 1:00 pm - 1:55pm
WAR CRIMES
How war shapes character and crime novels.

Suzanne Arruda (M), James R. Benn, Rebecca Cantrell, Martin Limon, Charles Todd

Not all Crime Novels featuring War as a back drop are historical, but they do happen to be the ones that interest me. The IMBA and Dilys Winn Award panel looks like a good one too.

Saturday 2:30pm - 3:25pm
DEATH IS MY BEAT
Reporters as protagonists in the changing worlds of journalism and crime fiction.

Brad Parks (M), Brian Gurley, David Heinzmann, Rick Mofina, Cheryl Solmini

I really get a kick out of the Journalist as PI, too bad there are so few authors doing it. Hopefully I will a few more at here.

Saturday 4:15pm - 6:00pm
Anthony Awards ceremony and Reception.

Will any of my predictions came true. Probably not. The Auction follows from 7p-9p. Lets see if I have any money left to buy anything?

Sunday 9am - 11am
THE BOOK BAZAAR.

Hosted by that shrinking violet J.A. Konrath, this program promises 70 author will be in attendance. Tickets are to be exchanged for free books. Not sure how many 'free' books you can pick up here, but do you really have room in your luggage for it anyway?

Sunday 10a - 10:55a
WOULD I LIE TO YOU?
S.J. Rozan poses questions to a star-studded panel of authors. Three of the authors will answer truthfully. One will lie. Can you identify the liar? The audience will vote and prizes will be awarded at the end of the hour.

This panel was a complete blast last year. I'll be packing up the car and heading back for the last panel of the 2009 Bouchercon.

Alright. There it is. The 'Best of Bouchercon 2009'. Now I only have a 9 hour drive back to Rochester.

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