Mini-Con SCHEDULE

10:00 a.m.                    Registration opens

11:00 a.m.                    Panel:Our hero: the alcoholic detective, & other clichés of crime fiction.Does every cop have to have a murdered wife in his past? Do all PIs drink? And what about that guy walking his dog who, of course, finds a body…or two? Marilyn Kay (moderator), Jane Burfield, Alice Fitzpatrick, Lynn McPherson, Helen Nelson   

Noon – 1:00 p.m.          Lunch & time to visit the book room

1:00 p.m.                      Panel: Snowflakes & triggers & gender, oh myHow do you feel about the current climate of extreme political correctness in books? Does it land us on a slippery slope towards outright censorship? Has it affected you as a reader…or as an author? Joan O’Callaghan (moderator), Melodie Campbell, Mike Martin, Carol Newhouse, Caro Soles

2:00 p.m.                      Panel: From urban jungle to outer space: the police procedural. There are many ways to proceed in a police procedural, from down-and-dirty hyper-realism to a romp in outer space and everything in between. Cheryl Freedman (moderator), Alvin Abram, Nanci Pattenden, Desmond Ryan, Caro Soles

3:00 p.m.                      Panel: How bad do you like your bad guy? The banal face of evil? The psychotic killer? Or the hidden evil within that escapes under pressure? Sylvia Warsh (moderator), Ginger Bolton, Lisa de Nikolits, Elizabeth J. Duncan, Rosemary McCracken

4:00 p.m.                      Panel: Outsiders as heroes.Why do so many protagonists in crime fiction not quite fit in? Or is it only the noir guys who walk alone with no visible friends? Helen Lightbown (moderator), Ryan Aldred, Cathy Astolfo, Rickie Blair, Ed Piwowarczyk

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.            Go forth & mingle, chat, & visit the book room

6:30 p.m.                      Dinner & Ave atque vale: a few words of farewell from the Chair

7:30 p.m. (approx.)        The Grand Announcement of the

                                         2019 Bony Blithe Award winner!