I've been a bit remiss in my posting these days - but I try to post only when I have something to say, as I don't like to recycle other people's content.
This week I'd like to put in a plug for Malice Domestic, one of the great mystery lovers' conventions. This year it will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, from May 2 - May 4th.
I've attended two or three times in the past, and I can say that this is a wonderful conference. Of course, it tends to attract lovers of cozies, but really, there's something for everyone, unless you're of the "I need lots of blood and guts" school of mystery reading.
The panels are always fun, enlightening, and entertaining ... and not the same old, same old, so readers and writers can always feel as though there's something new and different to try. And, of course, the Agatha Award is presented at this convention, and that's always fun. (I wonder if, in the future, there will be an "Agatho" Award for most opinionated blogger.)
This year, Malice offers three lifetime achievement awards, rather than the usual one: to Margaret Maron, Joan Hess, and Dorothy Cannell (I particularly enjoyed her Withering Heights).
The best thing I can say about any convention is "There's so much going on that I'm frustrated that I can't be in three places at once." What a lovely option in life - to choose the greatest among goods, rather than the least of the evils. Malice Domestic is a welcoming place where there are many, many goods to choose from. If you're on the East Coast, stop in and celebrate the genre with the many devoted readers, writers, organizers, and volunteers who make Malice a success year after year.