SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR — SCOTT TUROW
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent (1987) and its sequel, Innocent (May 4, 2010), and his newest novel Identical(2013). His works of non-fiction include One L (1977) about his experience as a law student, and Ultimate Punishment (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy and The Atlantic. Mr. Turow’s books have won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 2004 for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine‘s Best Work of Fiction, 1999 for Personal Injuries. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries.
Mr. Turow continues to work as an attorney. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of an international firm, Dentons (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal), since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense while also devoting a substantial amount of time to pro bono matters.
Scott Turow has three adult children. He lives outside Chicago. See more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/scottturow/bio.html#sthash.qb2lJRWM.dpuf
EXEMPLARY BODY OF WORK — WALTER MOSLEY
Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.
DISTINGUISHED GUEST OF HONOR — ANNE PERRY
Anne Perry is the international bestselling author of over fifty novels, which have sold over 25 million copies. The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s “100 Masters of Crime”. In 2015 she was awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro.
Her first series of Victorian crime novels, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, began with The Cater Street Hangman. The latest of these, The Angel Court Affair, is her most recent of many appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.
In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger. These are set about 35 years before the Pitt series, and feature the private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The most recent of these (21st in the series) is Corridors of the Night (April 2015).
Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story “Heroes”. The main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series set during the First World War. Her other stand-alone novels include her French Revolution novelThe One Thing More, and Sheen on the Silk, which is set in the dangerous and exotic city of Byzantium.
Moving into a different area, Anne has responded to requests for workshops and teaching by producing her first ‘how to write’ instructional DVD “Put Your Heart On The Page” and her much-loved tote bags which also carry that slogan. Both items are now available to buy direct from her website.
LOCAL GUEST OF HONOR — CARA BLACK
Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 14 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.
FAN GUEST OF HONOR — JANET A. RUDOLPH
Janet A. Rudolph is the Editor of the Mystery Readers Journal and Creative Writer/Director at Murder on the Menu andTeamBuilding Unlimited. She blogs daily at MysteryFanfare.com and DyingforChocolate.com, facilitates a weekly mystery book group, hosts Literary Salons with crime writers, and has been a committee and Board member on numerous mystery conventions, including Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime. A long-time contributor to the mystery genre, she received her Ph.D. in religious mystery fiction. She lives in the Berkeley (CA) hills with her husband, two golden retrievers, and three cats who often appear on her Facebook Page along with a daily garden/rose photo (Behind My Garden Gate). She loves gardening, photography, reading …. and long walks on the Beach in Bodega Bay, birds notwithstanding. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the American Crime Writers League.
The Mystery Readers Journal is the official publication of Mystery Readers International. Originally started as a newsletter to update the local mystery community on fun events, it is now one of the most important periodicals in the field. A quarterly, each issue focuses on a specific theme with major articles, author essays, special columns and a calendar of events. Members of MRI award the coveted Macavity for excellence in mystery writing.
Catriona McPherson is the author of the Dandy Gilver series of preposterous detective novels set in Scotland in the 1920s, where but not when she was born. The first of these, AFTER THE ARMISTICE BALL (2005) was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Dagger by the CWA UK and, to date, the series has won an Agatha (DANDY GILVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER, 2012), three consecutive Leftys and the Sue Feder Memorial Macavity.
She also writes contemporary standalone suspense novels. AS SHE LEFT IT (2013) won an Anthony, THE DAY SHE DIED (2014) won another Anthony and was shortlisted for an Edgar, and THE CHILD GARDEN (2015) was a Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha finalist.
Catriona was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh University, leaving with a PhD in Linguistics. She immigrated to northern California in 2010. She has worked as passable library assistant (which gave good material for 2016’s QUIET NEIGHBORS), a miserable university professor (great material for 2015’s COME TO HARM though) and a hopeless bank clerk (no good for anything), but is now a full-time writer and hopes never to have a proper job again.
She is a proud member of MWA, CWA, SoA, PEN, a lifetime member and past-president of Sisters in Crime, and is delighted to be the 2020 Bouchercon toastmaster.