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Check out some of the many festivals for crime and crime fiction lovers happening throughout the year. If we’ve missed your festival and you want to have it added to our site please contact us. Festivals are listed in alphabetical order.

Bloody Words VIII
Bloody Words is Canada’s oldest and largest gathering of mystery readers and authors.
June 6-8, 2008

Book ‘Em
Waynesboro, Virginia’s police department-hosted book fair that brings together writers and fans to increase literacy and decrease crime rates.

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference
This conference covers everything mystery writers need - from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher. Students work closely with mystery writers, agents, editors, and publishers as well as investigators and crime-fighting professionals. Held in Corte Madera, CA.
June 26-29, 2008

Bouchercon World Mystery Convention
One of the world’s biggest annual crime and mystery writing convention, for writers and readers alike. Location changes each year.
October 9-12, 2008

A biennial international event in Bristol, UK, which follows the format of the Left Coast Crime Festival in the US.
June 5-8, 2008

The Forensic Science Society Conference
A periodic U.K. conference where leading scientists and crime writers present some fascinating facts on crime and crime fiction.

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival
Yorkshire, England’s well-respected crime writing festival gleans the top names in the genre and offers a novel of the year award.
July 17-20, 2008


Left Coast Crime – Murder on the Rocks
The 18th Annual Western Mystery Fan Convention, one of the US’s largest crime fiction conventions, will be held in Denver, Colorado.

Love is Murder
Chicago’s conference for fans, authors, and aspiring writers of mysteries, romantic suspense, horror and thrillers. Panelists include nationally known authors, editors, publishers, and agents, as well a criminal justice experts, attorneys, police offices, and more.
February 6-8, 2009

Magna cum Murder
A popular and well respected forum for crime fiction aficionados in the United States. Held annually in Muncie, Indiana.
October 24-26, 2008

Malice Domestic
An annual event out of Washington, D.C. that salutes traditional mystery books, best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

New England Crime Bake
New England’s Annual Mystery Conference for Writers and Readers.
November 14-16, 2008

Reading Festival of Crime Writing
Three days of author events and more, showcasing a wide range of writers who represent the very best of the genre. This annual festival for readers and writers is held in Reading, UK.
September 12-14, 2008

The Wolfe Island Scene of the Crime
An annual festival for mystery readers and writers. Wolfe Island is the birthplace of Canada’s first crime writer, Grant Allen.
August 9, 2008

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